Posted by: duncandrews | April 13, 2011

A life and death sermon (part 4): ‘Get up’

On luke 7:11-17. Series so far: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

You can hear both crowds freeze, and hold their breath. Who does this guy think he is? I mean, is he just socially incompetent? Doesn’t he know the rules? Or even worse, is he mean-spirited, and thoughtless, to do something so incredibly insensitive. To tell a mum who’s just lost her kid to stop crying. To put his hand on the dead body and stop the procession. Just think about how incredibly shocking that is.

But maybe Jesus is neither stupid nor evil. Maybe he’s something else altogether.

He touches the dead man, touches death itself, and everything stops. All eyes are on him, everyone’s holding their breath.

And then he says it: ‘Young man, I say to you, get up.’

No fanfare, no grandstanding. He doesn’t break a sweat, doesn’t even roll up his sleeves. All he does is give the word, and the dead man gets up. He sucks in breath and starts to talk. And Jesus gives him back to his mother. And in this one split second, she’s transformed from the most miserable to the most joyful person.

And the two crowds, in this one split second become one crowd. Jaws drop. They rub their eyes to check if they’re dreaming. And suddenly, they’re no longer just groupies following a miracle worker; or mourners at a funeral; they’re one crowd, united in their wonder of Jesus, and they all praise God.

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