146:6.2 When Jesus sought to leave Cana and go to Nain, a great multitude of believers and many curious people
followed after him. They were bent on beholding miracles and wonders, and they were not to be disappointed. As Jesus and his apostles drew near the gate of the city, they met a funeral procession on its way to the near-
by cemetery, carrying the only son of a widowed mother of Nain. This woman was much respected, and half of the village followed the bearers of the bier
of this supposedly dead boy. When the funeral procession had come up to Jesus and his followers, the widow and her friends recognized the Master and
besought him to bring the son back to life. Their miracle expectancy was aroused to such a high pitch they thought Jesus could cure any human disease,
and why could not such a healer even raise the dead? Jesus, while being thus importuned, stepped forward and, raising the covering of the bier, examined
the boy. Discovering that the young man was not really dead, he perceived the tragedy which his presence could avert; so, turning to the mother, he
said: "Weep not. Your son is not dead; he sleeps. He will be restored to you." And then, taking the young man by the hand,
he said, "Awake and arise." And the youth who was supposed to be dead presently sat up and began to speak, and Jesus sent
them back to their homes.
146:6.3 Jesus endeavored to calm the multitude and vainly tried to explain that the lad was not really dead, that he had not brought him back from
the grave, but it was useless. The multitude which followed him, and the whole village of Nain, were aroused to the highest pitch of emotional frenzy.
Fear seized many, panic others, while still others fell to praying and wailing over their sins. And it was not until long after nightfall that the
clamoring multitude could be dispersed. And, of course, notwithstanding Jesus' statement that the boy was not dead, everyone insisted that a miracle had
been wrought, even the dead raised. Although Jesus told them the boy was merely in a deep sleep, they explained that that was the manner of his speaking
and called attention to the fact that he always in great modesty tried to hide his miracles.
146:6.4 So the word went abroad throughout Galilee and into
Judea that Jesus had raised the widow's son from the dead, and
many who heard this report believed it. Never was Jesus able to make even all his apostles
fully understand that the widow's son was not really dead when he bade him awake and arise. But he did impress them sufficiently to keep it out of all
subsequent records except that of Luke, who recorded it as the episode had been related to him. And again was Jesus so besieged as a physician that he
departed early the next day for Endor.
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