"...and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were rasied; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appreared to many."
My translation: The graves opened up and dead people came out of them after the resurrection of Christ. These dead were children of God and they went into Jerusalem appearing to many.
Only these were not the walking dead so many will be dressed like this weekend. These were fully restored to life and sharing the truth of life after death. I often think of what mayhem was going on when the Roman guard had fleed the scene, Christ's body was gone and now all these supposed dead people are walking around including the Lord. The Word tells us that our Savior walked through a wall to enter a room. I wonder if the others resurrected had the same capability. What would you do if a person whose funeral you attended came strollin' up the way? Or walkin' through your wall? How would you respond to what they may have said? One thing I believe is for sure. The only fear that was being spread around the town was the fear of Almighty God.
All people know that life will come to an end. Death is a certainty. I am so thankful that I serve a God who has conquered the grave and by that, the enemy of our souls. Baptism is such a great picture of what happens for those who believe, we become dead to the old man and then risen to walk in newness of life through Christ. But it is also a prophetic picture of what literally happened with Christ and will happen with us who are sealed by God. If the Lord tarries we will meet the grave; and like Him, we will come out. Romans 6 proclaims that death no longer has dominion over us. We are alive to God.
If you are a believer reading this blog, you are a walking dead person. Inside you is the resurrection power of Christ. We are dead to sin, this world and it's waves of the society we live in. Here's a dare. Whatever party you may be going to that requires a costume, dress normal. If someone inquires about your dress, tell him/her/them with all seriousness, "This is it. I'm a dead person," and watch what happens. They may look with a serious face or laugh and respond with something like, "Come on be serious." But, if you grab the Holy Spirit and seriously explain what that means for you, the fear of the Living God will come onto their countenance. I have done this before and it is amazing!!
I tell you. Death is everywhere; on TV, movies and video games. Fear roams our nation with all the things happening in the world. But, Praise the Lord!! We can shout, "Whom shall I fear and death where is your sting?!?! With Christ I am alive. I am alive!"