And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
(2 Kings 13:20-21)
Today’s Morsel: The resurrection to newness of life can be seen in many stories in the Bible. Paul said that the things which were written before were written for our learning (Romans 15:4). In today’s passage of scripture, Elisha had died and was buried. And there was an invasion of the land by the Moabites. As they were burying a man, they saw a band of men coming. And so they cast the man that was dead into the grave of Elisha so that they could flee. When the dead man's body touched Elisha’s bones, he revived and stood up on his feet. Amazing! This is what happens when we come in to contact with Jesus. Once we touch Him, as the woman with the issue of blood did, we are going to be revived and stand up. There is no way one can come in contact with Jesus and not stand up right. People who say that they are Christian, and have an experience with Jesus should be full of life. Paul told the church at Ephesus, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:1-6). Friend, there is no newness of life without coming in contact with Jesus. As Paul told the church at Rome, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:3-11). Has your dead body touched His? If it has, you are risen to walk in newness of life with Him.
Sing: Get up! Get Up! Get up in Jesus name. The Lord is calling daily to those who would be saved. Don't go down defeated while victory's here to claim, so get up, get up, get up in Jesus' name.
Thought For Today: You can lay on a lie or you can stand on the truth.