Zombies as portrayed in the movie Night of the Living Dead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With so many films and TV shows about Zombies and the un-dead you would think it was something new however if we are to be really honest the whole idea is quite old… in fact it could be a sign of how behind the times we really are.
The book Dracula was written in about 1897 and was based on folklore that had already been around.
But even before that there were glimpses of the un-dead… even in The Bible
And then there is Jesus… he even adds to the Vampire myth…. Jesus says this:
But Jesus didn’t give an inch. “Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh and blood, the flesh and blood of the Son of Man, do you have life within you. The one who brings a hearty appetite to this eating and drinking has eternal life and will be fit and ready for the Final Day. My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you. In the same way that the fully alive Father sent me here and I live because of him, so the one who makes a meal of me lives because of me. This is the Bread from heaven. Your ancestors ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread will live always.” – john 6:53-58 (The Message)
There are a lot of things that Jesus was referring to here… his crucifixion… how the Passover meal would take on a new meaning… that he was the bread of Life… and his words were to be digested… swallowed… but we see all this in hindsight of 2000 years don’t we???
The people of the time didn’t see this and they were confused… it even says that a lot of Jesus’ followers found it too hard to swallow and they left him… they just didn’t get it.
However they were going to find it hard to get their heads around the Zombie Jesus too.
Now I don’t mean to be disrespectful… but I think Zombies are a great analogy for Christians…
Jesus died… it’s not a myth… it’s factual and historical, and the resurrection is just as factual… thousands of people saw Jesus back among them… they all saw… they all witnessed his brutal death… and when you see someone back among you… you start to take notice.
Just like Zombies… we are un-dead… dead to our old life… and we are born again a new creation
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
– 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) –
We don’t have to our old life…it’s dead… and we are REBORN something new… and we don’t have to worry about our old life dragging us down… it’s dead.
In 1997 Audio Adrenaline released a song called ‘Some Kind of Zombie’ that said this:
I must have been confused or vain
to let this evil in my brain.
Lord did I enjoy the change
that you made inside my heart?
….here they come
they’re all up on me
but I’m dead to sin like
some kind of zombie.
And now 5 years later Family Force 5 have some back with their version of the same thought…
So here is the newly released FF5 song ‘Zombie’ from their album III.V
Click on this link… and enjoy: Family Force 5 ‘Zombie’