On this Easter Sunday morning I posted a line from one of my favorite hymns on Facebook.
It received quite a few likes, and one comment calling Jesus a zombie. To which I replied, “Zombies are undead. Jesus is alive!” Turns out my friend isn’t the only one who has made this Jesus/zombie confusion. There’s a whole web site and memes created by those who are a little more than confused: www.zombiejesusday.org.
I can see where some would find it confusing. Jesus died on the cross and then rose again 3 days later. This is told by the four writers of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.–As a side note, have you ever played the game telephone? Where you start a message with one person who whispers it to the next and the next and by the end the last person has no idea what the original message is? So “Susie has a red bow,” becomes “Surely have I read slow,” or something like that. Well it’s astonishing me that you can read these four accounts by four different men and the details are all the same. But that’s a different post for another time.
Back to the zombie confusion. According to the experts at Wikipedia, zombies came from Haitian folklore and are described as an animated corpse raised by magical means. The key word here is corpse. Yes, Jesus died, but he is risen and is alive. Not a corpse.
Not only is He alive, but He stayed on Earth 40 days longer to prove that He is alive. I don’t know about you, but if I had just left a world of thankless people who nailed me to a cross and left me for dead, I wouldn’t be sticking around after my resurrection. I’d probably be second-guessing the whole salvation thing entirely. And that’s what makes Easter so marvelous.
Can I prove Jesus was not a zombie? I only have the Bible and my faith to go from. But if you aren’t sure and want answers, all you have to do is ask.