Moviegoers buy tickets to see Hollywood’s finest actors come heroically to the rescue to save helpless people.
tickets to see Hollywood’s
finest actors come heroically to the rescue to save helpless people.
Patrons of the
theater flock to witness well-trained thespians portray roles in which love
triumphs over heartache and good vanquishes evil.
Bookstores aggressively promote the latest
romance novels which allow the readers to experience vicariously a person’s
committed love for his or her soul-mate. People enjoy love stories.
around the world celebrate Easter, we commemorate not just a religious event,
but instead the greatest love story ever told.
contemporary culture, Easter is a holiday and an overblown commercial event,
but, lest we forget, at its very core Easter is a love story.
ourselves of central truths of this love story, let’s begin with the
In this drama,
the leading Man is a Jewish carpenter, with no acting experience. He is born to
a teenage Jewish girl in a borrowed barn. Not exactly Broadway, is it?
Hero, born in a small town to a rather insignificant family, became the world’s
greatest and most influential star because of His loyalty, perseverance and
genuine love for people.
figure in our love story is the carpenter’s Father, one who lives far away and
gives His Son a tremendously difficult assignment. This assignment can be
accomplished by no other person and is designed to provide divine forgiveness
and spiritual freedom.
The Father loves
the Son so much that it saddens Him to know that the only remedy for the danger
faced by the masses in this drama is the sacrificial death of His beloved Son.
The antagonist in
our story is a character who wanted to be like the Father and the Son. His
pride, a quality observed in the bad guys of many storylines, caused him to
rebel against the Father.
His hatred is
demonstrated most clearly when the bad guy tries to murder the leading Man and
discourage His followers from believing in the Son and His amazing promises of
love and devotion.
supporting actors in our story are the helpless citizens of a doomed world who
need the Hero to save them from destruction.
actors, living in countries spanning the globe, play the unlikely dual roles of
being both observers of the love story as well as participants in the action.
Now that we
understand the characters, let’s quickly review the plot.
Befitting a great
love story, the benevolent Father sends the dependable Son to defeat the evil
enemy in order to save the desperately needy people that populate the planet.
antagonist’s plot fails and he is finally defeated, the leading Actor then asks
the rescued followers to commit the rest of their lives to trusting in Him.
Those who answer this call and devote their hearts to following the Son become
adopted members of the Father’s family.
What makes this
story unique? What separates this love story from so many others? First, it is
tale was not hatched in the brain of Hollywood’s
leading screenwriter or developed at the typewriter of America’s
finest novelist. No, this love story called Easter is a true historical event.
Second, no one
else is eligible to play the three main parts.
No other being in
this universe is qualified to play the role of the loving, forgiving Father. No
other actor is as evil as the antagonist. Only someone who is perfectly sinless
and completely holy is allowed to apply for the role of the Son. Only one
person has qualified.
Third, unlike so
many movies that allow the hero to escape unscathed, the antagonist in this
epic tale, a ruthless creature known as Satan, does indeed kill the carpenter,
the Father’s only Son.
After the death
of the carpenter, Satan was convinced he now reigned victorious and would
become the universe’s leading man.
At Golgotha, otherwise known at the place of the skull, the
heroic leading Man apparently met His unseemly demise on the day known by
historians as Good Friday.
However, in an
amazing plot twist, the Hero emerges triumphant when He miraculously is
resurrected by the Father on that first Easter Sunday morning.
the movies at the cinema, we who sit in the seats can all play a part in this
drama. All of us can appear in this exciting tale of rescue, if only we will
follow the Hero and allow Him to save us.
important feature of the most important love story is that the Father, the
sovereign God of the universe, is continually holding casting calls to welcome
new actors into this play. To transition from observer to participant, one must
only give his or her entire life in devotion to the Son, a Galilean named Jesus
Christ, through faith, trusting in the Hero to save them from the certain
attacks of the evil one.
Easter Sunday is
the climactic ending to a spellbinding
earthly performance and the prelude to an eternal drama. Only when the
curtain is raised on the final scene of this production (in front of an empty
tomb) do we realize that, like in all good love stories, the Hero triumphs in
This Easter, I
believe the Father is calling you and me to move from movie critic to committed
actor, trading a life of distant observance of the Son for dedicated obedience
to the Son.
May I invite you
to join me in this beautiful narrative, the love story that indeed qualifies as
the greatest story ever told?