Ezekiel 37:11 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 clean cut off.'

You have probably never said: "Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost." Or if you did, its not something that you’d want to admit, and its certainly not a situation anyone would look forward to. For such a state is nothing less than a living death. There is however one good thing about such a state, for it is very hard, at such a time, to think that one could save oneself, or even contribute a little to our own salvation.

If we consider the events of Easter, after Jesus death, when the disciples were hiding in the upper room for fear of the Jews – its not hard to imagine them having these kinds of thoughts. Jesus had been their hope, and Jesus had died – where could they turn – who would come to their aid now? And then Jesus appears, and forgives their sins, and gives them the hope of the resurection – the hope of Easter. And things are better, at least now, their hope is not lost – but there is still a weakness that keeps them very quiet. Something that is kind of tenative and uncertain – not the kind of bold witness that will bring many to faith.

Now, no one likes to feel weak and helpless – so what is the purpose? The purpose is, that when the power does come – that they see and acknowledge that this is the power of God. Indeed, this is what Paul says Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things in him who strengthens me." And that is what Pentecost is all about.

You see, while it may seem a hopeless situation – God has a plan. Ezekiel 37:14 "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, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done it, says the LORD."

This is the salvation of God – we were as good as dead, and God breathes life into us, and provides everything necessary. That is the Christian life, this is what our Savior does, this is how the promise of Easter is brought to completion.