Things Are Not Going To Be The Way They Used To Be: A King Is Coming To Town
“And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.” —Luke 7:11-15
Not long ago, I was preaching in Wichita, Kansas, at Berean Assembly, which is pastored by Jim Hashbarger. It was Sunday morning, and during the praise and worship, the worship leader shared with us a wonderful testimony that I feel will be a blessing to all who read this article.
The story took place in the country of South Africa, in the early 1920s, in a small town where there was a fledging Pentecostal church of maybe 35 people, at most. There was a young teenage girl who became very ill, to the point of having to be put in the hospital. After extensive tests, the doctor told her parents she was going to die and there was nothing that could be done for her. A couple of days later, she slipped into a coma, and the doctors told her parents that she could die at any time.
In that small Pentecostal church, there were a few teenagers who decided to start going to the hospital to pray for a miracle of healing. At first, the doctors thought they were fanatics and tried to stop them, but the girl’s parents insisted that they be allowed to come and pray for their daughter.
About three days later, during their time of prayer in her hospital room, all of a sudden the girl opened her eyes and began to speak. The hospital staff came running to her room. They were in shock. They called the doctor, who had gone home for the day, and told him how the young lady was awake, talking, and asking for something to eat. He jumped into his car and rushed to the hospital. When he got there and examined her, all he could say was, “This is a miracle.”
For the next two days, she was put through a series of tests. The doctor finally told her parents that he was releasing her to go home. However, he also told her parents that on the last x-ray he had taken, he noticed that her reproductive organs had been destroyed, and she would never be able to have children. Naturally, they were happy she was coming home, but also sad that she would never be able to have children.
The brother who was sharing this story that morning paused and said to the audience, “For those who are visitors, I want to introduce my brother who was part of the worship team.” Then he said, “That young lady in South Africa who the doctors said would never have children was our mother.”
When he said that, the Spirit of the Lord swept over the audience. People began to weep, and others began to praise the Lord. I’ve shared this testimony because I want you to understand that whatever problem of life you are facing can be changed by Jesus Christ.
• When the King comes to town, water is turned into wine.
• When the King comes to town, Lazarus is going to come out of the tomb.
• When the King comes to town, the man with the withered hand is going to be healed.
• When the King comes to town, the leper is going to be cleansed.
• When the King comes to town, Bartimaeus is going to see.
• When the King comes to town, the woman with the issue of blood is going to be healed.
Whatever you need, claim it right now. Don’t give up because things are not going to be the way they used to be—a King is coming to town!
He Went Into A City Called Nain
One must understand that the city of Nain was not a town that was easy to get to. It was a town that was out of the way. Today we would say that it was by design because a mother needed help. You may not know how to get to Jesus, but He knows how to get to you.
There Was A Dead Man Carried Out, The Only Son Of His Mother, And She Was A Widow
This phrase plainly tells us that this was the second heartbreaking death she had to endure—first her husband and now her son. I can only imagine the heartbreak and emotional pain this dear lady was experiencing.
The Lord Saw Her
I find these four words to be words of comfort. Satan is very adept at making believers think that they’re not important in the eyes of God— that the Lord doesn’t see our hurt or our suffering. But these four words state emphatically, “The Lord saw her.” Therefore, take comfort that the Lord sees you. He sees your tears, He sees your needs, and He sees your hurt.
He Had Compassion On Her
By the use of the word compassion, we see the love of God, not only for this dear woman, but also for all of humanity. In the Greek, the word compassion means “bowels of mercy.” The idea is that one feels the pain and suffering of another deep inside his innermost being. As the Lord had compassion on this mother, He also has compassion on you.
He Said Unto Her, Weep Not
He was telling her that her time of grief was over. He was saying, “Wipe your tears, for a King has come to Nain.” He was telling her, “I can change your situation.” And He is saying to you, “Weep not. I have everything under control.”
He Came And Touched The Bier
A bier was a wooden frame which the dead were laid upon as they were taken to their graves. The law of Moses stated that if the living touched a dead person, they became defiled. So why didn’t the Lord become defiled? The answer: Jesus Christ was perfect, and His perfect life could not be defiled as His touch would bring the dead to life. As well, when life would come to him, where would the evidence be?
He Said, Young Man I Say Unto You, Arise
The words, “I say unto you,” proclaim the deity of Christ, for only God has the power to speak the words of life. The word arise speaks of the resurrection of the soul, and, as well, the coming resurrection of the body of Christ—the rapture. At salvation, one is literally raised from spiritual death, and at the resurrection of life, the sainted dead will come forth at the trump of God to receive their glorified bodies (I Thess. 4:16).
And He That Was Dead Sat Up And Began To Speak
Only Jesus Christ can bring life out of death. When the King comes to town, miracles are going to happen. Receive this word: Your dreams are not dead and your prayers are not falling on deaf ears. Things are not going to be the way they used to be—a King is coming to town!
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