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.
Have you ever stood at the graveside of someone you loved? You remember all the wonderful things you and that person used to do, such as play games or attend class or go for bicycle rides in the country. Perhaps it was a grandparent, brother, or sister, or even a mom or dad.
In times like that we need to remember what Jesus said to the widow as she followed the casket of her son. Two simple words: «Don’t cry.»
Jesus wasn’t saying, «Don’t cry because you’re sad.» That’s normal in a sinful world. No, He was saying, «Don’t cry because you think you’ll never see your son again.» He knew better. And so do we.