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Back From The Dead

So what would you do if an old friend you hadn’t seen for a long while suddenly appeared at your front door?

I mean, the last time you saw them was a couple of years ago, while attending a funeral.

Theirs.

Now, they are standing on your front step, ringing your doorbell. What would you do?

If it was possible for someone to come back from the dead, would they be the most effective evangelist in the world? Would anyone listen to what they had to say?

If someone who had died and gone to hell, was allowed to return for a two week preaching engagement, would anyone pay attention? Would anyone attend their meetings? What if they reeked of sulphur? Would YOU listen?

With all the focus these days on zombies, including a sandwich shop called Zombie Burger, I found myself wondering about something Jesus said.

In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus spoke of Abraham conversing with a rich man, who had met a very unpleasant tragedy; he had died and found himself in Hades.

The place of the damned. 

Now at that time, since Jesus hadn’t yet paid for mankind’s transgressions, those who died believing and trusting in God, were taken to a place of rest and comfort; as they awaited the finished work of Christ. 

The place was called Abraham’s Bosom. 
It was a place which could be seen by those in the place of the damned, but that was all. There wasn’t any way to bridge the gap between the two places. 

Somehow, though, the rich man was heard by Abraham when he called to him.

The man, being in torment, said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.” (Luke 16:24 ESV)

(Notice the man’s heart hadn’t changed; he still had a sense of arrogance about him.)

“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'” (Luke 16:25-26 ESV)

Imagine the rich man. Growing up, he ignored all the “religious dogma” (as he liked to call it), but now it was too late. To be trapped forever in the place of the damned, to know he was wrong and others were right, and to sit there day in and day out thinking about his family and loved ones…

Well, if he couldn’t get some relief, maybe he could find a way to warn them. Maybe Abraham would help him.

“So the rich man said to Abraham, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house – for I have five brothers – so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:27-31 ESV)

Let’s just suppose Lazarus WAS allowed to go back and evangelize the rich man’s family. Why would they believe Lazarus, who before was nothing more than a decrepit old man; a poor specimen of a human being?

Why would they listen to someone whose whole purpose in life was to give the mangy stray dogs something to lick?

What could Lazarus possibly know? 

Abraham said, “If they won’t believe Moses and Prophets (the Word of God) then they won’t believe someone who rose from the dead.”

And isn’t that the case today? 

There IS Someone Who went to the lowest place of Hades, the place of the damned, in order to pay mankind’s debt to sin. 

But He didn’t stay there! And when He arose, He left the chains of death behind as well as the smell of sulfur. He said, in fact, “…behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:18 ESV)

The Psalmist David, prophesying of Jesus many years prior, said, “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:10-11 ESV)

After three days He arose, leading captivity captive and giving gifts to men (Ephesians 4:8). He fulfilled all the words of Moses and the Prophets. Nothing’s been left undone. 

But people find it hard to believe in something they cannot see. Yet, many times when they DO see, they say, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing!”

So what do you think you’d do if that old, dead friend suddenly knocked at your front door? 

I suggest you run and find your Bible. Because if you’re going to believe anything, it’s going to be the word of God. 

Zombies may be all the rage, but I wouldn’t give you two cents for their credibility. 

Why Zombies?

zombies aheadZombies. Not much to look at, hard to converse with, and their stink is worse than their looks!

Oh, and a word of advice: NEVER trust one. They have nothing to lose if caught in a lie.

The walking dead. Who would have thought it? And why the fascination? Is it because people relate to the walking dead? Do they actually believe someone could be resurrected?

I’m amazed at how many movies, TV programs, etc, are centered on the dark, demonic, pagan practice of voodoo and zombies. Those who “practice” voodoo believe a supernatural power can enter into a dead body and reanimate it. But stop and think about it for a second. What kind of supernatural power would enter into a dead body and keep it looking dead?

Not the kind of power I want anything to do with!

And why do zombies walk around like they have some sort of crippling arthritis? Stiff legged, hands out in front of them like the stereotypical sleep walker, eyes staring straight ahead; really now, how comfortable could that be?

Again, that kind of power I can do without!

Why do they seem to want to hurt people who are living? A personal vendetta, or are they simply motivated by the “power within”?

Folks, I believe there is a power that resurrects dead bodies, and spirits, but doesn’t leave them looking or acting dead. They don’t walk around scaring the daylights out of people. I’m referring to the power of the Living God! The One Who raised Lazarus from the dead, and Jesus from the tomb! The power that took someone dead in sin (me) and raised him to new life!

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10 NKJV

I don’t think I walked like a zombie before new life entered my spirit, but I was certainly like one on the inside. Ugly, vulgar, and smelly; that’s how my spirit was.

But God breathed into my spirit His breath of life when I turned from MY ways, received His forgiveness, and confessed Him as the Lord of my life. Here’s what the scripture says happened to me:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24 NKJV

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” Colossians 1:13 NKJV

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” NKJV

Yep, I once was dead but now I’m alive. And so is EVERYONE who names Jesus as the Lord of their life!

Oh, just one more thing to mention to you Christians. Don’t you think it would be important for us to walk like we’re alive, and not dead? Look like it, talk like it, and yes, even smell like it? Wouldn’t it be great if we walked around not trying to hurt people, but actually help them? Greater is the power in us, than the “power” that makes dead people walk, while still dead.

Zombies are weird! But what is weirder is people who have been raised to new life act like they’re still dead!

Come on, people, look alive!

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