The passage can be read here through the excellent BibleGateway site and although the link opens the UK version of the NIV Bible, there are many other translations available on the site. Bill Capper has kindly provided the notes for this week.
This woman’s husband had died and now her only son had died as well and was being carried out for burial. A large crowd from her town (called Nain) were with her for the funeral. Jesus was going to Nain along with his disciples and another large crowd, who were following him. Imagine the scene. The two groups met outside the town gate, one group heading out of town, the other heading into town. Jesus took in the situation and his heart went out to the woman in her grief. He told her not to cry!
Jesus then went and touched the coffin and the bearers stood still, no doubt watching him. He spoke to the dead young man, and told him to get up. The man sat up and spoke. Jesus gave him back to his mother and the funeral came to a dramatic halt.
If we were watching the TV News the reporter would go straight over to the woman to ask her how she felt about having her son back. Instead of that Luke tells us about the reactions of the crowd who had seen what Jesus had done.
They knew that this was a miracle, and praised God for sending a great prophet who had come to help them. This news about Jesus and what he had done spread far and wide.
Jesus has the power to raise the dead. This amazing miracle reminds us that one day he will return and the dead will rise (John 5.28-29). Those who have believed in him will go to be with him. Of course the man came back to this life, but in the resurrection we will have a changed body.
The miracle also reminds us that Jesus has power to bring life to those who are dead in their sins (John 5.21,25). With Christ nothing is impossible.