Dead man walking, we got a dead man walking here…
For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.
I Corinthians 1:18
Today people all over the world will go about their day.
From all appearences they are physically alive, intellectually alive, but for many the most important part of their being, the part that exists for eternity is dead.
They are dead men/women walking.
I first heard the term “dead man walking” in Stephen Kings book The Green Mile.
The main character as he walked to the execution room, was alive, breathing, physically functioning. As he passed someone called out “Dead man walking, we got a dead man walking here.”
Judgement had been passed, the sentence imposed, there was no hope for aquittal. His destination was sure and final.
He was a dead man walking.
Today as I read 1 Corinthians 1:18 I was reminded of that scene.
The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. Their death sentence as sure as the character in the Green Mile.
But there are two major differences.
One- there is a an uncertainty about the guilt of John Coffey the condemned man. Maybe he was innocent, sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. With no hope of pardon.
Two- All of us sheep who have gone astray, sinners, falling far short of the life God desires for us are guilty. We who deserve death, have a chance for redemption.
Redemption through Jesus the innocent One who did no wrong, who suffered a horrible death, and paid the penalty for those who fully deserve death. That we might be redeemed, set free, live.
The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are under a death sentence, who are perishing, even though they are presently alive.
But for those who are being saved, and believe, it is the power of God that brings life to all of us who were dead men walking.
The message of the Cross is the only thing that stands between us and eternal life, and eternal death.
Which will you choose?