The Only Son

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 7:11-17

. . . the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. (v. 12)

With relief, my husband arrived at our wedding rehearsal with good news: he had a job. Greg felt God’s call to be a coach early in life. Convinced, he trained and desired only to coach baseball. He had been holding out for a full-time coaching position. The accepted job promised baseball coaching on the side. But two years passed without any coaching opportunities. Following his dream, Greg sent out 100 résumés for coaching positions. With each one, he heard a resounding “no.” The door closed heavy on his dream. He lost hope for a calling fulfilled. The death of this hope wounded him deeply.

When Jesus sees our grief, he guarantees a better hope. The death of the widow’s only son leaves her no hope. Lack of a husband, son, or other male relative destines her to beg and plead. Heaped upon her grief is the reality of her desperate need. With a compassionate “Do not weep,” Jesus raises and returns the widow’s son. Raising the widow’s only son enables her and the watching crowd to see God’s one and only Son. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

How have you experienced the death of hope? Sometimes it takes the death of hope for us to receive our only hope! No matter the grief, we possess a hope-filled guarantee—God’s one and only Son. Death does not have the final say. —Michelle Christy

Prayer: God’s one and only Son, we place our hope in you alone!