There seems to be an unusual fascination in recent years with zombies. Often referred to as the “walking dead”, the concept of zombies has long been associated with voodoo. “The superstition holds that a voodoo spirit is able to bring people who have died back to life without speech or free will” (Webster’s New American Dictionary).
Many people, especially young people, seem to be enthralled with the idea of zombies as evidenced by the immense popularity of zombie movies and television shows. Clothes, wall hangings, trinkets, and other bric-a-brac also reflect this fixation. A city in our region even holds an annual Zombie Parade.
There is a sobering truth in scripture concerning the ‘living dead’. God’s word says, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12, NIV). There is a vast difference between physical existence and true life that is in Christ. People may eat, drink, go to work, etc., in the existence mode, but the real joy of life as God intended, it not there.
Multitudes of people move through daily routines with little purpose or direction. They are intent on little more than self-pleasing. “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community” (Galatians 5:19-21, MSG). Such people are the walking dead.
The flip-side of the biblical life principle is likewise true: If a person is in Christ, they continue to live, even though the physical body stops functioning.
- “Jesus said …, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26, NIV).
- “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them” (John 3:36, NIV).
A Wonderful Promise: Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV).
~ Brother Roy