The new TV seasons are slowly cropping up to finally deliver on that promise they left us all with so many months ago… What will happen next!!!!????!??!
As I’ve been pondering some of the more clever (and cruel) cliffhangers we have been left dangling with… Who shot JR?, Ross saying ‘Rachel’ at his wedding, ‘not Penny’s boat’… I wonder how we would be affected if we binge-watched the life of Jesus.
He’s born… lots of gifts…teaches in the temple… makes some enemies… heals, prays, travels, yada yada yada… He dies.
“It is finished” he speaks out loud, as it actually is… finished.
Well, it can’t end there. There wouldn’t be another season. The cameras are still rolling. My wife will look at the clock and see there is still time remaining in the final episode of the series. That just wouldn’t make for good TV anyway. The cliffhanger is an art. You have to leave the viewer wanting more, but “wanting” is not accurate. The viewer must crave. The proper cliffhanger creates enough anger (yet not so much the viewer will quit the show) mixed with enough emotion and stirred in with the proper amount of enthusiasm, so that when the time comes to pick up the story… you can’t be found anywhere else but glued to the TV soaking in what happens next.
Killing off Jesus is a mixed bag. Some were devastated, some cheered. The line in the sand didn’t move, it was erased. Victory, defeat… depends where you stood, but it doesn’t matter because the story is over if its truly finished. So they put Jesus in a tomb. Still no plot twist. Oh, I hate it when they do this. They killed off the main character and then for 3 more episodes they go on some side plot that no one cared about. They know, each week, we are going to tune in to check on the main character only to find out, yet again, they decided to put a pin in it. Not just 3 shows, but it was during the super bowl, so you go like 5 weeks salivating at where the plot could possibly be going.
Then you happen to see the camera pan by that familiar tomb. They alluded to it for months, but we didn’t think much of it. Just another sad reminder of what they did to our hero. Wait, why is the big stone gone? Don’t they know that… hold on! The garments are neatly folded on the…. !!!! and then it happens.
… To be continued
That is not the end. That is a cliffhanger. The story isn’t over. Jesus’ part of it is mostly done. But now comes the payoff. The big reveal. The final moment where we take over in our own lives and decide what it all means to us. The credits won’t roll because we haven’t all decided yet. It’s not “finished” because WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE! Can you fathom that? The writers have collected their checks. The producer has left the set. The crew is packing up cameras and props while loose script pages are being swept away. Yet… the show isn’t over folks. One thing still remains. Our part is yet to be decided.
The stone was rolled away… queue the person reading blogs on the internet, its time for them to make a decision. Can you step up under the heat of the stage lights and respond to the story laid before you?
The stone was rolled away. The burial garments folded and left behind. The tomb is empty…. “ACTION!!!”
Let me ask one final question. When Jesus does return, where will you be? Will you still be trying to learn your lines? Or, will you be glued to the Bible, waiting on the return, so you can finally be a part of what happens next?