28 Proof as a disciple

Luke 7:11-17
Isaiah 8:12-18
T Comfort of Jesus overflows and

 "And it came about soon afterwards, that He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large multitude." (11) Luke writes down another miracle of Jesus following healing of the servant of centurion. The town of Nain is in the foot of Mollet mountain called small Hellmon mountain on plains of the Galilee southernmost department which went 10km from Nazareth to the southeast. Because there was "a gate" in the town, it seemed prospered town ever, but it seems to have been a ghost town, in the times of Jesus. This opening sentence will be that Jesus went to Nain while walking over towns and villages to have the training of the disciples. Luke spotlights a surprising wonder that Jesus has revived one son of the widow who died at Nain. At first, let's take it up from that event.

 The article was that "Now as He approached the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, 'Do not weep.' And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt, And He said, 'Young man, I say to you, arise!'. And the dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother." (12-15). About this mother and the son, there is some explanation here; but perhaps there would be some short exchanges between the people who attended when Jesus was approached. Somebody of the disciples who heard it wrote down this event, and it seems that it would become the source material of Luke. Jesus saw her, and felt compassion for her; it would be from the short conversation of that time. And only Luke takes this up, but it will be because a heart of Luke sympathized with gentleness of Jesus. A woman who was a criminal (7:36 -50), a woman possessed by a soul of the illness (13:11 -13), the example of the widow who appealed to an illegal judge, (18:1 -8) etc., we can see many articles (of only Luke) full of comfort of Jesus for such weak people everywhere.


U To the new life

 This son was called "a young man"; but because this was words to point at a man around 40 years old, it is better to image that he was the prime of life either than the youth of tender years, and he already had work to serve mother who brought oneself up. A large number of people of the town attended mother, but it seems to have been a then custom; the kind of professional female mourner was there, but, it was not that the people without direct acquaintance to the son sympathized with her who lost a central pillar's son. Surely, this son and mother would be liked by the people of the town. "Do not weep." (13), Jesus called out to mother, and He approached and touched on the coffin. In then Israel, it was common that a dead person was wrapped up in cloth and put on the board and was carried, and it is thought that to use a coffin was a custom from other country (for example, Egyptian). (It is seen only here in the New Testament.) However, because she is said "mother of widow", this mother and son do not have rich impression expressly here. Possibly, they might be the emigrated person. Then, following a centurion, the chief character of these miracle stories are foreigner; and preaching the Gospel to a foreigner seems to be highlighted by Luke.

 It seems that the people who carried the coffin did not know Jesus, but they would have interest to Jesus who seemed like the center of that crowds, since a large number of crowds came closer. Therefore when Jesus touched a hand on the coffin, they interested for "What will He do?" and they stopped. And, when Jesus said to that dead person, "Arise!", it seems that they would dumbfounded in an instant; but it seems that their surprise would reach in the next moment when the person who should have died got up. But here, Luke distinguishes by separate words for the word that Jesus said "Arise!", and the word that "the dead man sat up". Jesus used the words for daily life simply, "Arise!"; but the son "sat up" in a meaning that he had recovered himself. It is the compound word of the words for "the top" and "newly", and it is used only once here in the New Testament; but it is expression of Luke who seems to be really a doctor, I think. Did Luke want to say he got power of Jesus and could get up for new life? This article seems to suggest that if he had died of a disease, when he revived, his illness has been healed in condition of the new life.


V Proof as a disciple

 Not only the people who carried a coffin and who attended this mother, but a large number of crowds who came to Nain following Jesus were surprised very much also. "And fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, 'A great prophet has arisen among us!" (16) And, about this surprising event, the a lot of people became a witness with disciples. "And this report concerning Him went out all over Judea, and in all the surrounding district." (17)  "A great prophet" for a Jew points at "A prophet like Me"; it was said by Moses at Deuteronomy 18:15. The Deuteronomy is a farewell sermon of Moses. And the people, who heard it as a promise of God, were waiting for the One afterward all the time; the One whom Moses talked about would be the Messiah. And the people of Israel were waiting for the Messiah during several hundred years, "When such great prophet would come?". The people of Nain were not exceptions, too. Therefore, "A great prophet has arisen among us!", "God has visited His people!";, it was their joy. Because, in the Israeli towns or village which there was innumerable, they could invite the Messiah of the promise to the town Nain of themselves. It seems that it was their confession of faith with their praise, "They began glorifying God". Luke called Jesus "the lord" (13). It will be his confession of faith rightly which was resonant saying Amen (Yes, I agree it!). I hear it; Luke wrote this article while putting a wish that the people who read this article confess that Jesus is the Lord influencing life.

 By the way, there was it; "And when day came, He called His disciples to Him; and chose twelve of them, whom He also named apostles:" (6:13). While the remaining time in Galilee decreases, their training begins entrusting with His full authority to succeed His work. It began through the sermon of plains at first (6:20 -49); but the wonder of Jesus was not able to miss to their training, also. The healing of the servant of centurion (7:1 -10) would be the perfect teaching materials which gave an expanse of the Gospel to foreigners. The event in this Nain was so, too. It is an article of Matthew, but there are words to send when Jesus sends 12 apostles to towns and villages. "But rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach , saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons." (10:6-8) It is the article of that the church was born and the time passed for a while; the event that Peter revived a woman called Tabitha in Joppa (the neighborhood of Tel Aviv) is written down in the Acts (9:36 -43). I think that Luke put it on the top of the article of Nain while feeling that apostles carried out the power which was given so wonderfully. Surely, it was the proof of power of Lord which only apostles were able to make. Now, what kind of training will we be going to get from the Lord as a disciple?