Nain, a village in southwestern Galilee six miles southeast of Nazareth on the northern edge of the Plain of Esdraelon.
Though set on a bleak, rocky slope, the village boasts access to the most fertile farmland in the Valley of Jezreel…
…where rock and soil meet.
Nain lives up to its definition: delightful, pleasantness, green pastures, and lovely by opening out to a vast and beautiful vista across the plain to Carmel, over the Nazareth hills, and out past Mount Tabor to the east and even to the glistening, white peaks of Mount Hermon, a great distance away to the north.
The valley is a sea of living vegetation, awash in the brilliant colors of creation. A balmy breeze flutters waves of emerald grass while wafting the fragrance of blossoming fruit trees and wildflowers across the valley.
But in this valley, teeming with life, is bereavement. A funeral procession departs the village gate, withdrawing the dead from the center of living.
A young man has died, the only son of a widow. While the balmy breezes blow in the valley, a wintery wind whirls in the heart of this widow, now slumped over in her own valley of grief.
Trailing in the wake of the burial bier is the wailing mother, relatives, friends, and other lamenters from the village, all dressed in their mourning garments.
As the group following death departs the city in sorrow, a group following Life waits to enter in joy. Jesus and His disciples stand aside so as not to bump into the death brigade.
At the gate…where death and life meet.
As tears drench this mother’s face, Jesus’ heart fills with deep compassion and He tenderly says to her, “Do not weep.”
He turns to the bier, as those carrying it stop. Laying His hands on it, He commands, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”
Resurrected from the dead and filled with life, the boy sits up and begins to talk.
Where death and life meet…and life wins!
Both crowds erupt in great rejoicing and praising. And the word of the miracle spreads throughout the region.
We are the dead, living yet dead in sin, until we meet Jesus, the Giver of Life. Because of Christ’s deep compassion, He touches the death bier of our lives, resurrecting us and filling us with His Life.
In Him, here death and life meet…
“I am the one who brings people back to life, and I am life itself. Those who believe in Me will live even if they die. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe that?” (John 11:25-26 GW)
…and life wins. Eternally!
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