“Are there zombies in the Bible?” My son’s question startled me. Zombies? In the Bible? I was flabbergasted.
“What do you mean?” I asked him, confused.
“The verse you just read.” I looked back over the passage we had just read. Then I saw what he had heard…
“…and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” (Matthew 27:52-53 NIV)
As I reread the verses again I was astounded. Dead people walking? As I tried to explain to my son that they probably weren’t zombies, I realized I had no idea what the Bible was talking about. Dead people walking? It’s not normal.
A few days after our “zombie conversation,” our family had the blessing of attending an Easter Sunrise Service at Sea World in Orlando, FL, hosted by the radio station Z88.3. The speaker, Steve Brown, began speaking about “a dead man walking.” I looked knowingly at my son, as Brown reiterated the very point we had been discussing. Dead people walking around are not normal. To see a person die, to know without a shadow of doubt that the person who died is dead. Then to see that person walking and talking again. It isn’t normal.
A man, who claimed to be the son of God, died. People saw him die. When he died there was an earthquake. The curtain in the temple was torn in two. People saw him buried in a tomb, dead. Then the man, who claimed to be the Son of God was alive. A dead man was walking around and visiting with people. To make matters even stranger, other dead people started walking around. It was almost like a story unfolding on the movie screen. Except, it wasn’t. Would countless churches rise from a story that was fake? Would countless men, women and children die for a lie? If the dead man walking was a lie, would his name be causing so much turmoil 2,000 years later?
As the sun rose over Orlando, I knew that a dead man walking was not normal, but I knew that the dead man walking was real and he had changed my life forever.