The quest becomes, “the most important manhunt in history.”
How or if it is Biblically based is to be determined. Joseph Fiennes plays the part of a Roman military tribune, a non -believer, searching for the body of the risen Christ.
How many others searched for His body? The answer is, some still are.
As I pondered the scene when the Roman officials are given the news, “He isn’t there,” my heart skipped a beat at the awesomeness of God. Of course He wasn’t there. He told many He would rise on the 3rd day and that is what He did.
I have played it over and over in my mind as one of those guarding the tomb who couldn’t believe what happened. The massive stone is rolled away. The tomb is empty except for His blood stained linen. He is gone. Left. Moved on and from all accounts fallen off the face of the earth. Or so they hoped.
I marvel at God’s wisdom and our lack of it. Or maybe it is simply unbelief.
They already knew of His power and mighty miracles.
They witnessed His brilliance and crowd drawing qualities.
They observed his charismatic countenance.
What they failed at miserably was His all-encompassing love, mercy and grace. Instead of looking at His heart of gold when He healed the blind man, or His unlimited forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery or His mercy for the poor, their limited visual was He was a threat to their personal greed and selfish lifestyles.
How dare anyone, much less a man who comes out of nowhere claiming to be the “Messiah” get in the way of Roman power or Jewish Pharisaical religion?
How dare He abuse them in public by showing up and showing off?
How dare this man do the unthinkable by somehow disappearing from a stone guarded tomb in the middle of the night after an obvious crucifixion that rocked the world?
Because God didn’t and doesn’t miss a beat.
God’s plans always succeed and no Roman Empire will stop Him.
God is God and we are not.
Sadly, as I previously wrote many today are still looking for His body.
You’d think with all the evidence we’d have wised up by now.