He’d told them the end of the story. They could have known that death was temporary, that Christ couldn’t stay dead. That he would be back.
He’d told them three days. They had talked about this.
But they didn’t know. Somehow the message hadn’t penetrated. Death is final and finished. There is no second chance.
But this was not an ordinary man. This man who could raise others to life would also rise by his own power.
He cannot stay in the grave.
Resurrection is not a surprise.
He must rise again.
The ending if your story is written as well. He’s told us the ending. Although once more it is an ending that we cannot understand.
Death is never permanent. Life will always triumph.