In Luke 7:11-17, we find a story of how Jesus raised a widow’s son from the dead. As the people were carrying the coffin out of the city, Jesus was coming into the city. Now the city, Nain, that they were carrying the dead boy out of was set up on a hill. So as they were coming down from the city, Jesus was coming up to the city. You have one group of people carrying death and then you have Jesus carrying life. One group is exiting and Jesus is entering. One group is coming down and Jesus is coming up. And these two collide at the intersection, at the gate of the city. Jesus touches the coffin and the people carrying it stand still. Then He speaks to the young man, the boy sits up, and begins to speak.
There’s a saying “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.” And Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees, said “It’s not over until it’s over.” But I want to let you know that it’s not over until God says it’s over. Your promise, dream, hope, and faith may be dead, in a coffin, and being carried out of the city to be buried by the world, family, and friends; but it’s not over until God says it’s over.
As long as you’re still breathing, God isn’t done with you yet. Jesus is coming to meet you at the gate right before you exit, give up, throw in the towel. Right before you enter into hopelessness, depression, and despair. You might be going down but Jesus is coming to raise you back up, to resurrect the promise, to give life back to the only thing you have left. He is going to speak life into your situation and circumstances; and it’s going to sit up and begin to speak.
The Bible says that Jesus humbled Himself to the lowest of lows, the lowest point, the lowest level, the cross (See Philippians 2:5-11). I believe He did this so that when you’re going down and falling that He can raise you and your promise back up, bring back life, and resurrect whatever it is that has died.
So don’t give up, don’t quit, don’t loose heart. It’s not over until God says it’s over.