This Mummy Is No Horror Story
“When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’” (John 11: 43-44, NIV)
A common theme in modern horror movies is the return of the “walking dead” or mummy. In these stories, when the mummy appears, people are terrified and run for their lives. The mummy is always a force of evil and destruction.
In sharp contrast, the mummy in this passage, Lazarus, beloved brother to Mary and Martha, friend of Jesus and the disciples, is embraced and welcomed back to life by family, friends and fellow believers. Following Jesus’ instructions to the crowd, they immediately removed the linen wraps from his body so that he could walk freely. We read on that many who witnessed this miracle believed in Jesus and were saved. In this original “Mummy” story, we see that resurrection life was granted not only to Lazarus but also to many of Mary and Martha’s friends and neighbors. They came to mourn a death and left celebrating eternal life. Imagine how upset Satan must have been that day as he watched Lazarus rise from the dead and could only watch as many were saved! What Jesus did for the glory of God was a reminder to Satan that God rules over all things -- even death -- and that good will always prevail over evil.
Reading this verse gives me a new perspective on Hollywood horror movies. Like everything Satan does, they are cheap and twisted imitations of the original “Mummy” story. I know Satan has an influence on Hollywood scripts since they give power to evil and create fear. Even though Jesus’ original story line seems to have been lost on the cutting room floor, I guess Satan doesn’t watch many Hollywood movies because in the end good always triumphs over evil. I must admit, I look forward to a Christian production of the story about the life of Lazarus. Now that is a real “Mummy” story worth seeing!
Lord, thank You for the miracle of resurrection life. Jesus, I give You praise, glory and honor every time a lost soul accepts You as Lord and Savior, leaves the world and joins You in eternal life. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.