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Core 52 Chapter 23 - The Cross

The Walking Dead has been a hit TV show for several years running.  It is set in a dystopian post-Apocalyptic world slowly being taken over by zombies.  I know many people who gather together on a weekly basis for “watch parties,” so they can enjoy the show together.  It has even spawned a second spin off show and has the full arsenal of accessories – action figures, trading cards, T-shirts, video games, memes, books and more – all designed to help a fan completely submerge themselves in the world of the Walking Dead.  I can honestly say I have watched a total combined amount of about three minutes, then turned it off for my own reasons (judgment free zone here!), but to some it is a great show to watch.

I would like to suggest that instead of being just a great TV show for people to enjoy, we might look at The Walking Dead as a way of life. Okay, that sounds strange even as I type it, but let me explain.  (No, I don’t want you to turn into a zombie and start eating brains!)

In Galatians 2:20 Paul states, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” In essence, what Paul is saying is when we give our lives to Christ, we are literally saying we are no longer alive or better yet, we cease to exist, and Christ, our Lord and Savior, lives in us. In other words, we are the Walking Dead.  Dead to ourselves, yet living in Christ.

Isn’t that what Jesus meant when He called each of us to “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”? Death to self, only to find life in Christ!

I love the Old Testament parallel brought in to this week’s discussion by Mark Moore. The account of the lack of wisdom exercised by Rehoboam (1 Kings 12) is not uncommon in comparison to our lives today.  If Rehoboam would have simply listened to the wisdom of those around him, what a difference in the history of the nation of Israel might have occurred. Likewise, if we would simply listen to the wisdom of Christ and follow His lead to the cross, the blessings of eternity would be made available to us. Jesus showed us what it meant to be a servant. He gave Himself willingly – while we were still sinners according to Romans 5:8 – and showed to us the example we might all follow – that of humble service.

So let us move forward and follow the path of our “pioneer” (Hebrews 12:2) and trailblazer. Let us pursue after the One who has called us to carry our cross and willingly die for Him.  Let us go in the confidence of knowing that He who has begun this good work in us will carry it on to completion (Phil. 1:6). Let us imitate the wisdom of Christ and serve those among us as we strive to be the Walking Dead.

- Pete Ramsey