Hope for bones

March 13, 2015 · Print This Article

Did you see what has been happening at Liverpool Street Railway station in London?

As diggers excavated to make way for new construction they discovered a burial site from the 17th century. About 3,000 bodies were unearthed, and it appears that a good number of them had been the victims of plague.

It immediately brought back to my mind the song Dem Dry Bones which is roughly taken from the biblical book of Ezekiel chapter 37. Ezekiel is shown a valley full of dry human bones and is asked the question, “will these bones live again?” It’s a question that has echoed through the centuries. Is there a life after this life? Also, this week many fantasy lovers will be sad due to the passing away of Terry Pratchett.  One his characters was Death, who met people when they died with these re-assuring words: “Don’t think of it as dying, just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush”!

What does happen when we die, and is there something to fear? In a few weeks time Christians will remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This event was not just for Christians but for everyone everywhere in every age. Its significance is explained in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die so also in Christ shall all be made alive”.

So yes, there is life after life.

There’s more to come.

The quote from Terry Pratchett is from Good Omens; the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, first published in the UK by Gollancz in 1990.

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