Luke 7:11-17 (NIV84)
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it 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. (Luke7:13-15)
Ok, there is healing, and then there is healing! Raising someone from the dead is next level stuff! Right?
Look at the response of the people. They say “God has come to help His people.” These people were on the outskirts of the territory. And the mother of the one healed is a widow. She is on the margins of society as well. These are the people that are “God’s people.” The Gospel is good news to those on the margins. God cares for these people and brings miracle-working power to these people in Jesus.
The second thing they declare is “a great prophet is amongst us.” Like the story of Elijah who worked miracles for the widow in this very area hundreds of years before, Jesus comes as a great prophet to work God’s word. Notice the people refer to Jesus as a prophet, not because he predicted the future, or declared “thus says the Lord.” Jesus was called a prophet because He healed and raised a dead man to life. Healing is bringing God’s word in this case.
So, if healing is what prophets do, what does it mean for the people of God who were called and empowered to prophesy (see Acts 2)?
Today consider who the people that are on the fringes in your life are? How can you go to them and embrace them? How can you be a conduit of the healing Word of Jesus?