. . . Whose Love Transcends Our Iniquities

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Personal Growth and Freedom, Redemption | Tags: , , |


“He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise”. So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.”

Luke 7:13-15 (Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible).

The above scripture is found in Luke, and it tells the story of how Jesus raises the son of the widow of Nain from death. While the events in and of themselves are telling, I was moved by its meaning in terms of our salvation. And in particular, the reference to Jesus touching the coffin.

The corresponding commentary for verse 12 tells us that “Funerals were normally held the day of death because keeping a body overnight rendered a house unclean.” We are then told that when Jesus touched the coffin in verse 14, it indicated that “He preferred helping the dead man to remaining ceremonially clean.”

This is a powerful statement, one that despite countless readings eluded me until this morning. Jesus did not consider being ceremonially clean more important than reaching through death and restoring the young man to life.

Praise God, this is also a message of the Cross, where Jesus defeated death and through His victory on Calvary reached out, and continues to reach out to us through our iniquities.

Though your sins are like scarlet . . .

In Isaiah 1:18 God said, “Come now, and let us reason together, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Jesus’ raising of the dead son tells us that no matter where we are in life at this very moment, no matter what transgressions we have committed, He will reach out to us through the defilement of our sinful condition and deliver us to a new life . . . an eternal life!

There is no longer any need to hide in shame, nor is there any reason to continue carrying the heavy yoke of transgression. This is the true message of victory and of a Love, God’s Love, that transcends our iniquities and places us upon the firm foundation of His salvation.

And like the son of the widow of Nain, He has raised us up from death to glorious life. Spread the Word . . . we have been redeemed! We have been saved!

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