"Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open up your graves and bring you up from them."
Day in and day out, we put our bodies to work. We demand so much from them that sometimes we work ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Our dry bones cry out for rest, but can find no relief. And for what? A pat on the back? A paycheck? Life at times can seem like a cruel joke, trapped within this grave of a body with no way out. Truly if there was no way into God, there would be no sense in keeping up this charade.
I may sound grim, but we are dead until we can find relief, until we can find someone to release us from our graves, from our burdens. Fortunately, it is Christ who says "Come to me all you who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest." It is he who exchanges burdens with us, so that the death he died on the cross he died for all. As Paul says, through Christ's death all have died, but in his resurrection we are remade, reborn, recreated anew.
We are no longer graves, but temples of the Holy God who sets his spirit to rest upon us, who nourishes us from the inside out, and who gives life to these dry and thirsty bones.
If you have a few more minutes to spare, this song is worth checking out: