The king is dead.
That’s a problem.
How do you fix a story when your main character dies? If I was writing a comic book, I’d just come up with some fantastic explanation of how the character never really died in the first place. Maybe he actually had special mutant powers that allowed him to regenerate his torn and battered flesh, eventually regaining consciousness, tossing aside the stone blocking his tomb with superhuman strength, and wreaking dreadful vengeance on his enemies.
Wolverine Jesus anyone? I’d read that.
But this isn’t a comic book.
The Messiah really died.
Just imagine the disappointment for those who had followed him, believing his promises, anticipating shalom. Where’s the Spirit? Where’s our forgiveness and healing? Where’s the new kingdom and the new creation? Where’s the peace and joy of the new community imaging God’s glory forever? We believed you! How could you leave us like this?
The king came offering shalom, and shoah killed him.
So, his followers scattered. What else could they do? How would you have reacted?
What do you do when God fails?
[You can read the rest of the posts in this series on the Gospel book page.]