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Jesus then turned to the coffin. Looking intently at the young man, He commanded, “Get up.” Not even death can hold us when Jesus speaks. The young man instantly sat up on the edge of the coffin. Jesus firmly grasped his hand and led him into his mother’s waiting arms. What tears of joy, what rejoicing, what singing, what dancing! The crowd began to shout, “There is a God in Nain; there is a God in Israel.”

The truth is, “There is a God” wherever you are reading this book right now. Remember, this is a true to life story, not fiction. Jesus was a man of sorrows; He was acquainted with grief. This manifestation of Jesus’ character is all about healing, restoration, giving love, His agape love, to the fullest.

The Word is clear, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” As He healed the widow’s son and her pain that day in Nain, He can also heal your hurts and sorrows today.

Recently, I was in Mozambique teaching the pastors in Bible school. To begin the lecture, I asked two critical questions:

  1. Is it alright for a Christian to be angry?
  2. Is it alright for a Christian to be angry at God?

Both questions were intended to find out where the pastors stood on these issues and why. The response was an immediate and emphatic, “NO!!!” However, as I learned later, the responses, sad to say, were based on emotional foundations, rather than on God’s truth. God’s Word is truth, not feeling. “All scripture is God breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). We must never substitute our emotions or belief systems for truth. “Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). It is the truth that will set us free, not our feelings.

For sixteen long years, Mozambique had been torn by a vicious civil war. I won’t even go into the atrocities that had been committed by both sides. The war was not only fought soldier against soldier, but also against women, children, infants and whole villages. When I asked how many had lost a loved one, relative or friend in the war, the hands of all but three went up.

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