Why (not) Zombie Jesus Signals Hope for all of us

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Easter.

Of all of the things that divide the three Abrahamic faiths, this is perhaps the biggest.  You might think that Good Friday would be the biggest divider, however Jews believe that Jesus died too.  Just like every other wannabe Messiah of the earliest century of our current era, Jesus died.  It’s true that many if not most Muslims also believe that Jesus didn’t die – though the Qur’an hardly corroborates that belief.

No, the biggest divider between us is what Christians say happened on Easter.  Resurrection, or more specifically, the belief that the same Jesus who died on Friday was alive three Jewish days later.  This was even a radically unique, unheard of belief at the time of Jesus.  Because, it wasn’t beat up, battered, zombie Jesus who became THE walking dead.  Instead, the Jesus who came out of the tomb wasn’t the same as the one who went…

 

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