Ezekiel 37:11-14 “Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”
This entire section of scripture is both frightening and awesome. Our fears of eternal death can be seen in the remains of the skeletons in the above image. Is that all there is? Is death the final curtain? It certainly would appear so.
In this story of how God spoke to Ezekiel, the bones of the dead Israelites came back to life, just like the dead bodies in “The Mummy” or Indiana Jones movies. However this event required no special effects – simply the word of God. The bones rattled and joined together with tendons and ligaments. Muscle wrapped around them. The nervous and circulatory systems were roused and life was breathed into them again. The heart began to beat – lungs soaked in the fresh air – movement and feeling returned to lifeless shells.
SURE! Some folks would probably think this is just a story to brainwash simple folks into believing in the power of God, but I believe it is as true as the story of the Great Flood, Jonah in the belly of the whale and Christ rising from death. Those same people would probably say I don’t have a mind of my own and that my thinking is totally flawed, but without the hope of a better life, I would not be able to endure this one.
With this brilliant illustration, those of us who suffer with arthritis, bone or skeletal conditions, physical pain and even more serious diseases, can be confident that we too will rise from the grip of death to enjoy eternity with God and all the saints. There is an astounding hope in these words, especially for those who are struggling with physical difficulties. Heaven will erase all pain and suffering. There will be none. We can count on it.