The Widow's Son At Nain
Nain, meaning pleasant, or green pastures (perhaps because it overlooks the Plain of Esdraelon and Valley of Jezreel, with Megiddo, also known as Armageddon, across the valley) was a town in Galilee southeast of Nazareth and Mount Tabor, and southwest of The Sea Of Galilee (see map below and Bible Places). Nain is mentioned specifically only once in The Bible, however it involved a major event. It was at Nain that the first-recorded miracle of Jesus Christ raising the dead occurred, the awakening of a widow's only son while he was being carried to his grave - a very fortuitously-timed funeral procession that ended with the cancellation of the funeral.
The Miracle At Nain
After healing a centurion's slave at Capernaum (Jesus lived in Capernaum after the people of Nazareth rejected Him i.e. Matthew 13:57-58), Jesus travelled south, followed by a growing multitude, and arrived at Nain where He raised a widow's son from the dead:
"After He had ended all His sayings in the hearing of the people He entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death. When he heard of Jesus, he sent to Him elders of the Jews, asking Him to come and heal his slave. And when they came to Jesus, they besought Him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he built us our Synagogue." And Jesus went with them."
"When He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have You come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to You. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it."
"When Jesus heard this He marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well."
"Soon afterward He went to a city called Nain, and His disciples and a great crowd went with Him. As He drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
"And He came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother."
"Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited His people!" And this report concerning Him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country" (Luke 7:1-17 RSV)
Fact Finder: After the widow's son was raised from the dead, did he die a natural death again at some time later?