“I will give you a new heart, and a new Spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
In 2009, Bridget was living the life of a normal toddler. Then one day, her mom began to sense that something was wrong… Bridget just didn’t seem right. So she took her to her pediatrician. Within hours, Bridget was being transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital.
Her parents’ worst nightmare came true when Bridget was diagnosed with a virus that had attacked her heart. After a month in the hospital, she went home on medication to hopefully kill the virus that was destroying her healthy 2-year-old heart. Four months later Bridget turned blue, her mom called 911, and she was re-admitted to the hospital.
The doctors soon determined there was only option…a new heart. This virus could not be killed with medication. Her only hope of survival was to remove her infected heart and replace it with a healthy one. She was placed at the top of the donor list and in 6 weeks, she was given a new heart. Eight days later, she walked out of the hospital a healthy little girl. She is now 5 years old and thriving.
There were over 3,500 heart transplants performed worldwide in 2009. Little Bridget was one of them. For 3,500 families, this was the light at the end of a dark tunnel. But for the 3,500 families of the heart donors, it was tragedy. Death had to occur in order for new life to be given.
Ezekiel 36:26 is a prophecy of the New Covenant in Christ. Man’s spiritual condition has much in common with little Bridget’s physical one. Our hearts are sick… attacked and ravaged by an ugly virus called sin. The religious medicine of outward actions cannot cure us. We need a new heart, a healthy heart that is without sin. There is only one suitable donor for such a heart. His name is Jesus Christ. And through His sacrifice of death on the cross, we can have new life in Him.
Many people try to cure their hearts with something other than Jesus. They may know that something just doesn’t seem right… unaware, as Bridget and her parents were, that it is a matter of life and death. There is only one way to spiritual healing, and that is a new heart. The price has been paid—we must simply receive Christ by faith and allow Him to give us a new heart.
Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross in my place so that I might have a relationship with God. I know that without You, there is no cure for my sin and no hope for eternal life. Thank you for giving me a new heart and the Holy Spirit. Help me to please You and show others the way to You today. Amen.