The Powerful Compassion of Jesus - Luke 7:11-17


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The cruelty of death does not have the final word. The powerful compassion of Jesus does.

The message was given on Nov 3, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to

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The Powerful Compassion of Jesus - Luke 7:11-17

  1. 1. The Powerful Compassion of Jesus Luke 7:11-17 image: don
  2. 2. God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life Today’s Scripture: Luke 7:11-17 Found on page 856 in our guest Bibles.
  3. 3. “I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” ~ Woody Allen
  4. 4. Luke 7:11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him....
  5. 5. Luke 7:12 As he drew near to the gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her....
  6. 6. Luke 7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep....”
  7. 7. Luke 7:14 Then he came up and touched the brier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise....”
  8. 8. Luke 7:15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother....
  9. 9. Luke 7:16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people...!”
  10. 10. Luke 7:17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
  11. 11. “This is a good story and all, but I don’t know if I can buy it.”
  12. 12. ~ The Apostle Peter Acts 2:22ff Jesus of crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it... This Jesus, God raised up, and we are all witnesses.
  13. 13. Quadratus Early Christian Apologist
  14. 14. “The persons who were healed and those who were raised from the dead by Jesus were not only seen when they were healed and raised, but were always present also afterwards...; Quadratus in a letter to Hadrian the Emperor, c. 125AD
  15. 15. “...and not merely during the time that the Savior walked upon the earth—but after His departure also they were still there for a considerable time, so that some of them lived even until our times.” Quadratus in a letter to Hadrian the Emperor, c. 125AD
  16. 16. Important Question Why does Luke include this event in his historical biography of Jesus?
  17. 17. Main Idea The cruelty of death does not have the final word. The powerful compassion of Jesus does.
  18. 18. 1 Properly identify Jesus Image: Bart van de Biezen
  19. 19. “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as through dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” ~ The Apostle John Revelation 1:17
  20. 20. “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live…. Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice, and come out….” ~ Jesus of Nazareth, Gospel of John, (5:25, 28-9a)
  21. 21. “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power…. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” ~ The Apostle Paul 1 Corinthians 15:24-25
  22. 22. 2 Anchor your hope in Jesus image: Lawrence OP
  23. 23. ~ Revelation 21 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’”
  24. 24. ~ Aslan, The Last Battle “The Chronicles of Narnia”
  25. 25. “Have you not guessed?” Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them. “There was a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are—as you used to call it in the Shadowlands—dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”
  26. 26. “The things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story....
  27. 27. “All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
  28. 28. flickr images courtesy of: Don: Bart van de Biezen: Lawrence OP: other images: Hemera Technologies / 89675574