Zombies at Easter – I Don’t Think So

The word EASTER with speech bubbles asking Who? What? Why? How?

By: Kim Wilkinson

Would you ever think of zombies and superheroes when describing the Easter story to a child?

It is an unusual story. A man nailed to a cross and left to die, stabbed in his side to check he is dead. A curtain ripping in two. And then this same man coming back to life, with the injuries still visible, but able to eat, drink, walk, talk….and vanish only to reappear a distance away.

When you think about it, you could understand why a modern day child might consider Jesus to be either a zombie or a superhero or both.

Bible Society Australia engaged renowned children’s author Susannah McFarlane to write an accompanying book to the Who, What, Why, How of Christmas, published for the first time last year. The same children who featured in that book are back this Easter. Once again the cynic Josh struggles with the story.

When Josh learns that Jesus died and came back to life, he immediately suggests that Jesus was a zombie. The narrator is quick to point out two distinct differences:

No, zombies are still dead. Jesus was dead but then was alive again. And, actually, zombies are made-up things, but Jesus is real.

Grace, Abby and Tom also ask questions and seek to understand why Jesus died on the cross, what it means to experience forgiveness and the love that Jesus offers the world. At the end of the story Josh is starting to come around to the power of the story.

We all know Josh’s in our lives. They might be ten or they might be fifty.

An illustrated image of Jesus surrounded by flora and fauna
The Risen Jesus (an image from the Easter book)

We can no longer assume that children understand the Easter story. Here in Australia Easter represents an extended holiday and chocolate eggs brought by an Easter bunny. The religious significance is increasingly lost as less people attend Church.

These books present the Gospel message through the profound questions that children bring and the Narrator’s ability to answer at a level that is age appropriate, without stripping the reconciling gift of God’s grace of its life-giving significance.

Bible Society Australia is giving up to three copies of Who What Why How of Easter away. A copy for you, and two others to give away to families who might not know Jesus or His gift of grace.

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There is much to model in this story. The narrator treats each child with respect. No one is ridiculed or dismissed. They are heard.

About the author: Kim Wilkinson is a media and communications professional who specialises in building community and valuable relationships.

Want to Feel Happier and Care for the Earth? Do This for Just 20 Seconds a Day

field of red flowers up close

By: Sheridan Voysey

Last year an Australian friend came to visit me. When Jason arrived I wasted no time showing him the best of Oxfordshire, taking him to Blenheim Palace, the Bodleian Library, Oxford’s old quarter, and cosy villages with thatched-roof cottages to prove such things really did exist outside of Midsomer Murders reruns. Visits to London, York and Holy Island followed, then some hiking around Northumberland. Continue reading “Want to Feel Happier and Care for the Earth? Do This for Just 20 Seconds a Day”