Dead Man Talking

Luke 7:11-17

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

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. 13 When the Lordsaw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “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.

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.

What did the dead man say? 

To this question we normally answer, Nothing. He’s dead.

But this “dead man” in Luke’s gospel is no longer dead. He’s alive! Jesus raised him from the dead. Then, “The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother” (v. 15).

I wonder what he said.

Read on…

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