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Unforgiven: An Easterless World

In 1992, Unforgiven won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Clint Eastwood, directed the film and played the role of William (Bill) Munny, a notorious gun slinger who has abandoned his notorious bounty – hunter lifestyle for a tamer life as a hog farmer. Years later while down on his luck and needing money, Munny is approached by “The Schofield Kid” with $500 reward for killing a couple of outlaws—who deserve it. Munny is hesitant, but accepts the job nonetheless. After tracking down his former partner, Ned Logan, they ride into town hunting the cowboys who had brutalized a woman.

At one point in the movie, Munny ponders over the thought of killing someone again. He said when you kill a man, you “take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.&#148  The Schofield Kid muttered, “Yeah, well, I guess he had it comin’.” To that, Munny replied, “We all got it comin’, kid.”

On to the point, if there had been no Easter, then Bill Munny is right on target: “We all got it comin’.” We might as well live the life of a bounty hunter or even the merciless outlaws they were chasing. If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, our story would have no chance of being any different than the film Unforgiven. There would be no good news, no eternal hope, no new identity in Christ, and there would certainly not be any notion of Christ living His life through you, because He’d still be dead.

The apostle Paul had this same thought in mind in 1 Corinthians 15. He says that if Christ has not been raised [from the dead], if His story ended at the cross, then…

  • Our preaching is vain (v. 14) – There would be no hope to proclaim, no message worth telling.
  • Our faith is vain (v.14) – There would be no reason to believe in anything outside the natural realm of what we can see, feel, touch, smell, or hear. 
  • We are false-witnesses (v. 15) – Everything we say to you about your life in Christ and Christ in you would be nothing more than a bald faced lie.
  • We are still in our sins (v. 17) – Forgiveness would be something you dream about but can  never experience. Your sin debt would be yours and yours alone to pay.
  • We have no eternal life (v. 18) – Your loved ones who trusted Christ would not be heaven like you thought they would.  You would never see them again.
  • Our life is to be pitied (v. 19) – The life you live as a Christian, pleasing God by your faith in Him, would have absolutely no value whatsoever. It would be a waste.

You didn’t subscribe to eGrace to get that sort of news, did you? Thankfully Jesus’ story does not end when He gives up His spirit on the cross. He was raised from the dead three days later proving that God tells the truth, that our salvation is as secure as God, Himself. This week as you reminisce about  the passion week of Jesus, His life, His sacrificial death, and His glorious resurrection, take time to ponder what might have been had God not been trustworthy and ask Christ (who is alive and well) how this turn of events might have impacted you.

For evidence concerning the facts of Jesus’ resurrection, click on this article by Josh McDowell entitled “Evidence for the Resurrection&#148.

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.