Christ never preached a funeral sermon. When meeting the dead, He gave them life. He came to give life (John 10:10; 11:25–26). He who has Christ, has life. Without Christ, man is dead in his sins (Eph. 2:1). He gives enjoyable life, but also eternal life.
I. THE HEALING—vv. 1–10
1. Problem—vv. 1–2. Centurion’s servant sick and near death.
2. Plea—vv. 3–7. The centurion said he was not worthy to have Christ come to his home: “Just say the word,” and the healing will come.
3. Power—v. 8. See the centurion’s power.
4. Perfection—vv. 9–10. Jesus sees his faith and heals.
II. THE HORROR—vv. 11–12
1. Place—v. 11. Nain, twenty-one miles north of Capernaum and sixty miles north of Jerusalem.
2. Problem—v. 12. The only son the mother had is now dead. He was being prepared for burial. All hope was gone.
III. THE HOPE—v. 13.
1. The Person—“And when the Lord saw her.” Christ sees us. He knows all about us. The things we do, our thoughts and actions.
2. The pity—“He had compassion on her.” Jesus always has compassion p 22 on people (Matt. 9:36). Do we have compassion for others?
3. The peace—“Weep not.” Christ always brings peace (John 14:27; see also Isa. 26:3; Phil. 4:7).
IV. THE HEALTH—vv. 14–15
1. Concern—“And he came and touched the bier [coffin].” He knew the mother had a broken heart. He cares for us.
2. Constrainment—“And they that bare him stood still.” They were interested in what Christ would do. They had seen Him do miracles before.
3. Command—“And he said, young man, I say unto thee, arise.” Here we see Christ the Master over death.
4. Complete—v. 15. The dead man comes to life. Christ always brings life. Only through Christ may we have life!
V. THE HAPPINESS—vv. 16–17
1. Power—“And there came fear on all.” These people were not scared. “Fear” means “respect,” or “honor toward God.”
2. Praise—“And they glorified God.” There is praise when God works and moves in the hearts and lives of people. Salvation which brings new life causes us to praise the Lord.
3. Prophet—“That a great prophet is risen up among you,” These were the words of Isaiah 9:6–7 and Deuteronomy 18. Now the people see the “Messiah” in action.
4. People—“That God visited his people.” God in the person of Christ.
5. Promotion—vv. 17–18. The good news of the Lord was spread.
Christ wants to give you life. Life while you live, and life after death. After death there is heaven or hell. We have a choice as to where we will go after death. The enjoyable life which Christ gives us on earth leads us to everlasting life. Rejection of this life will mean punishment in hell forever (Mark 16:16).
Pentz, C. M. (1976). Expository Outlines from Luke (pp. 21–22). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.