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Humble Hero, Page 143

the hand and lifted him up, and mother and son united in a long, joyful embrace. The crowd looked on in silence, as if they were in the very presence of God. Then they “glorified God, saying, ‘A great prophet has risen up among us’; and, ‘God has visited His people.’” The line of mourners returned to Nain as a triumphal procession.

Jesus, who stood beside the sorrowing mother at Nain, is touched with sympathy for our grief. His word is no less powerful now than when He spoke to the young man of Nain. See Matthew 28:18. To all who believe on Him, He is still a living Savior.

Jesus awakened this mother’s son to return to this earthly life, to endure its sorrows and to pass under the power of death again. But Jesus comforts our sorrow for the dead with a message of infinite hope: “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. ... And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” Revelation 1:18.

Satan cannot hold one person in spiritual death who by faith receives Christ’s word of power. “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead.” Ephesians 5:14. The word of God that called the first man to life still gives life. Christ’s word, “Young man, I say to you, arise,” gave life to the youth of Nain. In the same way that word, “Arise from the dead,” is life to the one who receives it.

And “if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies.” Romans 8:11; see 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. This is the word with which He tells us to comfort one another.

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