Can Easter be called “Zombie Jesus Day”?

A couple of days ago, I overheard some people calling Easter “Zombie Jesus Day“. I’m surprised that this is my first time hearing it because it has apparently been around since 1999, gaining popularity after the mid-2000s. Easter is the celebration of when Jesus died and was resurrected, “just like a zombie“. Except it was nothing like a zombie.

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The header on ZombieJesusDay.org

The Easter Story

Adam’s sin in the very beginning had brought sin into the world.[1] The penalty of sin is death[2], and because God is just, something has to die because of that sin. In the Old Testament times, because God is merciful,[3] instead of striking people dead right when they sin as they would have otherwise deserved, God had commanded animal sacrifices through sin offerings to act as a covering for sin.[4] The first sacrifice illustrates that:after Adam and Eve’s sin, they became aware of their nakedness and were ashamed.[5] God made them clothes of skin to cover their nakedness, which would have required a sacrifice, and this act represents the covering of their sins.

People in the Old Testament times had to keep sacrificing animals because the sacrifice only covered their sin; it didn’t cleanse them of it. These sacrifices were intended to show us that we need someone to save us from our sins, and it was foreshadowing what was to come. God loves us so much that He sent His Son,[6] Jesus, to walk among us as a sinless[7] man[8] to serve as the ultimate sacrifice.

Jesus was crucified[9], and His blood is enough to not only cover us, but to cleanse us of our sins.[10]

It didn’t stop there, though. Jesus promised us eternal life[11], and to show that He was the master of life and could really give it, He was resurrected.[12] He was resurrected, appeared to His disciples, walked with them, and even ate with them.[13]

Zombies

There are two notable versions of zombies: the original Haitian folklore zombie, and the modern pop culture zombie. In both versions, zombies are reanimated dead bodies. The reanimation is done through black voodoo magic or other supernatural forces (Haitian zombies), or through some science fictional method like exposure to radiation (modern zombies). Zombies are said to have limited physical function and intelligence as a consequence of being undead. Modern zombies are said to feel no pain and have no need of organs, with one exception: they have a fixation on eating your brain as they need brains to stay “alive”.

Was Jesus a Zombie?

No. not at all. The only similarity between the two is a resurrection by supernatural means, but even that is quite different: zombies can only be resurrected by someone else; Jesus resurrected Himself. Furthermore, Jesus’ resurrected body was not degraded like a zombie’s, but actually enhanced. For example, He was able to enter closed rooms, first His sealed tomb, and later a room with a locked door.[14] More importantly, zombies are centered around death; Jesus is centered around life.

Can Easter be called “Zombie Jesus Day”?

Given that Jesus did not become a zombie, it follows that Resurrection Sunday cannot be called “Zombie Jesus Day”. Not only is calling Easter “Zombie Jesus Day” incorrect, it’s basically name-calling: it belittles and mocks the act through which you and I can be saved.

So this Easter, let’s not celebrate it as Zombie Jesus Day. Let’s celebrate it for what it really is: the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.


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7 comments
      • Never too late for saying a greeting. :) Everyday is Easter for me; for He is risen!

      • And an “Amen” to that!

    • This is part of the reason why I prefer to refer to the Sunday as “Resurrection Sunday”. If I recall correctly, Christmas and Easter were intentionally placed around the solstice and equinox respectively to make it easier for the pagans to accept. Call it what you will, but I see nothing wrong in celebrating the resurrection, and one can do that without observing the pagan-influenced practices.
      Note that when I say “call it what you will”, I do not undermine my argument that “Zombie Jesus Day” is an inappropriate name for the holiday. You might even extend it and say that “Easter” is an inappropriate name for it.

  1. It’s not that I don’t see your point, your motives might even be good and honorable, but understand that the things done on easter, supposedly to honor Jesus, have been done already for a very long time to honor Baal or Satan. Regardless of how you label it, It’s an insult to him.

    We should carefully see, what did Jesus himself ask us to do? Jesus commanded his disciples to commemorate the Lord’s Evening Meal (Luke 22:19). Also if the focus is on eating, drinking or material gains, is it then really a honor to Jesus? The vast majority of Christians don’t really understand why Jesus sacrifice was necessary, they will simply say “forgiveness of sins”. Most also think Jesus is God and God killed himself to forgive our sins and that rightfully so makes God seem a tad ludicrous and weird. Why not spend time teaching the real story instead of eating and hunting eggs?

    It is not that the Bible fails to give guidelines as to what should or should not be celebrated. God was very specific in this to the ancient nation of Israel, and as we noted above, explicit instructions were given for Christians to continue observing the Memorial of Christ’s death. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Colossians 2:16, 17) An early edition of The Encyclopædia Britannica tells us: “There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians. . . . Neither the Lord nor his apostles enjoined the keeping of this or any other festival.”

    Sure..Some feel that the joyousness of such festivals and the happiness they bring are sufficient justification for their observance. We can learn, however, from the occasion when the Israelites adopted an Egyptian religious practice and renamed it “a festival to Jehovah.” They too “sat down to eat and drink” and “got up to have a good time.” But their actions greatly angered Jehovah God, and he severely punished them.—Exodus 32:1-10, 25-28, 35.

    God’s Word is very clear. There can be no sharing between the “light” of true beliefs and the “darkness” of Satan’s world; there can be no “harmony” between Christ and pagan worship. We are told: “‘Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’; ‘and I will take you in.’”—2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

    As only the Memorial celebration—not Easter—is commanded in the Bible for Christians, it should be observed. People should be very careful what they do “..to keep their tradition.” (Mark 7:9)

    That said, people can choose, as is their right, precisely what they want. (Deuteronomy 30:15, Galatians 6:7, 8)

    May I recommend a short read to you about a certain Constantine that influenced mainstream christianity in a questionable direction.

    https://lastminutetalent.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/constantine-portraits-from-the-past/

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