Fourth Sunday after Easter 2017
May 14, 2017
Old Testament Lesson: Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Epistle: James 1: 17-21
Gospel: John 16:16-22
“Reformation and Revitalization”
The Valley of Dry Bones. We just read this incredible story about how God used Ezekiel to reform and reanimate some people who had died in the desert. Through Ezekiel, God called the bones back together, renewed their muscles, sinews, organs, and skin, and then breathed life back into their bodies. What an amazing miracle!
Scripture tells us that God used this miracle as a sign to Israel that even though they’d been dead in their deeds and wickedness, He would renew and refresh them.
What a glorious gift God offers to His People. He continues to offer that reformation and revitalization to mankind through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
All of us have areas in our lives similar to this desert, where the “dry bones” are gathered in the dust and forgotten. God encourages us to allow His Spirit to refresh those places in our lives that need His renewal and hope.
We must take time to examine our lives in Christ. We need to spend some quality time listening to the Lord as He leads us to those bare places where we’ve become dry and dusty in our faith. He desires to lead us to now heights of spiritual strength and resilience in Him, but it requires us to cleanse and reform us. It’s not always a comfortable proposition, but it’s worth allowing His leading and guidance so that we might rise like those old bones into a new and refreshed life in Him.
Let us clean out the dead places in our lives, being forgiven, offering forgiveness, showing kindness and humility. In honoring our Lord and letting Him move in and through us, we will be transformed and revitalized, giving proof to the reality that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and Lord.