The account of when Jesus raises the widow’s son who had died is recorded in Luke. He had been dead for a long time, but Jesus was still able to help.

Luke 7:12:
Now when he [Jesus] came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

So, she must have been really loved, and everybody’s heart was going out to her because she had lost her husband and she now had lost her son.

Luke 7:13,14:
And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

That is always one thing that blesses me when I see it in the Word. Jesus Christ never goes on a long tirade. He does not go on a fifteen minute prayer for this; he just says it. That is the way healing should happen, too. You yank it out of there, whatever it is. It has to go in the name of Jesus Christ. It has to be just as obedient… sickness and disease have to be just as obedient as those spirits do. They are just things, and they have names. These names are under the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. Do you get it? They should go.

Luke 7:14b-16:
… And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother
16 there came a fear on all: and they [all] glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

God hath visited his people through his prophet and his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The only son of a widow had died. The family and friends were going through the city showing the dead. I recently saw on the TV news, in Palestine, one of the people had been killed. They were carrying him through the city, and they had him all decked out with beautiful clothes. His face was open so that everybody could get one last look before they bury him. That is what they were doing, going through the city, coming through the gate, and there he was. Another thing they do in the East, after they had buried him. They would take that old stretcher out, and they would break it up. They could break this one up without making a trip to the cemetery because he got up!

This woman received her son, because Jesus Christ had compassion. He had the power, and the authority, and the revelation to do it.

I tell this story about this believer couple. I will never forget it. Many years ago, their son had gotten killed in an automobile accident. We had gone to the funeral home to comfort them, bless them, and love them up. It was a sad time. I got home and was in bed. At three o’clock in the morning, I got a phone call. I went to my office to take the call; it was the father, and he said, “Well, I am thinking about going down to the funeral home and raise my son up from the dead. But…” he said, “I wanted to call you first, and I will do whatever you say. If you say, do not go, I will not go, and, if you say go, I will go.” About that time, our kids were about 15 and 16 years old, so it was one of those swallowing times. But, the answer was easy. I sai d, “No, you don’t go. You know why? Because you are calling me. If God gave you revelation to go get him up, you would not need to call me or anybody else. You would have just gone on down and done it. So, I know it is hard. I know it hurts. My heart goes out to you, but, you need to go home and you need to go to bed and get some sleep because your wife is going to need your help and you have to be strong for her.”

Jesus knew. There was no doubt about it; he got him up. So, if God tells you to get somebody up, you go do it; you do not have to talk to anybody else about it, just say, “Thank you Father.” and go do the job. Do not hesitate.

You run into a lot of things in a lifetime, but you learn too. It was hard. I wanted to say, “Go.” or “Wait, I will come down and go with you.” But, that is the way it was. So, when I read these records, these things come across my mind. Because we would all like to do that, right, if we lose a loved one, we would all like to get them up. It is just not available sometimes. I mean, only God knows. One thing is for sure, they are going to get up. There will be a time… it is not the end.

By John Shroyer from MWGP