One of my grandsons finds stories, TV shows like “The Walking Dead”, and movies about zombies interesting and scary. What middle school boy doesn’t love a scary story? Fortunately, because I know his parents–did I mention he was my grandson?–I also know he has his feet solidly in the cement of reality and faith in Jesus. Still hedging my belief in his rock solid footing, we have discussions about what is real and what is fiction.
And, while by definition zombies are corpses revived by voodoo witchcraft–soulless, undead or tall mixed drinks consisting of various kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice, guaranteed to have one “walking around like a zombie”, it is the BIBLE, yes, the BIBLE where the TRUE Living Dead stories are found. ONLY these were freed from death to live again by the Power of God. (References for a few of these can be found at the bottom of this article).
There are two, one days from Jesus crucifixion–Lazarus called from the tomb–and one at the moment of Jesus last breath on the cross–tombs opened and families received their dead back alive again–these two scared the beejeebees out of the Pharisees and Sadducees. In fact, Lazarus resurrection sealed the plan of God…Jesus must die. The breaking open of the tombs sent the Jewish leaders scurrying to Pilate demanding extra guards on the burial place of Jesus.
These were, as all the resurrection stories prior to the Cross were, precursors to the grandest event of all time. It is the event that separates Christianity from all other religions. It is an event that repels some, is ridiculous to others, and ONE cannot be a Christian without believing the truth, “A DEAD MAN WALKS”.
We herald it in our litanies: “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” “The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty”
The following is from my Lenten Devotions*
We all love stability in our lives. We all like to assume that everything will stay the same, stay manageable. We fear disruptive change–getting laid off or fired, suffering injuries in a car accident, being hospitalized with some disease. Worse–we fear having to live in a nursing home, being moved to a hospice.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ calms our deepest fears. The resurrection of Jesus Christ guarantees the forgiveness of your sins. There is no condemnation for those who believe in Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus Christ guarantees yours. He lives. You will too.
But Christ has been raised. So are our hopes. “I believe in the resurrection of the body,” we say in the Apostles’ Creed. Do you believe that? Those who do are forgiven and immortal.
There is a richness of life that comes from the knowledge that the God of all Creation loved us not only dying for the sins of all mankind, but also RISING UP! Especially and I really mean this when one comes to the seventh decade of life, when frailty of body and mind become more evident ONE faces the reality of death. But while this body will decay MY SPIRIT WILL SOAR…not cause I deserve it, cause I do not..BUT because CHRIST ROSE..my body is finite, but I was built for eternity.
So glad I believe A DEAD MAN WALKED! And He ain’t no zombie!
*In Our Place Lenten Devotions from Time of Grace Ministries http://www.timeofgrace.org
Biblical Resurrections other than Christ’s Resurrection
1 Kings 17: 17-24
2 Kings 4
2 Kings 13:21
Luke 7: 13-15