An Easter People

One of the truths for us as Christians is this – we are an Easter people. For us, Easter is not just one day of the year, but it is a way of life, it is a truth, it is a hope, it is a peace, it is who we are.

We are an Easter people. Easter is why we worship on Sunday, instead of the Old Testament Sabbath – sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. But Easter was Sunday. And that changes things for us. We believe that life will win over death, good will win over evil, light will win over dark, faith, hope and love will win over all.

We are an Easter people. We believe that life is just waiting to erupt, everywhere. Life is just waiting to spring forth.

But see, that’s the way that it’s always gone with God. He is always bringing forth life in amazing ways. He is always up to something awesome. Listen to this story you’ve probably heard a million times, but listen to it in light of Easter. Listen to Ezekiel 37: 1-3:

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”

istock_000005957821large_3God tells Ezekiel, I am going to bring life to these dead bones today. I am going to bring life to this dry, desolate valley. Life will spring forth from a place where there is no life, there is no hope, there is resurrection.

I will bring resurrection and life because I am resurrection and life.

And then you will know that I am the Lord. That is what is happening here.

That’s what can happen in your life today. Today, God wants to break through with life and hope and peace. Today, God wants to break into the dry bones of our life and bring Easter resurrection.

That’s what God does. That’s who God is. That’s what happens in Easter. Today, look for life. Don’t give up in the dry valley. Know that God is wanting to bring life. And when that life erupts, live in the glory and the power of Easter.

Because we are an Easter people.

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There is Always Hope

Dry-BonesThere is always hope.  No matter how dark or dim it may seem.  There is always hope.  As long as we are breathing, as long as God is God, as long as His spirit remains at work in the world, there is hope.

Ezekiel, some folks will tell you, is the most amazing book in all the Bible. For the people of Israel, God’s voice was always tied to the land. God spoke to them through the Law. Through the prophets. Through the worship at the Temple.

The Land was how they knew that God was God.  That God was on the throne. That He would keep His covenant. That all would be ok.

Then, they lost the land. They lost the covenant. Things got bad.  They wound up in exile in Babylon.  And they knew that there was no way that God would still speak to them. Because He only spoke through and in the land.

Until the spirit came upon Ezekiel.  Until God moved in him and spoke through him.  Until God said these words in Ezekiel 37: 11-14:

Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

God says, there is still a hope. Even though you are in exile, there is a hope.

Even though you may feel lost, there is a still a hope.

Even though you don’t know how things will turn out, there is still a hope.

There is always a hope.  Because God is always God.

So, today, don’t lose hope, no matter where you are, no matter what’s going on, no matter how you my feel, no matter how bad it may seem.

Because if God can bring life to dead bones in Babylon and speak to the people while in a foreign land, He is not done with you yet.

There is always hope.  Never give up.

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