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)
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.
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.