If used properly, the plot twist can be an amazing storytelling device. The Filmmakers Dictionary defines a plot twist as a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot.
Some of the most famous plot twists in history can even be summed up in a single line of dialogue.
“No, I am your father.”
“I see dead people.”
“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
If you’ve seen those movies, I don’t even have to identify their titles or the name of the character speaking. You know. You remember. They impacted you that much. These twists were so impactful that they became cultural phenomenons, creating whole new analogies and ways of speaking about life. If you haven’t, google those lines and binge them at the next big snow. You’ll thank me later, and next time they’re mentioned, you won’t have to awkwardly act like you understand the reference… when you don’t.
Other famous movies with incredible twists include Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Enders Game, A Beautiful Mind, Psycho, and The Planet of the Apes. We love a good twist.
Jesus is constantly subverting expectations and introducing radical changes to what his culture thought Messiah was “Supposed to be.” Over and over again the religious leaders questioned, challenged, and eventually killed him because he was the plot twist they weren’t expecting.
In Mark 2:1-17 we see Jesus facing the first of many challenges to his ministry. He surprises the religious leaders and all onlookers with a very underwhelming miracle. Underwhelming, until the twist…
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