Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 1 Kings 17:17
When we think of Resurrections, we probably think of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, or maybe we think about when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. However there was resurrections in the Old Testament. Here we take a look at the story of the prophet Elijah performing a resurrection on a young boy
Now we shouldn’t confuse the Resurrection of Christ with these other resurrections. The Resurrection of Christ was an eternal event, meaning Jesus will never die again. Where as these other “resurrections” such as Lazarus were brought back to life, but eventually they died just like the rest of us
Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him. The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived.” 1 Kings 17:21-22
How did Elijah perform this resurrection? Well basically he cried out to God, to save the child. You see when prophets and apostles resurrect or heal people, it has nothing to do with them. God is displaying his power and glory through them.
God heard the prayers from Elijah and had mercy on him. Now another reason why God probably performed this resurrection was to confirm Elijah was a true prophet, why? Because Elijah is going to play a huge role in the restoration of Israel. He’s going to take on the evil worshipers of Baal including Jezebel. The Israelites were more likely to listen to Elijah since he proved he is a prophet from God
Think about when Jesus went into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, why were the people so sure he was the Messiah? Because previously he just resurrected Lazarus from the dead, it was a sign or confirmation, that he was doing the works of God
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
Now heres a thought, the Apostle Paul writes the same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives inside of You! As a Born Again believer , the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, you shouldn’t consider yourself weak or afraid. Meditate on that, pray about that, read your scriptures , Amen!