How many times do we just sit down to read the bible as if we are punching a time card for God saying “alright, there you go God, I did my fifteen minutes, I’m spiritual” And in doing so we miss the real point and beauty of what God is saying. Take this story in Luke about a mother losing her only son to sickness.
“A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The boy who had died was the only son of a widow, and many mourners were with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” He said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it and the bearers stopped. “Young man, He said, Get up”. Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk to those around him! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.”
There is a funeral in which a boy has just died. This alone makes you feel sad, but then you go on and read that this boy was his mothers only son. You continue to read that the mother is also a widow. So she has lost not only her husband but now here is losing her only son. You see her crying her eyes out over the loss of the only thing that matters in her life. Here Jesus sees her and it says “His heart is overflowed with compassion.” Isn’t that amazing to know that the God of the universe, His heart, goes out to you and me when we are distraught! He was deeply saddened for this woman. You can see him placing his hand on her face, wiping away her tears with his thumb and saying, Don’t cry, everything will be alright. He than walks over to the coffin in which the bearers stop walking. You can see them making eye contact with Jesus as he places his hand on the top and opens it up. You can see them with their puzzled look, glancing at each other as he does it because in this time period to touch a coffin or dead person was a ceremonially defiling act. He looks down at the boy laying there dead and says, Young man, get up! You can then picture his eyes opening and Jesus smiling as the boy sits up in the coffin still being held by the bearers. It says he begins to talk. In our mind you picture him saying some holy prayer or something but in actuality he probably had a very normal response and said something like…was i dead? I was dead and now I’m alive! I WAS DEAD, BUT NOT ANYMORE and here is Jesus, still smiling, as he picks up this widow’s son out of the coffin and carries him over to his mother who is drenched in tears. I don’t know about you, but when you read the bible this way it makes it come alive, and this is what God wants. He wants you to be drawn into the story so he can have a deeper, intimate, relationship with you. So that you can say I was dead, but not anymore!