Luke 7 – LUKE records with simple significance, “He gave him to his mother”.

So it was that among the hills of Galilee overlooking the plain that has been and is yet to be so typical of man’s conflict and death, the apostles learned the highest ministry of their Lord. Multitudes would continue to stream forth from the city gate bearing their dead. But the Redeemer had come to say to those that mourned, “Weep not”, and to follow his words of love with power so great that death itself could not prevail against it.

A wave of awe swept the people. God was glorified: His prophet was acknowledged and his fame spread abroad. The great tragedy is that the beneficent effect faded with the passing years, and the Lord of Life was to take a lonely road to the garden grave. The tragedy continues despite the final triumph of the empty tomb. The multitudes pass by unheeding, or pause to watch and wonder and forget. Only the disciples remain. But to them he gives power to become the sons of God. Though death may step in to rob them of their promise now, he who is alive for evermore and has the keys of the grave and of death, will one day stand at the graveside to crown their mortal strivings with eternal blessings.

MELVA PURKIS, A Life of Jesus, pages 152,153.