Jesus and the Walking Dead

We read the passage below in small group and all I can picture is AMC’s The Walking Dead. What’s wrong with me?

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. (John 6:53, 54 NIV)

Blasphemy?

Hold on.

It’s interesting to me how the idea of the flesh eating undead parallels what Jesus said above. Eating flesh. Drinking blood. Rising on the last day. Eternal life. These all sound crazy if more of Jesus’ story isn’t taken into consideration.

We have the benefit of knowing about the Jesus’ resurrection. I can’t imagine how difficult this teaching must have been for Jesus’ disciples. It’s no wonder a number of them left after this statement. They had no idea what was yet to come.

Even still, I still think this is a difficult teaching today. We have the benefit of seeing more of the picture but that doesn’t change the fact that we have to eat, drink and live Jesus. I’m not sure what that looks like all of the time but I guess that’s why we need to keep working at it. Jesus wasn’t in the business of making our lives easier. His goal was to help us spend eternity with him. So, if eating and drinking Jesus is what it takes, count me in and call me a zombie.

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