Running On Empty (4/28/13)

Read: Judges 8:18-9:21, Luke 23:44-24:12, Psalm 99:1-9, Proverbs 14:9-10

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! (Luke 24:5-6)

Empty Grave

Relate: Zombie movies have been quite popular in the last decade or so. You’ve got the Resident Evil series that seems to get worse with each reload. That almost seems impossible to me because they weren’t that great to begin with and each time another one comes out I have to see it because, “It can’t possibly be worse than the last one.” Each time I am proven wrong. There is the 28 days/weeks later movies. You have Dawn/Shawn of the dead. Night of the Living Dead. Not another Zombie Movie. World War Z. Warm Bodies. I’m sure there’s more and I am missing plenty of others.

The world has changed the understanding of what it means for the dead to be alive again. Once it was a message of hope. Now there are idiots hoarding weapons for the coming zombie apocalypse. (Whatever their excuse, anyone hoarding weapons is an idiot.) I like walking in graveyards. There is a peace and a beauty about it. But if I saw something starting to crawl its way out of one of those graves I am going to look for a really heavy stick or rock to bash its head in. Decapitation is the only thing that works. I know, Hollywood told me so. If two or three things started crawling out, it is time to get nervous and look for some better weapons. If they all started emptying out… I’m running.

React: I would run for fear, they did run for joy. Mary, Mary and a few others were coming to Jesus tomb to prepare his body for burial. Yes, he was already dead and buried but considering the circumstances (Passover, Roman soldiers everywhere, angry mob and all) this was the first real chance they had to do so. They were too late. When they got to the tomb, Jesus wasn’t there and they met with some angels instead. The tomb is empty and so they ran. They ran to tell the disciples. When Peter and John heard, they ran to see for themselves. People have been running ever since. He is alive! The grave is empty! We have hope to share with the world. So let’s run with it.

Respond: 

Thank You, Jesus, for the resurrection. Thank You that the grave is empty. The day that the dead will live again is not a thing for us to dread but rather our greatest hope. Let me run with the good news. You are the forerunner of what will happen to all of us. You are alive. We will live again. Death will die. Thank You. Thank You. Again I say thank You.

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11 thoughts on “Running On Empty (4/28/13)

  1. The popularity of the supernatural genre is nothing new. Think back to Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and the root of countless superstitions and you’ll see that it’s true. When a man willfully chooses to live apart from God, the supernatural desire to connect with his Creator doesn’t dissipate. But rather than surrender to the only One who can bring true and lasting peace to a tortured heart, the hard-hearted turns away from the light and becomes immersed in the deepest darkness that is eternal perdition (hopelessness). (See John 3: 19-20)

    See also: Living Life In Christ (http://wp.me/p3m8gt-1I)

  2. One of these days I’ll tell you how the title of this post and the Bible verse you quoted at the beginning, taken together on this very afternoon, changed my life. Because I think they might be about to.

    In the meantime–I love the point about the zombies: The world has changed the understanding of what it means for the dead to be alive again. Once it was a message of hope. Now there are idiots hoarding weapons for the coming zombie apocalypse.

    No joke. And well said.

  3. Isn’t it great that when we rise from the dead we won’t be zombies? How terrible it would be if it were true! This is a great post, and I’m glad I stopped by to read it.

  4. I love all things zombie related but I love the truth of the Gospel more. I’m so thankful that one is silly horror fantasy and the other is truth. spot on post

  5. Unfortunately my wife who is a primary school teacher has to be very careful how she teaches the Easter story to young children. The problem she has is that they will confuse the story of the resurrection with the supernatural stories they see on film, TV etc. Rather than the UK being a secular society it has a culture awash with strange magical supernatural stories.

    • Quite often those “supernatural” stories shown on TV can be used as redemptive analogies. We can use them as launching points to help others grasp the truth. Fiction illustrates reality.

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