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Young Man, I Say to You, Arise (Luke 7:11-17) - 6/18/23


  • Jesus brings to life the son of a widow.

  • The authority and compassion of Jesus.

  • Ministering those that are considered outcasts by society (the helpless and hopeless)

  • Jesus raising the dead. HE IS GOD.

  • A picture of the POWERF OF THE GOSPEL

His Timing – vv. 11-12

  • Nain. Small village 20 miles SW of Capernaum (nothing special)

  • Jesus had a plan and a purpose. All things are done for a reason.

  • His Lordship and Providence (Fit together perfectly)

God’s providence

Providence is the continuing work of God to sustain in existence the created universe and all it contains, directing it toward its divinely designed end. GREGG R. ALLISON, 50 CORE TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND TEACHING THEOLOGY (GRAND RAPIDS, MI: BAKER BOOKS: A DIVISION OF BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP, 2018), 103.
Divine providence is God’s preserving his creation, operating in every event in the world, and directing the things in the universe to his appointed end for them. JOHN MACARTHUR AND RICHARD MAYHUE, EDS., BIBLICAL DOCTRINE: A SYSTEMATIC SUMMARY OF BIBLE TRUTH (WHEATON, IL: CROSSWAY, 2017), 218.
The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one’s spiritual and eternal good (Rom. 8:28). J. I. PACKER, CONCISE THEOLOGY: A GUIDE TO HISTORIC CHRISTIAN BELIEFS (WHEATON, IL: TYNDALE HOUSE, 1993), 56.

His Love – v. 13

  • Only son has passed

    • End of the lineage

  • Widow. No help from society

  • Dependent on someone for everything.

His Power (authority) – vv. 14-15

  • Raising the dead.

    • Instantly and completely

  • It was against ceremonial law to touch the casket, but Jesus is demonstrating His power over death.

  • A picture of the Gospel.

  • Old to New. Dead to Alive

  • Gave him back to his mother (1 Kings 17:23 – Elijah)

His Glory – vv. 16-17

  • Fear (phobos…phobia) astonishment, flee from)

    • Over the demonstration of God’s power

  • LEADS to Glory

  • The miraculous points to God’s Glory

  • The TV miracles point to pastors and the peoples faith. (prosperity gospel)


    • Were they sincere? Did they realize that God had visited them by the presence of Jesus Christ? Their words say yes, but their actions say no. (Israel denied who Christ was)

    • Mary understood John 11:25-27

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