It’s Halloween, and that means scary movies are on and kids will be dressed up Trick-or-Treating in our neighborhoods. There will be werewolves, vampires, superheroes, princesses, and zombies.
The idea of zombies has been around for a really long time. It used to be because of witchcraft, voodoo, gypsy, and other types of magic. In the past decade or so, it has been more about diseases and viruses killing and reanimating corpses. 28 Days Later, I Am Legend, The Walking Dead, and World War Z are a few films that portray this. The zombies are still dead people, but their bodies are moving and eating flesh.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we see the Resurrection Stone. It would bring back an apparition of the person but they wouldn’t be the same as when they were alive. The person would be distant and unloving. They knew that they weren’t supposed to be alive in our world, and they longed to be back in death. Pet Cemetery did something similar. Whoever, or whatever, was buried in the cemetery would come back to life. But they would be violent and kill somebody to take their place in death. In all of these, we never see anybody truly come back to life. A part of them is still dead.
In John 11:25-26, Jesus says, “…I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.…”. We see that when Jesus, or God, brings people back to life, that they fully come back to life. Lazarus didn’t half way come back to life as a zombie. He was fully brought back to life, and the people were told to take his wrappings off. When Jesus was resurrected, He fully came back. The disciples were able to feel the wounds from His crucifixion (John 20:24-29). He spoke and appeared to them as He did before He had died.
It is through Jesus that we gain life. Jesus isn’t telling us that we will never die. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that everyone must die once. Jesus is telling us that through Him we can have life after death.