Warm Bodies Need Love

Posted: February 1, 2013 by jperritt in Comedy, Horror
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warm_bodies_ver2Yesterday we took a look at the theme of community and human connection in the film Warm Bodies. The film seems to communicate that many of us are really nothing more than zombies walking through life without connecting.

Today we will explore another theme of Warm Bodies, love.

As I mentioned from the premise, R falls in love with a girl named Julie after he saves her from death. R is a zombie and Julie is zombie food, so this poses a problem. How can two very different people come together? Is this not always the problem in love stories?

The high school quarterback falls in love with the nerdy girl or the cheerleader falls in love with the chess team champion. In the end, the nerd usually takes off their glasses and all of a sudden they belong on the cover of a magazine. But, there is typically a dilemma to love.

Two people want to come together, but something is stopping them. Whether it’s an unfair parent, school teacher, preacher, or a zombie apocalypse, love is being held at bay.

This may seem to be so cliched, but that’s only because every love story copies the one true love story of Jesus Christ. You see, God created a people he loved and cared for. He gave them everything they needed. Provided beautiful scenery and food. Gave them endless freedoms. Yet, they rebelled against him. Having a loving God wasn’t enough for mankind, they wanted to be their own god.

After that rebellion, God still loved his creation, but there was a dilemma. Sin was separating them. A holy God could not love his sinful people without punishing the sin. Therefore, God chose to love his creation by taking on flesh and coming to earth. The dilemma was sin, the answer was Jesus Christ. Jesus came to the earth, took the wrath of our sin, and gave us his righteousness. Now the Father’s love could be placed on his children. Listen to Ephesians 2:1-5:

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ

Warm Bodies is affirming this love story. Before God revealed his love to us, we were merely dead (like zombies) walking around. Just like Julie’s love transforms R from a lifeless body into a warm body, the love of Christ does the same for us. Maybe this is why zombie movies have always been, and are continuing to be, so popular. We identify with these dead bodies because this is exactly what we were. And this is what we would have remained had Christ not become a dead body for us. He took the curse of sin, entered the grave, but then conquered it.

While we all currently have warm bodies, our bodies are growing cold and lifeless. The sobering truth is, we will die. Our warm bodies will one day grow cold, unless Christ comes before that. However, since
Christ has already come and defeated death, those who have faith in him will not just have a warm body, but a glorified one.

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