When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.”
There is a great deal here, but I want to point out something that was pointed out to me that I had not noticed in my reading. The use of the term ‘the Lord’ where
The words are noticeable as being one of the comparatively few instances in which the term “the Lord” is used absolutely instead of Jesus. As far as it goes it confirms the view suggested [previously], that the narrative came from those who had a profound reverence for the Master they had followed, and at a time when they had learnt thus to speak of Him.
It may be noted further that this use of “the Lord” occurs more frequently in St. Luke and St. John than in the other Gospels. … . The disciples habitually used the same mode of speech, but it would not follow that in their lips it necessarily meant more at first than our “Sir,” or “Master.” After the Resurrection, doubtless, it rose to its higher meaning, as in the exclamations of St. Thomas here and here, and St. John here. Ellicott’s Commentary
But what really caught my attention in this verse was how His heart went out to her. God in the flesh, had compassion on a woman who had lost her son. His sympathy for our human suffering is overwhelming. It is no wonder He chose to die on the cross for our sins as His compassion for all of mankind was so great as.
In this case the earlier verses tell the story of how this came to be.
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 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.
The Soon afterward refers to the faith of the Centurion where Jesus was amazed at his faith and said of him, I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel. So soon after healing the Centurion’s servant from a distance He left Capernaum and went to a town called Nain. So what happened after He told the widow Don’t cry?
14 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!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
Oddly enough we are not told of the mother’s reaction although it must have been one of great joy. But we are told of the reaction of the crowd that observed what happened.
16 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.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
I believe the mother was among those filled with awe and praising God. How about you? Are you filled with awe upon reading of this miracle by Jesus? Are you amazed at His compassion for a human being in distress? Does this miracle make His sacrifice on the cross more real to you? Do you have a greater appreciation that His death on the cross was for your sins so you might be able to join Him in heaven? Or did you read through this too busy to appreciate how God in this Gospel in the story expresses His love for us?
From the Old Testament through the New Testament we are told of God’s love for us and wonder about the how and why of His love as David did in Psalm 8
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
His caring for us, who are so small compared to Him provides context for this verse in Matthew 25:45
He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’