Bones, Breath, and Imagination… Christianity has two centerpieces – the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. As Lent begins to give way to the events of Holy Week and Easter, we experience a mysterious blend of these two realities – one, rather gruesome, and the other, almost unbelievably optimistic. The text that is going to lead us into this blend this week is from the Book of Ezekiel; and the scene is one of dry bones.
A question is put to the prophet: Can these bones live? What does it take to bring the dead back to life? With what can these bones be irrigated so they might begin to live again?
As is often the case with our Scriptures, the scene we are presented with is both specific with regard to time and location, while it is also timeless and universal.
What has happened to the people of Israel that they have dried up and died? Where did they lose their way? Has anything like this every happened to our church? Has it ever happened to you?
The question put to Ezekiel is one with both crucifixion and resurrection implications. Consider Christ on the cross – the place of complete discouragement, inescapable pain, desolation and abandonment. It’s a place so many people have experienced at one time or another. Can these bones live? Are you willing to imagine life coming back into them?
Scriptures: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Message: Bones, Breath, and Imagination
A Thought – which may or may not “make it” into today’s service… Is there a connection between the dry bones and renewed life? Are the ‘dry bones’ in Ezekiel somehow a necessary prerequisite for Israel’s salvation? In other words, are the dry bones a type of crucifixion?