This is from a Facebook post I made a few years back, so please forgive the punctuation and capitalization errors.
while studying for an upcoming funeral i was struck by this. in Luke 7:11 we read of a city called Nain. we don’t know anything about Nain, but we do know the name. names mean a great deal in Jewish society. to have the name gives it certainty that it existed and that this event took place. for some one here the miracle rally took place. when dealing with people from the past often Jesus would say “a certain”. while he didn’t name the individual you knew from that phrase that the person and event really happened. once Jesus did give a name, leading us to believe the event he spoke of was very recent and the individuals involved probably known to someone in the crowd. here by giving the name of the city we are shown the event happening in real-time. the event is not the raising of the dead (though that happened) but HIS compassion for the hurting. thus illustrating what the psalmist said in Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” the word “precious” here means valuable. his children are valuable to him. and when we are hurting over the passing of a loved one it means something to God as well because we are his.