When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. Then he summoned Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground. Then she picked up her son and went out. II Kings 4:32-37 ESV
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:3-5 ESV
Have you ever learned first aid? Do you know what to do if someone has stopped breathing? If they have a pulse, that means their heart is still beating, but they need to have oxygen in their lungs for the heart to deliver around the body. If you take a first aid and CPR course, you will learn how to do rescue breathing. This means breathing your breath into the other person’s lungs and watching for the chest to rise. You keep doing that until the other person starts breathing on his or her own again. Doing rescue breathing can save someone’s life. You are saving the other person’s life through your own breath of life.
When Elisha came to the Shunammite woman’s home, he went into the room and saw her little son lying dead on the bed. He closed the door so he would be alone with the boy’s body, and prayed. Then he laid on top of the boy. The little boy’s body was cold with death, but Elisha’s body warmed his body. The Elisha got up and prayed some more, and laid on the boy’s body again. Finally the little boy sneezed seven times. The breath had come back into his body, and he was alive! When Elisha’s warm body warmed the little boy’s body, that wasn’t some kind of first aid made him alive again. It was just the way God chose to work to bring the boy back to life. God heard Elisha’s prayers and gave the Shunammite woman the blessing of rising her son from death.
We were dead with sin and separation from God, but Jesus gave us new life through his own life. He died and rose again, and when we are baptized, we are united with Jesus in his death and his resurrection. Our sin and rebellion against God brought us death, and we needed to be rescued. Jesus died to take our sins away, and we die with him to the sin in our lives. He rose again from the dead, and he gives us a new life with him. Someday he will bring our dead bodies out of the ground to live forever with him in his heavenly kingdom.
Dear Jesus, thank you for dying and rising again so that we could have new life in you. Amen.