Text: John 20:1-18
Several years ago, Hollywood discovered that Americans are wild about forensic science. Apparently there is no detail about blood, hair, and other human remains that we don’t find fascinating. Therefore, in the great entertainment tradition, television executives decided if one show about crime scene investigation is good, six would be even better.
What is it about these programs that makes them popular? Perhaps it is the mystery that must be solved using only the clues from the crime scene. Or, it could be the challenge of figuring out which theories of the crime one should pursue and which ones to leave alone. It’s all a bit of an intellectual game, kind of like a crossword puzzle. Only, instead of word clues, you get dead bodies with curious features present or missing. And the stars of the shows are the brilliant forensic scientists who analyze the gruesome details without getting too emotionally involved in their work. After all, a certain level of detachment is necessary if one is to solve the crime.
If you take the resurrection accounts in the four Gospels at face value, you quickly realize you are dealing with a crime scene. The body of Jesus is missing and lots of people are trying to figure out what happened to it. But as you may know from watching CSI and other shows like it, one must be very careful with eyewitness accounts. Though one would think that an eyewitness would be the most valuable asset in solving a mystery, this is often not the case. Eyewitnesses tend to remember things differently, and the four Gospels are a perfect illustration of this truth.