Note: This post contains spoilers for the movie / story, “Murder on the Orient Express,” so just be forewarned!
Yesterday, I went to the theater and watched a remake of the Agatha Christie classic, “Murder on the Orient Express.” It has an interesting plot and definitely is different from other typical mysteries in that multiple people contribute to the killing of the person on the train. In fact, pretty much everyone riding on the train has a good motive for committing the crime.
Anyway, I found it fascinating that this particular story was chosen for a remake in that the story has strong symbolic parallels to our story as humans. For example, the mystery climaxes with the revelation that most of the people on the train contributed together to the murder. In real life, as sinners in a fallen world, we all have sinned (Romans 3:23) and our sin was what put Jesus on the cross. We essentially were all contributors to the murder…just like in “Orient Express.”
To take the story even further, Hercule Poirot, who solved the crime, is tasked with whether or not to give the murderers over to the authorities so that they would be punished for their misdeeds. He debates over this and, at one point, states that the murderers should shoot him to keep him silent. Instead, one of the women takes the blame for herself and tries to kill herself unsuccessfully. Ultimately, Poirot chooses to give everyone grace and let them go. This storyline reminded me of how a perfect God sees our crimes against Him. We try to carry the weight of sin for ourselves but are unsuccessful. But God sent Jesus to die for our sins and to give us freedom if we choose to accept His gift of grace. It would be unthinkable not to accept. Freedom from death is truly wonderful!