Ezekiel 36:26 – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
One of the best parts of the Christmas season is going home. That may mean going to see relatives or perhaps traveling to a hometown, or it may just mean being in the place or with the people that make you feel like you’re home.
When the Jews were in exile, surely they longed for a sense of home. Knowing their struggle, God provided prophets like Ezekiel who assured the people that one day God would bring them back to their homeland. God would cleanse the people of their impurities and provide them with “a new heart” and “a new spirit.”
Have we drifted this year from a place where we feel at home with God? As we make plans to go “home for Christmas,” we can be assured that God also desires to bring us back to his home. Too, when we return to God, the Christ celebrated at Advent renews our hearts and provides us with a fresh sense of the Holy Spirit. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than being renewed and at home with God. That will give us a New Hope for Today.
Thomas Marshall is a professor at Liberty University.