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I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long."

Psalm 146




Sermon Excerpt:   God of Compassion, Luke 7:11-17, by Rev. Frank Schaefer

When pastors get together, you will hear the most incredible stories. One pastor once told the story of one of his colleagues in ministry, a young man fresh out of seminary at the time. While conducting his first grave-side service, he stepped backwards, lost balance and somehow ended up on top of the casket which, in turn, went down into the grave under his weight. The teller of the story then proceeded accompanied by the laughter of others: “now, there is no graceful recovery from that!  Unless, of course, you happen to bring the deceased back up with you."

Our bible story from the New Testament tells us that Jesus had compassion on a widow who was in distress.  This poor woman was about to burry her only son, so he raises him from the dead.

Jesus stops the hearse, touches the coffin and says: "Young man, I say to you, rise!" Now, this could potentially have been the most embarrassing moment of Jesus’ ministry, had the body of the boy not responded. After all, this was Jesus’ first raising from the dead experience—it was pretty early in his ministry career.  But of course, the boy did get up.

The fact that it mentions that the mourners were overcome with fear sounds realistic.  Imagine you would witness something like this at a funeral you attend; imagine the corpse would start twitching, then sit up and start walking around.  Joy would only set in after the initial shock. . .  Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript.