DayBreaks for 6/01/16 – Life and Death on a Collision Course
If ever there were a case of stark contrasts, it was surely found on a dusty road near the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. Two processions were taking place – one going into Nain and headed up by Jesus, the Lord of Life; the other going out of Nain and headed up by death. Having eaten a dinner in Nain about two years ago, I can see it vividly in my mind’s eye.
The two processions were on a collision course. Can’t you just see it?! It is as if there were two trains hurtling towards one another on the same track: a collision was inevitable. Or, if it helps you picture it better, think of the scene from the movie “The Patriot” starring Mel Gibson where a long line of British Redcoats and a long line of American Revolutionaries are charging towards each other. You know something must to give and yield.
Most people believe that death never gives way. We’ve always been told that the two certain things in life are death and taxes. Death comes upon every person. The statistics are very impressive, 100% of those who have ever been born have died (with apparently, just two exceptions.) And again, with a few exceptions, most of those who have died have stayed dead. Death is certain and death is immovable.
When the young man entered death, it was his final step. When death takes hold of a person, there is no return, no going back, no appeal, no argument. Death is the end and it has the last word. And in our Scripture passage we see that it has spoken on the life of the only son of a widow in Nain.
However, coming to meet the procession headed by death is the procession headed by Jesus. Jesus also came to have the last word. Jesus is life Himself and He came that people should have life and have it to the full.
What will happen when these two processions meet at the town gate of Nain? Will it be the procession headed by Jesus or will it be the procession headed by the coffin and the corpse that gives way?
You know the story. Perhaps you just needed that reminder, that word of encouragement today. Death will one day yield all 100% what it claimed. It will not be able to hold even a single one.
PRAYER: Jesus, I love this story of the widow’s son and how your compassion compelled you to show your Lordship over even our greatest enemy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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