Israelites have been in exile and they have lost all hope. God gives Ezekiel this vision of death coming back to life, of breath being breathed into the dead and them rising again. My favorite word in this passage is Ruach . It means breath, wind, spirit. In this vision God shows that God will not only raise the bones, but will breath his very spirit into them, bringing them to life. That is the promise we have from God, God as Holy Spirit walks with us and breathes life into our very weary and brittle lives. God promises to never leave us or forsake us. God will breath new life into us.
Our text from John 11:25-26 speaks to this very promise: 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
When we read the entire story from John about Jesus meeting Lazarus’ sister on the road after he has died, she is very distraught at the death of her brother. Jesus himself weeps over the death of his friend. But we are reminded that this only a momentary separation. In Jesus we have the promise of life eternal. And because of that promise we can live each new day in hope filled with the promise of new life. That is news that I want to share with all who have yet to hear it. I can not imagine how I would get through the difficult times in my life and death of people I love, not knowing the promise that Jesus has given. I want to be sure that everyone I know, hears this promise and I pray that they will accept this promise in their lives.
I am thankful for all who take time to read this message and I pray this brings you a message of hope this Advent season. May you remember that Jesus is God with us, the babe who came down, God’s love for all. May you be surrounded by that love this day and always.
Blessings in Christ,
For my Transit II students and anyone who wishes to respond: What does it mean to you that Jesus is God’s love come down to us? How have or can you show that love this Christmas season? How can you bring God’s hope, peace, love and joy (remember these are the four advent candles) to others?