Zombies are stupid. That’s right I said it. Zombies have never really intrigued me. The principle of it just doesn’t compute in my mind. If you are dead, then you are dead – the whole idea of the “night of the living dead” is an overwhelming oxymoron.
However, the idea of taking something/someone that is dead and bringing it back to life – this astounds me. The human spirit wants to revive things in our lives that appear to be dead. We so often try to become creators of light – masters of life. But perhaps creating light has never been our job at all.
“So much has been done…—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”
Mary Shelley writes this declaration in the third chapter of her novel, Frankenstein. While being one of the most morbid works in literature, Frankenstein tackles a major issue: By nature, are we inherently good or evil? While ignoring this question, Dr. Frankenstein decides that he would create life.
Ironically, we see a similar rebellion in the third chapter of Genesis. After Adam and Eve fall from grace, the pioneer a new way and explore the unknown and unfold the mysteries of the world. Now, they have to do this without God, the light has been removed and now they dwell in darkness.
But God promised us that the light would return. God promises Abraham a son to continue the line of Messiah. After years of hearing this promise, Abraham and Sarah become impatient and attempt to fulfill the promises of God and try to create life. Abraham has a son with Hagar, Ishmael and God comes through with His promise and blesses Abraham and Sarah with Isaac. Long story short, this is a sibling rivalry that is still being fought today.
Be patient and wait upon the Lord, trust in His promises. We often try to create life on our own. And more often than not, because we want things to happen on our own watch, we miss God’s timing. When we attempt this, we don’t only mess up our own lives but the ripple effect of our actions reach far beyond our control.
Much like Dr. Frankenstein and Abraham, who both set out to revel in the mysteries of life. It was their self-fulfilling prophecy mindset that destroyed their lives.
But in this season of Advent, I’m reminded so often how God keeps His promises. He sent us the Light of the world! In Jesus, what is dead comes to life and becomes a new creation! He is the fulfiller and the fulfillment of all of God’s promises:
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ And through Christ, our ‘Amen’ ascends to God for his glory.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20
Now that we are in Christ Jesus, creating light and mastering life isn’t something we do. It is something Christ has already done.