What Jesus Did! 'Reunion!' — Luke 7:14-15

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Jesus walked to the coffin and touched it. The men that were carrying the coffin stopped. Jesus said to the dead son, "Young man, I tell you, get up!" Then the son sat up and began to talk. Jesus gave him to his mother.
— Luke 7:14-15
Illustration of Luke 7:14-15 — "Young man, I tell you, get up!"

Key Thought

Jesus speaks to the dead young man and makes him alive. Then Luke says it so beautifully, "And Jesus gave him back to his mother." Despite death, Jesus brings reunion! Despite the sorrow, Jesus brings back the joy. This one event is a preview of our future in Christ. One day, all those who are dead in Christ will hear his voice and rise from the dead with immortal bodies and join Jesus. Those believers who are still alive when Christ comes will also be changed and go to be with the Lord forever (1 Cor. 15:51-53. This event will be a day of great rejoicing as all Christians will be reunited with each other and united with their Lord.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the promise of reunion with those that I love who have died before me. Thank you for their faith and Jesus' power over death that insures us reunion. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus walked to the coffin and touched it. The men that were carrying the coffin stopped. Jesus said to the dead son, "Young man, I tell you, get up!" Then the son sat up and began to talk. Jesus gave him to his mother.

Luke 7:14-15

Related Scripture Readings

I tell you this, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood (a physical body) cannot have a part in the kingdom of God. A thing that will ruin cannot have a part in something that never ruins. But listen, I tell you this secret: We will not all die, but we will all be changed. It will only take the time of a second. We will be changed as quickly as an eye blinks. This will happen when the last trumpet blows. The trumpet will blow and those {believers} who have died will be raised to live forever. And we {also} will all be changed. This {body} that will ruin must clothe itself with something that will never ruin. And this {body} that dies must clothe itself with something that will never die. So this {body} that ruins will clothe itself with that which never ruins. And this body that dies will clothe itself with that which never dies. When this happens, then the Scriptures will be made true: "Death is swallowed (defeated) in victory." "Death, where is your victory? Grave, where is your power to hurt?" Death's power to hurt is sin. And the power of sin is the law. But we thank God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57

My life is being given as an offering for God. The time has come for me to leave this life here. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now, a crown (reward) is waiting for me. I will get that crown for being right with God. The Lord is the judge who judges rightly. He will give me the crown on that Day. Yes! He will give that crown to me. He will give that crown to all people who have wanted him to come again and have waited for him.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

The Lord himself will come down from heaven. There will be a loud command. That command will be given with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first. After that, we people who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those people who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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