The Walking Dead

A reading for Wednesday, January 29, 2014: John 5:19-29

There is a very popular show on television called "The Walking Dead."  It's a show about Zombies, those that are already dead, walking around and fighting against living people.  Those that are alive are trying to survive over against those that are already dead.  I have not seen it, but hear it's a great show.

"The hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out."  Jesus proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom of God."  When the Kingdom comes, and because judgment is given to Jesus Christ according to John, then all those that are dead will be given new life.  All those that have done evil will be condemned.

This is the justice that God has provided for all of creation.  Good is the purpose of God's creation, and anything less than good must be destroyed in order for creation to achieve the purpose that God has intended.  This is the purpose of the Messiah, the Son of God, to deliver all of creation into the intended purpose and good that God intends.  There is judgment so there can be justice.

The question for us is whether we believe this happens only after we die or can it also apply to now?  Are we dead to new life and yet still walking around?  Read the story that way:  "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life."  What if there really are "walking dead" and yet are given a chance to live new life?

Imagine how exciting faith would be if we could be transformed from death to life, today!  Not someday, a long time from now, but today.  The truth is we can, and it's not a television show.  It's real life.  It's the good news of the gospel.  Do you believe?  


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