Who is deserving? … Sunday, June 9

The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 2...

Jesus walking down the road, looking. What, who, is He looking for?

Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst, ” and “God has visited his people.” This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.

     A touching story. A grieving mother, her only son dead and on the way to being buried, a sympathetic crowd of friends and family and locals mourning the son’s death and the mother’s loss. All very human, very real. And seemingly very much an end. An end to life and living in more ways than one because not only has the young man lost his life but his mother has, in a way, lost her’s too. Who’ll take care of her in her old age? Who does she have left to turn to? Enter Jesus.
     That God would even take the time is amazing. An amazing proof of His love for us. Jesus understood. And He sympathized, He cared, He cared enough to act. Which action on His part ought to make us ask ourselves what we would do in a similar situation. Would we, as the current representatives of Christ, do anything? What should we do? Well, what did we do the last time we were confronted with the need of another? Because what ever we did then is probably our pattern. Does it need changing? Was it what it should have been?
     Its the reaction of the crowd that amazes me. You’d think they’d all come running to Jesus after having seen this. “Lord, I’ve got a bad back and can’t work. Can you fix it please?” “Lord, my eyesight is poor and I can’t read the Holy Books in Synagogue. Can you help?” And so forth. But that’s not what happened, is it? No, the Bible says that “fear seized them all”. Why? Maybe because the back was bad but they knew themselves unworthy due to their many sins? Maybe the eyesight was poor but the living was poorer? Maybe because any body that could give life could probably take it away, and if He really knew what kind of person I am I wouldn’t stand a chance.
     There are lots of times that we are plagued with fear. Some of its good. Fear of being hurt or worse keeps some folks from crossing the interstate at rush hour. But other fears? Not so good. These fears keep us from approaching God, keep us at a distance, keep us from asking for what we honestly need from the only One Who can honestly give it. We need mercy. Whatever else we need we need mercy. And the way we view ourselves? The fear? That’s not how God sees us or wants us to act towards Him. Because in God’s eyes the ones who are the least deserving are the ones who need it the most and so the very ones He desires to collect up and hold in His arms the most.
     “I came not to call the just, but sinners to penance.” Luke 5:32.
     Remember that when Jesus was walking down that dusty road, when He came upon the funeral procession, He wasn’t looking for a healthy person with no needs. He was looking for a corpse. Now? He’s still not looking for the healthy ones. They don’t need Him. He’s looking for those sick in body, mind, spirit, and soul. If we’re afraid of this then we shorten God’s hand and there’s nothing He can do for us because our fear is like a wall we put up, keeping our hurts in and Him out.
     Jesus came to save and heal and to be turned to, not to be turned away from or run from. The ones feeling the need to run because of their lives? These (us) are the very ones He came for, just like He came for the dead son being taken to his grave. Those of us thinking that we’d be the last thing Jesus would be looking for? We’re the ones He seeks.


  1. Thank you! I do not always get to comment but so look forward to your postings, Thank You!

    • Thank you. Its Sunday and this is the day the Lord has made, Psalm 118:24. Have a blessed day. 🙂

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