A simple secret to dead raising authority
In Luke 7:11-16 we read:
“Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near theg gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us"; and, "God has visited His people."”
I love this passage of scripture and just want to point out one main crucial point. Jesus is hanging out with his disciples and a large crowd, going towards the city gates of Nain - he sees a funeral procession –the dead and only son of a widow is coming out of the city gates. She is weeping, she has lost her one and only son – the most important thing in her life now that her husband had also died. Please note what the bible says - actually let’s note what it doesn't say first - it doesn't say “when the Lord saw her, He had a healing anointing come upon Him”. It doesn’t say He saw the widow and a prophetic power ministry anointing came on Him. Infact, from a brief study of Jesus’ prayer life we find Jesus wasn't out in the mountains alone in the secret place praying for more power, we don't read about Him praying for a greater prophetic anointing, He wasn’t “Oh God give me greater words of knowledge”. He sees the woman and the bible doesn't say a resurrection from the dead anointing came upon Him. What does it say? He saw her and love welled up in His heart - he had compassion. If you just had to say an anointing came on Jesus you'd probably have to conclude that an anointing of love come on Him. And then, out of the love, out of the compassion - the DEAD is RAISED. Authority to speak to the dead and raise him came out of a love ‘anointing’... or, more simply and more biblically accurately put, this authority simply flowed out of a heart of experiential love. Miracles for Jesus flowed out of love.
Remember the multitude and the feeding of the four and five thousand? It says in four instances in the gospels in the recounting of these two miracles that Jesus had “compassion on the multitudes” - and the multitudes got the miracle - they all got fed. It said in the Luke 7 passage above He had compassion on the widow and the widow got the miracle (the miracle on the boy was the by-product of the miracle for the widow).
Now here’s my main point: Jesus had compassion on the multitudes, the multitudes got the miracle! Jesus had compassion on the one, the one got the miracle! Whomever and however many he had compassion on the miracles broke out on! Whatever was encompassed within the boundaries of the Lord’s experiential compassion, whatever was within the borders of the Lord’s felt love, received the miracle!
Here’s what I believe - whatever is encompassed within the boundaries of your love, you will see the miracle on that. If you can love him, if you can love her, if you can love them, if they sit inside the boundaries of your love, you'll see the miracle come on him, her, on them! Extend the borders of your compassion for people!
If you're a believing mother and you have a wayward son and you can keep that love switched turned to full bore on him, even though he will challenge it and test it and satan will do anything to have you turn it off - but if that child can lie within the borders of your love - you'll see the miracle!
You can apply this to evangelism. You just look at someone on the street, a stranger and for some reason a pang of compassion rises in your heart for that person. Well, they now lie within the boundaries of your compassion – the miracle is right there waiting! I have personally lost count of the hundreds of physical healing miracles on the streets I have witnessed just by stopping for the one I felt even just the tiniest inkling of compassion in my heart for. I got compassion, I got the miracle!