Better Than A Defibrillator
The training was in our church. Its purpose was to insure that if anyone in our building suddenly needed CPR, we would have a trained person right there, prepared to act. My friend, Don, was a fire fighter who faced these situations on a weekly basis and was also deeply committed to training others. So I signed up for the class.
After having us take turns pumping hard on the chest of the CPR dummies he provided, Don said, “To be honest, I’ve had little success with this traditional CPR technique, but what I’m going to teach you now, often works.” He then put an AED on the table. ”These Automated External Defibrillators are going to be distributed in key locations in our facilities, and you need to know how to use them.”
When we finished the course, Don gave us signed cards proving we had received the training, and hopefully we were ready if someone went into cardiac arrest
In the Gospel of Mark, John the Baptist points to someone who doesn’t just revive people. He pours his life-giving Spirit into their lives that cleanses from sin, but also gives the gift of a new heart.
“I (John the Baptizer) have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:8
Old Testament prophets like Ezekiel declared that their people would face God’s judgment because they turned away from him and worshiped false gods. But listen to what Ezekiel said would happen to those in exile in Babylon and throughout the Ancient World.
"I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries. I will bring you to your own land and I will sprinkle you with clean water and cleanse you from all your uncleanness. From all your idols, I will clean you. I will give you a new heart and a new spirit to live inside of you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a tender, responsive heart. I will put my Spirit into the core of your being and I will cause you to walk according to my statutes, and my laws you will obey and do." Ezekiel 36:24-27
Notice Ezekiel’s stress on “cleansing from an uncleanness,” “a new spirit,” and “a new heart.” As we begin our study of Mark, John the Baptist declares that it’s time to fulfill this promise and he knows who will do it.
I’m so thankful that Don believed what we are reading in Mark about Jesus’ good news and his ability to give the gift of the Holy Spirit. Soon after he taught that training class, he contracted a virus as a result of an emergency run. In intensive care, in only a matter of hours, his organs failed, and hundreds of fire fighters packed the church for his funeral.
LORD, I miss Don’s daily calls, but I know that he is alive with you in heaven because your Spirit gave him the gift of life. Thanks that you don’t just resuscitate. You resurrect.
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