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Eurasia Blog Wednesday Devotion: “God has visited his people!”

–By Elizabeth Ahlman

Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country (Luke 7:11-17 ESV).

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“God has visited His people!” declare the inhabitants of the town of Nain. They see a man raised from the dead, and they recognize that this can only be a result of the Lord’s intervention, of His merciful visitation. The Lord prefers to visit His people in grace and mercy.

Leah was hated and barren, so the Lord looked upon her and opened her womb (Genesis 29:31-35).

“God has visited His people!”

The people were slaves in Egypt and Yahweh told Moses to say to Israel: “I have observed you (the Hebrew verb for “visit”), and what has been done to you in Egypt” (Exodus 3:16). The Lord observes and the Lord acts when He makes visitation. The people were slaves and the Lord delivered them from their masters.

“God has visited His people!”

The people of Bethlehem experienced famine during the time of the judges, and the Lord gave them a harvest (Ruth 1:6).

“God has visited His people!”

The world was floundering in sin and death, and so the Lord visited His mercy once and for all by raising “up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David” (Luke 1:68-69).

“God has visited His people!”

A man hung high upon a cross, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem stood watching. His mother wept at His side as He breathed His last. This man lay dead in a tomb, the only Son of His Father. And the Father through the Spirit said to Him, “young man, I say to You, arise,” and He arose. He went to His disciples and He spoke “peace be with you.”

“God has visited His people!”…and He has delivered them for all time from sin, death and the devil. He has declared them righteous in His Son and takes them to Himself as His children.

Therefore…

“God visits His people”…and gives them comfort.

“God visits His people”…and heals their afflictions.

“God visits His people”…and brings His words of mercy and forgiveness.

“God visits His people”…and brings them their daily bread.

“God visits His people”…and feeds them with His very own body and blood, and speaks words forgiveness to them through their pastor.

In His Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord has visited His people in grace and mercy once and for all. In His Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord continues to visit His people to bring them comfort, healing, peace, forgiveness, life and salvation. The Lord Who raised the sons of the Widow of Nain and the Widow of Zarephath (see 1 Kings), did not spare HIS Son, but led Him as a lamb is led to the slaughter, to visit His mercy on all of mankind. Then He raised Him on the third day, proving that the Son’s sacrifice was perfect, right, and accepted. The Lord visits you to give you that same Jesus, to heal your wounds, comfort your sadness, calm your fears, and to teach you to know that you, too will be as the sons of the widows — dead, yes, and then raised up to live eternally with your Heavenly Father.

Let us Pray: Heavenly Father, You are the one Who makes visitation for the sake of Your people; visit us, Your children, with Your grace and mercy as we face trials and temptations so that we may continue to live in praise and fear of You even now and forevermore; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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