Do Not Weep

Seeing the widow, the Lord’s compassion compelled Him to comfort her before He brought her son to life. The second time YAHSHUA spoke was to the widow’s son while he laid cold in his casket. Going forwardly, He touched the funeral bier, and the pallbearers stood still, He then said, Young man, I say to you, arise!  (Luke 7:12-14) That was another supernatural moment no one expected.  There was much power in the words He uttered, Young man I say to you, arise! That young man, although dead, heard His voice. Those words reflected Him as the Creator of that body. When He said, “I say to you” He was saying, here stands One that is greater than death, the enemy of men. Emphatically and with authority, YAHSHUA’S voice went to the realm of the dead and that young man heard Him calling him specifically from that realm. So, it will be when YAHSHUA will call His bride from the realm of death to resurrection, forwarding her to heaven, her final abode. Each will hear His voice calling them by their names. Since their spirits are already in heaven, that will be the completion of her salvation, when she will be presented with her new and uncorrupted body. That was the mystery Paul mentioned to the church in Corinthians. He said, Take notice! I tell you a mystery, we shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet call…and when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up in and into victory (I Cor. 15:51,54). That young man and the others whom YAHSHUA brought to life, did not experience the eternal resurrection. They died again; their bodies are still in the grave, waiting the call to their final resurrection.

The example YAHSHUA displayed at the time when He compassionately brought the widow’s son to life, was one of mercy. From the beginning, when He created man, His intent was for him to live. He takes no pleasure in the death of men. Death, as an enemy, has taken man’s life as a consequence of his sinning against God’s command. An open door that will be closed only at the consummation of all things. Death will then be swallowed up in and unto victory, as Paul said. When YAHSHUA raised that young man to life, He fought the power of death over him with His words. The spoken and written word of God’s power will bring death’s power to naught. The Psalmist says, he sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction (107:20). There is a special place in our God’s heart for widows. In Exodus 22:21 He says, You shall not ill-treat any widow or orphan. If you mistreat them, I will heed their cry as soon as they cry out to me, and my anger shall blaze forth and I will put you to the sword and your own wives shall become widows and your children orphans. The Jewish nation was to give special attention to widows, orphans and the poor. God, Who established rules for Israel’s daily living, did not abandoned them; but included them in His rules. The widows, the orphans and the poor among them should not go hungry at any time. In Deuteronomy 14:28-29 says, At the end of every three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levites and the stranger or temporary resident, and the fatherless and the widow who are in your towns shall come and eat and be satisfied, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.

In His last moment before He gave up His Spirit, He remembered His mother, a possible widow, who needed care. Even though, He had other half brothers and sisters, but being the oldest, He took upon Himself to provide a care taker for His mother according to the law before He left. He trusted her to His friend, John, one of His apostles, who faithfully followed Him. John wrote: …YAHSHUA seeing His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, woman, see, [here is] your son! Then He said to the disciple, See, your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own (John 19:26-27) YAHSHUA was aware of His mother’s anguish having to lose her Son. It hadn’t been long ago when touched by compassion, He raised the son of a widow, who desperately needed his son. Now, His heart was compassionate for His mother, whose heart was bleeding for her son, witnessing His cruel death. Things were different; He had to fulfill that for which He had come. That was the moment when the prophetic words from God’s faithful servant, Simeon were being fulfilled. He said to Mary, Behold, this child is appointed and destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against. And a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that the secret thoughts and purposes of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed (Luke 2:34-35). When YAHSHUA presented John to His mother as her son, at that moment, He was releasing Himself from the root of His humanity, to return to where He had come from and to His divine position of Son of God in its entirety; when He presented His mother to John as his mother, He was re-enforcing and fulfilling the Law concerning widows as an older son.

There is nothing more devasting than for an old woman to lose her husband of many years. Age in itself has a way to handicap us with disabilities that come to stay. Think, for example, the brain loses its abilities to focus, and remember names and many other important things; our strength has a way to go somewhere else, we cannot see, nor hear well; teeth, must be replaced, for the old ones had to retire. Our companion is a cane or a walker to help us to get where we want to go. Because companionship is the most important thing in a marriage that lasted long; it is as important to the soul, as food is for the body, loneliness, usually follows. That’s where YAHSHUA comes in, if we are willing to let Him comfort us, to meet our emotional need.  The widow from Nain had gone through widowhood, and now losing her son, her strength, her provision, was devastating for her to face the world. But in the midst of her sorrow, sobs, there came hope for her through the words, “Young man, I say to you arise!”

Whatever season of life you are experiencing today, may it be a loss of a son or of a daughter or husband, know that YAHSHUA understands. He had to go through it with His mother when He died on the cross; He goes through with us along the way of sorrow and loneliness and depression. Trust Him, and you will experience a wave of peace covering you. Let Him touch your heart and mend it. Faithful is He Who promised to be with us and He will do it.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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