Becoming like Jesus is exactly the opposite of becoming like a zombie!
At Halloween, it’s fun to dress up as something scary—something that causes fun fear!
In recent years, zombies are very popular.
On Halloween, to become a zombie, you must be dead—even though you are still walking around. You love to eat brains. And anyone you bite dies.
In real life, becoming like Jesus is exactly the opposite of becoming like a zombie.
As a follower of the Way of Jesus, you pass from death to life—both in this life and in the life to come. (John 5:24; 1 John 3:15).
Because the wages of sin is death—even though you are still walking around. (Romans 6:23).
But Jesus is our Good Shepherd who gives us a life that we can enjoy to the full—both in this life and in the life to come. (John 10:10; Matthew 22:23-32; Romans 6:23).
Following Jesus transforms and renews our minds. We become able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Romans 12:2).
In short, any person who is “bitten” and “smitten” by the love of Jesus, passes from death to life so they can enjoy life to the full—both in this life and in the life to come!
A life full of fun—but without fear.
Because there is no fear in love.
The perfect love of the Way of Jesus drives out all fear! (1 John 4:18).
For related thoughts, please read my blog “Jesus Embodies Hesed—Saving Lost Sheep, Lost Coins, and Lost Sons” and the related blogs about hesed listed in the READ MORE section of that blog.