Pastor’s Message June

Ezekiel 37:1-3 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.  He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”  I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”

Doctors can save a person’s life.  Certain medicines might be able to prolong a person’s life. Proper diet and exercise may improve a person’s life. But only one person can give life. On Pentecost we saw that only God the Holy Spirit can give us true life. He gives us life with God through faith in Christ our Savior.

We saw that the Spirit gives life even to dead, dry bones. God gave the prophet Ezekiel a vision of a valley filled with human bones. God explained to Ezekiel that the people of Israel were like those dead, dry bones. Like dead, dry bones, they could do nothing to save themselves spiritually. But as the vision continued, God did the impossible. God the Holy Spirit gave life – even to dead, dry bones.

We used to be just like the dead, dry bones of Ezekiel’s vision. We could do nothing to save ourselves spiritually. The apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins” (2:1). Just as a dead person can do nothing, we could do nothing to repent and trust in God.

But just as the Spirit gave life even to those dead, dry bones, he also gave us life. The apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Ephesians: “[God] made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms” (2:5,6). God raised us from spiritual death to spiritual life by calling us to faith in Jesus.  Through faith in Jesus, God credited Jesus’ payment for our sins on the cross to us. Through faith in Christ, we have life with God.

What a comfort to know that we are alive in Christ! We struggle with sin in this life. We go through many difficult things. At times we might feel as worthless as a bag of dead, dry bones.  When we feel that way, we can take heart. God the Holy Spirit, who called us to faith, has given us life with God – now and forever.