Typically, the main characters in movies are, at first, weakened by the opponent; they are beaten up, tied up, stabbed, chastised; they go through all sorts of suffering. In spite of the troubles, they are at last overcomers. For the watcher, it is disheartening to see their suffering, particularly if it is a new movie. So, they are all excited about the end result: whether the weak character is killed or he plucks up his courage to fight until he overcomes the foe. Despite our different likes, everybody is familiar with this inherent scenario of the movies as we all go to the movies.
Looking at the Bible, it is built up as an authentic storybook about the origin and destiny of our lives. If you read the Bible up till the book of Matthew, you clearly saw the Savior Jesus Christ condemned on the cross to die for us sinners (see John 3:16). On the surface, seeing Him crucified is the end of the story: His disciples are disheartened and devastated; they started great, but, later, cursed with a terrible end. As a matter of fact, some of His disciples, when filled with sorrow, broke down. They had put all their trust in Jesus and given up their lives to join Him. Then, His death reduced them to hopelessness.
But was Jesus really defeated? What happened next then? Despite the apparent defeat, He rose on the third day, that Sunday morning. Death is not the end! It could not keep Him in the grave; He did come back to life. Most ironically, He defeated Satan on the Cross, making certain his eternal death as He stepped out of the grave.
Looking back again, it seemed as though Jesus had lost the battle. On the contrary, He defeated the enemy with His resurrection. This brought hope to the hearts of the lost, the disciples. They knew, through his example, that death has no last word: the devil can kill you today; Jesus willingly can raise you from the dead tomorrow. So, their lives were secured in the hands of Jesus. And so is your life if you choose to put it in His hands. Are you willing today? Jesus is willing. Surrender your life to Him today!
Yes, death is not the end: those who died in Christ—though they are not in heaven yet—will someday be raised back to life as Jesus rose; those still alive in Christ will either be taken to heaven alive or be resurrected too, at Christ’s return, in case they die.
No matter what, Jesus wins and Satan loses!