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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Then [Jesus] walked over to the coffin [of the widow's son] and touched it, and the bearers stopped. "Young man," he said, "I tell you, get up." Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
— Luke 7:14-15 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:14-15 NLT — "Young man,"   ——   "I tell you, get up."

Key Thought

Jesus spoke to the dead young man and made him alive. Then Luke says it so beautifully, "And Jesus gave him back to his mother." Despite death, Jesus brings reunion! Despite sorrow, Jesus brings back joy. This 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 Corinthians 15:51-53). Christ's return will be a time 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 ensures our reunion. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
  • 2 Timothy 4:6-8
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.