By Andy Smith
As the father of a teenager, I’ve seen quite a few zombies on our TV in the family room. These undead fictional creatures have been a real hit in movies and television over the last few years.
Zombies seem, at best, only partly conscious, acting on some type of animal instinct. They don’t appear to be very alert, or to perceive much of their environment as they stagger from place to place.
If you’re a human character in a zombie movie, you either run from the zombies or try to kill them. They’re dangerous. Which other reaction could you have to them?
Recently, I’ve made an amazing discovery. I’m a zombie.
I’m a zombie
Spiritually speaking, that is. The New Testament uses metaphors to describe the human condition. We are asleep and blind–or at least partly so.
Being spiritually asleep, or at least very drowsy, means that I’m not fully aware of my condition or my environment. I don’t understand what’s going on with me–that my own self can be my enemy. I don’t understand what’s happening around me–the imminent danger posed by sin, death, and the devil.
Being spiritually blind, or at least having bad vision, means that I can’t clearly see the paths that are opened for me, or the obstacles in my way, or the Savior who’s there to help me.
I can hurt others–or even hurt myself–because I’m staggering around, asleep and blind. Trying to perceive the world with impaired senses while being only semiconscious: I’m a zombie.
Thankfully, unlike the zombie movies, instead of running away in terror, or trying to kill me, there’s Somebody who instead approaches the zombie with a miraculous cure.
Unlike the zombie movies, there is help that can get me out of my condition. Jesus chases zombies.
Jesus chases zombies.
He chases them in order to help them and save them, not to kill them.
On my own, I’m helpless, wandering aimlessly in my zombie-trance until someone or something finally destroys me.
When Jesus catches me, however, things change. He guides me despite my foggy consciousness and blurry vision. He leads me along the path that He has opened for me.
My life will continue to have challenges and difficulties, but I have hope. I will not be a zombie forever. Jesus chases zombies, because He loves them. Jesus chases zombies, in order to bring them into real life.
If you want to read more about Scripture’s imagery of my blind and sleeping nature, see Matthew 7:5, 13:13; Mark 13:36; Isaiah 42:18, 46:8; Ephesians 5:14; Romans 13:11; Revelation 3:3; Matthew 10:17, 16:6; Mark 13:9; Luke 12:15; Psalm 141:8; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 5:14; I John 2:11; Galatians 6:9; I Corinthians 13:12; Matthew 25:5; Hebrews 12:3; Revelation 2:3.