What revival is for the community, resurrection is for the body. This good news is at the heart of the story of God’s salvation. The Father who made the world and called it good is working even now through the grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to redeem all things. God demonstrates his power over creation, over sin, and even death itself by raising Jesus Christ from the dead.
The prophet Ezekiel got to experience something similar, right up close.
1 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.
3 He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know."
4 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord."
Ezekiel stood in the valley of dry bones. Imagine him walking around… crunch, crunch. The body parts which had once been alive were long dead. It was a bleak picture. When have you experienced a season in the valley? A time in your life that was depressing, frustrating, isolating, and without joy?
Imagine God asking you: Can you come to life again? How would you answer the question? Ezekiel deferred to God’s wisdom: You know, Lord. There are times when only God can see what is possible. Yet God invites us to see the world the way he does, to envision the future, to imagine new life.
Notice: What is the purpose God has in putting these bodies back together? “You shall know that I am the Lord!” When is the last time you acknowledged his Lordship in your life?
O God, when I am like dry bones, let me hear your word once more, that I may live. That my bones and tendons and flesh and skin would come together once more and that your breath may enter me, that I may live a life pleasing to you. Through Christ the Lord. Amen.