He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. Mark 16:6
You must have seen this kind of scene from some movies. Yes, it’s a typical action movie plot. The protagonist and the main villain duel up. They are the only ones standing by now. They trade those gun shots. And as they fire at each other, the villain gets into his car and our main man follows him with his own vehicle. A wild car chase happens, through the streets, hitting public and private properties including telephone booths and vendors’ stands. Then the villain’s car crashes but he is still alive. After a while they run out of ammunition, they tussle physically. We see series of punches and blows. The villain gets the upper hand, and our hero’s last resort is to jump over the villain. And as he jumps over him, the two men fall into a vacant lot but this lot is covered by the wall. And the camera is stuck at the wall and we stare at that wall as we await who will emerge. And as predicted the victorious comes out – the protagonist hero.
I guess this is the case from Good Friday up to Easter Sunday. Jesus gets the lowly level during the first scenes. The enemy thought he is on the upper hand. Jesus is crowned with thorns. The enemy, not yet satisfied, puts a cross on Jesus’ shoulders while He walks. The finals blows were sounds of hammer and nails keeping Jesus on the cross. Round one result, Jesus defeated sin on the cross. The enemy thought Jesus did not survive. The camera is now stuck at the tomb. We thought the tomb is filled. We stare at the tomb and await what will happen next. And as the three women came and entered, they were told, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him.” See that? Dying on the cross, He defeated sin. Rising from the tomb, He defeated death. It’s a familiar plot. The enemy is no match against Him. Our Hero emerges from the tomb. And as it is written the victorious comes out – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.