The Big Story Devotional: Day 21

Day 21—The Dead Are Raised and the Blind See

Read Luke 7:11–23

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said.

“God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ ”

At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

Reflect

Yesterday we read about Jesus’ words that in Him, the kingdom of God had arrived. Today, we read about Jesus’ actions. Did they too show the arrival of the kingdom of God? This is the question John the Baptist wanted an answer to. He asked, “Are you the one who is to come?” (meaning “the messiah and king we have been waiting for”). And Jesus, instead of saying yes, told His disciples to tell John (who was imprisoned at the time) that the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the sick are healed, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Of course, as we know from our study, these are exactly the signs the prophets said would evidence the arrival of God’s kingdom and God’s Messiah. Jesus’ actions demonstrated who He was and what He came to do.

• Reflect on what it would have been like to see some of the healing and restoration that Jesus brought to the people in and around Jerusalem. What comes to mind? How do you think you would have reacted? What would you have wanted to know about Jesus?

• When you read about Jesus raising the dead to life, giving sight to the blind, healing the sick, causing the lame to walk and the deaf to hear, and telling the poor that there is good news, does any person or group come to mind? Why do you think that is?

• What does it mean for your life that Jesus is the King and Savior?

• What does today’s passage reveal to you about God?

Respond

Father God, thank You for the healing and life that is found in Jesus. Thank You for the new life I have in Him, for the forgiveness I have received through Him, for the ability I have to participate, through the Holy Spirit, in the restoration of this world, and for the promise of eternal life. I pray for Your presence and healing to become more evident in our world and for more and more people to turn to You with open and repentant hearts. May I be someone through whom others will come to know Your healing power and loving presence. Amen.

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