Dry bones

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Imagine that you find yourself in a valley filled with dried up human bones. Clavicles, femurs, scapulas, and sternums lie in piles, and you think that nothing could be more chaotic or more depressing! You stand in the quiet of the valley, wondering what this horror means, when you hear the God of Heaven begin to speak to the bones.

“I will attach tendons to you,” He says to them, “and make flesh come upon you…I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. en you will know that I am the Lord.”

The valley falls quiet again before you hear a new noise, a rattling sound. A  million bones slowly begin to stir, sorting themselves into the neat groups of 206 that you recognize from last year’s Health class. You see skin creeping over each set of bones, and the skinny new people gradually ll out as they gain muscles, tendons, and inner organs. A breeze brushes the still valley, and then you blink and look again at the new guy nearest you. No, you didn’t imagine it. He’s breathing! They’re all breathing! And now they’re standing on their feet – a whole army of them. You can hardly believe what you’ve just seen, and you shout to yourself and to the whole valley: “God is the Lord!”

Believe it or not, God showed this transformation to a real man about 2600 years ago. You can read about it in the Bible, in Ezekiel chapter 37.

There’s a reason I wanted you to imagine yourself in the middle of something so strange: Lots of teenagers live lives that are depressed and hopeless, full of hectic confusion, or numbed by awful experiences – and I just hate the thought that you might be one of them. They are sinners, just like the rest of the world (see Romans 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Joy and contentment and purpose are foreign to them, because in God’s eyes they are as dead as a valley of dried up bones. They haven’t yet been forgiven and begun real life.

This doesn’t sound like you, does it? Because if you can identify, then I’m praying you’ll see hope in a true story about a valley full of bones. e God who was powerful enough to convert a pile of scrambled skeletons into a living, ready-for-the-fight army is exactly the same today. He loves you with all His heart. He sent His Son to pay the death penalty your sins deserve, and He longs to replace the dry bones of your often-depressing, often-confusing, sometimes-horrifying existence with His own amazing eternal life.

Listen to the gift offered to you in the words of the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Believe Him today, be forgiven, and start living!

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