Saturday, April 18, 2015

Zombie Day

It was Easter, and I was on facebook.  I scrolled to a post from a person I knew in high school, an open atheist.  Easter is the first "Zombie Day" according to her post.  I cannot remember if it was an article or not, and I never read it if it was, but it had me thinking.  Can the Christians call Easter a Zombie Day?

From what I can tell, the popular culture defines zombies as dead corpses who come back from the dead in all their decayed glory and roam around looking for brains.  So 1)dead corpses who 2) walk 3) still decayed who 4) seek out living brains.

I can affirm the dead corpse part of the answer.  Ephesians 2:1-3 is clear that "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind."

The next part confirms the second section, we walk. Verses 4-7: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."  Praise God, I was dead and am now alive.

Now, am I still decayed? Romans 7:24-25: "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin."  So yes, although God has made me alive to holiness through Christ, I still have a part of me still attracted to sin.  Only when Christ returns will he give me a new body free from sin and decay.

Do I seek out other people's brains?  I suppose that would mean I have no brain to start with.  All I know is that I lived, then I died to the law, and now that I'm alive in Christ, my heart, soul, and mind all belong to Jesus. So my brain is not my own.  It belongs to my King.  And I do want to see people give their brains to Jesus.  It gets worse than that, I want to give him their souls and hearts, too.

So yeah, I guess I'm a zombie.  However, it's a resurrection from a life to which I would not return.  Jesus lived a perfect live and died the death I deserved so that I could live on his righteousness.  And one day, I will be a complete human because Christ will come back and complete the ones he saved.

During Spring Break, I had to work at the school and watch kids while their parents worked.  I played some YouTube videos.  One girl requested "God's Not Dead" as done by Newsboys/ DCTalk 2.0.  It's a great rocking song, but do the kids at CCS really believe that God is not dead.  Sure he's out there holding things together, but is Jesus really alive?  They want to go to heaven, but do they want Jesus to be Lord of their lives?  Praise God, he is alive.  I know because he sent Jesus.  Jesus is real and I want him to be my Lord.  I want the kids to want him as their Lord.  Maybe then they won't have spells of insult and unforgiveness.  They would love each other even when not happy with each other.  They would do what I say the first time I say it, not argue with things I say, and simply listen to me.

I don't know, but Jesus is truly alive which is good news for the sinner.  He can raise you up and make you whole.  Please show your kids the importance of letting him be their Lord. 

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