NW01108 -The open grave, the open coffin and the closed room

Luke 8:50-56

But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”  When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.”  And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.  But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.”  Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened. NKJV

Now then, King Hezekiah’s life was spared a further fifteen years and from his active loins sprang the monster, King Mannesah, who so angered and offended the Lord, that the whole nation was summarily destroyed. The moral of the story surely being, “be careful what you ask for.”

The second of Christ’s three miracles of resurrecting the dead was that of the only son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17). When Jesus, His entourage and the following crowd arrived,  they met the sad funeral procession at the gate of the city. The living were going in, the dead were being carried out. The widow asked nothing of Jesus, but He, having compassion on the bereaving mother said to her, “Do not weep,” and touching the open coffin, said to the corpse, “Young man, I say to you arise.” We don’t know what he said, but the corpse sat up in the coffin and started speaking. There was no hiding this great miracle, and indeed, ‘this report about Him (of the miracle and of him being an undoubtedly great prophet) went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region. This was spectacular advertising!

Three ‘stages’ of death were dealt with in Christs miracles: Lastly, the four day stinking stage of Lazarus when he was called from the open grave. Secondly, the recently dead son of the widow of Nain, when he was called from the open coffin,  and firstly, the fresh little corpse of Jairus’s daughter, when she was called back from the dead in a closed room. We might also note that Christ resurrected the young, the mature and the old, in a closed space, a bustling space and an open space! In a private space, in a public space and in a open space for all the world to see!

We could, but we shall not, go into the Kingdom reasons for the timing of the Lord  revealing Himself to Israel. Suffice to say, that it seems to me that Christ has His timings, His scheduling, and His planning. There was a time and a place for ‘going public.’ Even so, it is also amply evident that the importunate faith of others and the mere compassion of Christ upon the genuine grieving of the parents, seem to have Him move to act out of His timeline.

It is said that, ‘the life of one human being cannot be used merely as means for another’s peace or welfare.’ Yet the widows son was raised for her present peace and future welfare, and the daughter of Jairus was raised for the immediate consolation of both the parents. There may have been other unseen reasons but these are the only reasons to be seen and from them we should find great encouragement to pray for our own dead children.

We know what infamous and devilish destruction came from the progeny of the spared Hezekiah. Even so, God knew it and allowed it. We do not know what blessing or cursing could come from the progeny of the daughter of Jairus or the son of the widow of Nain. Even so, God allowed their resurrection.

God can do whatever He likes, however, I believe God will only call back the dead to participate in this life, only if the departed spirits of those dead were if pre-Pentecost, in the bosom of Abraham, and post-Pentecost, in Christ. Despite their tours and book sales, I have my grave doubts about all of hell’s so called 2nd chancers.

We do not know the long term consequences of our prayers of faith. How can we? Our prayers, moved more often than not by the deep passion for our own present consolation or the deep compassion for another’s, are really all that often move us. We rarely have a future plan in our prayers, yes, we rarely have a future grand design or purpose. We are creatures of the immediate present, seeking consolation in the here and in the now.

Therefore, for all our dead children, those spiritually dead, let us pray for their salvation, even for their spiritual resurrection. Their eternal future must be secured. What their temporal future shall be or the future prospect of their progeny, we must leave with God, else we shall go mad! So, we are taught to number our days, and to pray for our daily bread, and that each day has enough trouble of its own and that daily cares are really all we can healthily cope with. Yes, we are presently fitted mostly to be creatures of the present day.

Let present faith then, and present need, and present desire, and present passion, and present compassion, move you to pray for resurrection. Indeed, may you see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Amen. However, I counsel you in this, that whether the corpse sits up and speaks or not, you must leave their future with God, for a creature of the present day, has no power over future days, nor over the people yet to come.

Listen:  While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”  But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” (Luke 8:49-51 NKJV)

Pray: Lord, look upon us and have pity upon us, Oh great Father, in Christ, because of Christ, through Christ, have compassion upon us we pray. We ask You for our possessed children. Release them O Lord from the devil. We pray for our rebel children O Lord, defeat their wayward heart and bring down their castles of self-destruction. We pray for our sick children, heal them O Lord, amen.  We pray for our dead children, raise them O Lord! Raise them from the dead.  Father, Lord Jesus, Master, Lord of life and love,   place the warm and living hands of our dead daughters and departed sons back into ours we pray, indeed O God, may we see the goodness of the Lord in this, even in the land of our living. Amen and let it be so, yes, amen, and let it be so.

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