I’m going to say something that you may not agree with, and that’s cool,
“People without God are dead.”
What comes to mind when I say that? How many times have we heard that? It reminds me of the man on the street corner up on his little box shouting into a megaphone: “Turn or burn!”. Or a friend who only wants to be your friends so that you’ll be a Christian and they can feel good about winning you for Christ. Or in the middle ages with the crusades where English knights rode into Jerusalem to convert all the lost Muslim people and those who refused were slain
Do you remember the story of Adam and Eve. Created in communion with God, and then, by their own demise, all is undone and their relationship with God is severed and cast out of the Garden. They were the first walking dead.
It’s the sin in our lives that makes us Zombies. But, instead of craving brains, we crave things like, fancy cars, the newest iPhone, and more money to buy bigger and better things. There isn’t anything wrong with having nice things. The issue is when those things become to centre of our world instead of God; when its all we live for and we end up wandering around like a zombie, mindlessly obsessing the latest and greatest thing. It’s all we can think about. We crave it.
So Adam and Eve become the first of many Walking Dead in the Old Testament. Some were raised to new life. Some stayed zombies. And then what happens in the New Testament? What changes? What does John 3:16 say?
So we were Zombies without God. So God sent us the shock paddles we needed (AKA Jesus) to restart our hearts and minds; to refocus them to what really matters. The most common phrase we hear to describe this is “Born Again.” The Holy Spirit has a lot of different powers, one of which is the ability bring what was dead, back to life, this can be spiritually and physically.
When we wake up, like the verse in Ephesians was talking about, we receive the Holy Spirit and we re-establish the connection with God that was lost in the Garden of Eden.
The power that the Holy Spirit gives us is the same power that will one day grant us the eternal life that we talk about in the Apostle’s Creed. And what makes this all possible for the walking dead is Jesus. As John 3:16 says: He took our place, He died our death, He paid our debt in full. So “Arise! Awake all you sleepers and be brought to life as Christ shines His light and the Holy Spirit upon you!”