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"Man, I Say to You, Arise"

Luke 7:11-17

Rev. Kurt Hering

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
Trinity Lutheran Church  
Layton, Utah


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Sun, Sep 15, 2013 

Preaching to the saints of the Lutheran Church at Christ-Elkhart and Faith-Hugoton in Kansas since February 8, 2015. All sermons prior to that date were preached either at Trinity Lutheran Church-Layton or First Lutheran Church-Tooele, Utah.

Admit it, when we hear and read of these Biblical miracles, aren’t we thinking where’s mine? That should be my loved? What about healing my cancer, my heart problem, my arthritis, my depression?

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Resurrection, that is nothing to deny or even to be ashamed of. God wants us to expect that from Him, OYeofLittleFaiths.  :^)

It is, after all, what He sent His beloved and only begotten Son to do. It is, in fact what He has been doing since the beginning and will continue to do until the Last Day.

To hear the entire sermon preached for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, "Man, I Say to You, Arise," click on the MP3 audio link provided above. The audio begins with the Old Testament Reading, 1 Kings 17:17-25. The sermon begins at the 12:45 point of the mp3 file.

A servant of the Word and His folk,

Pastor Hering

For those of you who prefer to read or read along while listening, the preaching manuscript follows below.

Nota bene: Sermons are meant to be heard. Some points from the manuscript are explained and filled out during the preaching, so you will need to listen to the audio file to get the complete message.

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Resurrection,

When Jesus, the very Son of God says, “Man, I Say to You, ‘Arise,” that is exactly what the man does.

• Genesis 2:7 “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

• 1 Kings 17:22 “And the LORD listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.”

• In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism: What does such baptizing with water signify? It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts. And, it also shows that a new man should daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever. Where is this written? St. Paul says in Romans chapter 6: “We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (v. 4).

• 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”

• TEXT: 11Soon afterward [Jesus] went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country. Luke 7:11-17

What a funeral that was!

• 2 great crowds

• A mourning widow

• One not comely to look at rolls into town with his disciples and a “great crowd” having traveled from Caperenaum—20 miles as the crow flies

• The dead son sits up and speaks

• Jesus gives Him to his mother as if nothing happened

• Conclusion? God has visited His people

Indeed he had—in the flesh.

Some interesting points

• No indication that the mother had faith—certainly the dead son had none as far as anybody could reasonably ascertain

• Jesus care for mothers and commandment for children—John at the Cross

• Mother and son go back to their everyday lives serving each other in their household and neighborhood

• The crowd is fearful at the interruption of God

There had to be an element of “what about me?” Remember that scene from “Finding Nemo” where the seagulls are screeching, “Mine. Mine. Mine.”?

Admit it, when we hear and read of these Biblical miracles, aren’t we thinking where’s mine? That should be my loved? What about healing my cancer, my heart problem, my arthritis, my depression?

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Resurrection, that is nothing to deny or even to be ashamed of. God wants us to expect that from Him, OYeofLittleFaiths.  :^)

It is, after all, what He sent His beloved and only begotten Son to do. It is, in fact what He has been doing since the beginning and will continue to do until the Last Day.

Our Father in heaven, who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, to visit His people --to suffer, die and rise for them—to speak the Word that raises men to life--sets a rich tapestry of readings before us today to comfort, and uplift us as we face the suffering and trouble that surrounds us in this Valley of the Shadow of death in which we live daily.

All three of our Scripture lessons today reveal to us how God has visited and continues to visit His people. Perhaps more importantly for us, they reveal WHY.

Ever since the beginning, God has visited His people to speak with them and give them life. Adam and Eve were placed in Eden for that very purpose, for God to visit them—to walk and talk with them in the flesh as they lived together to multiply and fill the earth; and to work and keep and enjoy the beautiful garden God had created for them.

And ever since the fall into sin, God’s visits and words to His people have taken on an added dimension, so to speak.

God has visited His people to raise them from the dead.

• The widows’ sons in today’s OT and Gospel lessons (1 Kings 17:17-24; Luke 7:11-17)

• In the Church (Rom. 6, Eph. 3:21)

“. . . to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.”

Just as He promised and proclaimed to be so Where in the preaching and teaching of His Word and the baptizing of all nations He draws near to us in our cities, villages, and countrysides to touch us on our deathbeds speaking those words of life to us, “Man, I Say to You, Arise.”

The raising of the widows’ sons points to God’s visit of His people to speak the words that raise them from the death of sin in Word and Sacrament, which in turn prepares us for God’s visit on the Last Day to raise His people from bodily death to receive a new flesh that will live with Him in heaven forever.

Don’t forget when we ask where’s mine, we get an answer that is not all that easy to swallow. Think about it. The woman’s son had to die in order for them to get theirs. 

So it is with us. Again, What does such baptizing with water signify?--It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Where is this written?--St. Paul says Romans, chapter 6: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

What is one prerequisite being raised from the dead? We must die.

Another? God must visit.

This is fine for the widows’ sons. For Lazarus. But what about for us?

We must die in the flesh because our sin must be put to death. True enough, the Old Adam in us has been put to death in Holy Baptism, and thus God has visited and spoken us to begin our new risen life with Christ.

But this only brought to completion by our Lord on the Last Day. Our Baptism is the vehicle that delivers us into the presence of God for His visit with us. And the Church’s preaching of the Word and bestowing of the body and blood of our risen Savior is the fortress that keeps us in Christ’s resurrection until the day of our own resurrection.

Lest we get caught up in the trauma and terror of facing our own death, remember there is still another prerequisite for the resurrection that lasts forever? The most important part, Christ the only begotten Son of God must first die and be raised. The glorious thing about that is that it is finished!

21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:21

For in the holy Christian church God the Holy Spirit visits His people as He “calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He forgives daily and richly all sins to [you] and all believers, and at the last day will raise up [you] and all the dead, and will give to [you] and to all believers in Christ everlasting life.

This is most certainly true, Brothers and Sisters of the Resurrection. God has, does, and will continue until the very end of the world to visit His people and speak the words of forgiveness that give you life now and forever. By these words of forgiveness you have heard again today and will shortly receive with His very body and blood, God is saying to you--“Man, I Say to You, Arise” --in the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit--



Insofar as this sermon is a true proclamation of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, it belongs to Him and His Church. Therefore its use is free to all who deem it worthy and beneficial.



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