Then he (Jesus) went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said, “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. (Luke 7:14-17)
The book, Impossible, and the movie, Breakthrough, tell the story of John Smith’s drowning and revival. He fell through the ice on Lake Sainte Louise in 2015. After John was without a heartbeat for 55 minutes and twenty-seven professionals used epinephrine, CPR, and cardioversion to revive him, his mother rushed into the emergency room, grabbed his cold gray feet, and prayed loudly for the Holy Spirit to save him. At that moment a nurse reported a force pushing her body away from John’s. God had come to help, silently saying, “Step back and watch what I can do.” Jesus gave him back to his mother, and she’s been praising God ever since. John continues to spread the good news about Jesus at church services on weekends while he studies to become a pastor.
When we’re marching toward eternal death and Jesus touches us with mercy, his words, “Get up!” give us new life. Jesus replaces our sobs with joy and hope.
Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to touch me with Your mercy. Help me, “Get up!” and be part of someone’s miracle. In Jesus’ name, amen.