DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers 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. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
THEME: Receiving new life in JESUS.
WORDS OF HOPE:
In our Ghanaian society and in many parts of Africa, funerals are meant to be a period of mourning and weeping alongside the bereaved. In the city of Nain a widow was going to bury her last hope, her only son, the only source of her livelihood. To her, life had ended and all hope was gone. Then comes in Jesus, the source of hope for the hopeless; he went to her and said, ‘don’t cry’. He touches the coffin and speaks to the dead: ‘Young man, I say to you, gets up’. The dead hears His voice. Isn’t it amazing? In our daily life, Jesus still speaks to the dead, the spiritually dead. The voice of the Lord is heard many times by many people but they refuse to obey, they refuse the promptings of the Lord, others neglect it and many others do not recognize it as the boy Samuel could not recognize the voice of God. Jesus speaks to those who are even spiritually alert. He redirects their path and ways unto the righteous path. He speaks to direct them from doing the wrong thing, from falling away from grace and mercies He has provided for them.
The widow’s son in the coffin heard the commanding voice asking him to get up. Suppose he had refused what would have happened? He would have been buried and rotten away in the tomb. Jesus speaks to give new life, have you received Him and given your life over to him?
Jesus speaks to provide safety and to redirect the course of man unto something more beneficial. Are you listening to him? You ignore His voice at your own risk: ‘Young man, I say to you get up’.
● Pray that you will always be renewed in the name of Jesus.
● Pray that God will always direct your path.
● Pray for you will always rely on the Lord.
Lord, I give myself away so you can use me to the glory of your holy name. Amen🙏🏽