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.” (Luke 7:16 NIV)
As Jesus approached the town of Nain, He witnessed a funeral procession. A widow’s only son was being carried out. “When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry” (Luke 7:13). Then, He touched the bier they were carrying the young man on, commanded him to rise and gave him back to his mother (vv.14-15). Jesus resurrected the widow’s only son, her only hope, as her son was her protector and her provider, and the Lord knew that. After all, His Word instructed that special care be given to widows (see Exodus 22:22-24; Psalm 68:5; Isaiah 1:17). So the people watching couldn’t help but praise Him, “God has come to help his people” (v.16). As God’s only Son, Jesus would also die and come back to life. He is our only hope, as He is our Saviour and Lord. He keeps hope alive.