Come Back to Life
“As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm.”
2 Kings 4:34
The boy had been dead for a while now and his body was cold, but the prophet threw himself on top of him, mouth to mouth and eye to eye, as if to breathe life into the lifeless body. The coldness of the boy’s body might have given the prophet a slight chill, reminding him of the cold reality of death, causing him to summon all his faith to overcome doubt, murmuring to him that all was for naught.
I have seen lifeless bodies lying deadly still in caskets many occasions during visitation time and I always tried not to get too close to them as I was walking by to pay my last respects to the deceased. It had never occurred to me that I could cover their bodies and summon life and warmth back to their bodies. I have always felt like escaping from the scene, running away from the stern reality of the irreversible, the finality, the death.
The prophet knew it could be done and he might have done it before. He had witnessed the power of God manifested far too many times to cast doubt on anything. All he needed to do at the time was to make sure that the Lord intended for the boy to come back to life again, which was indeed the case.
Incidents such as that were rare and, in most cases, nature just ran its course and the dead returned to dust, never to return to the embraces of their loved ones.
Even if the dead do return to life again, the inevitable will eventually strike again after a number of years and the living must go through the same routine of mourning, resignation, and final acceptance. Death cannot be conquered by life, it can only be overcome by death, since there is a resurrection afterward, and the resurrected body, which is spiritual in essence, will not be subject to death and decay.
Even so, the prophet still gave his best effort to bring the boy back to life, to his mother, demonstrating to the world the Lord is truly gracious and merciful, and would not put the woman through something so cruel and utterly unbearable.
God’s mercy abounds as well when suffering abounds. There is still life in lifelessness and a glimpse of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. First, there was warmth returning to the body and then the heart started to pump and the blood rushed through the entire body and the boy was revived, awakened as if from a long dreamless dream.
Wasn’t this what our heavenly Father intended for all things to be? Wasn’t it his original design for all of us, his beloved children? Even though sin and death were introduced into the world, eternal life is still his ultimate goal for us all.