It is crimes like these that let me know just how corrupt and sinful man can be. And makes me grateful that we do not mourn as the world mourns, knowing no hope after death.
The second man became a fugitive, escaping capture for several years before the law enforcement authorities caught up with him. This was a man who felt no remorse for the lives he had taken.
Often when I watch shows like this, my heart goes out to not only the victims, but to their families... especially when the body is not recovered. There are heartbreaking instances when not only is someone missing, but their abductor and murderer is never found and brought to justice, It is in cases such as those when people feel the murderer "got away with it."
But not so!
Jesus himself told us to "Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known." (Matt. 10:26)
We should always remember that God's time is not our time, and we should take comfort in this promise. There is nothing on this earth that is hidden from Him. There is no crime that is forever out of the reach of justice.
In Rev. 20 the Bible speaks of a time called the Great White Throne Judgment, when the dead, small and great, stand before God for judgment of their works. Verse 13 tells us specifically that the sea gave up the dead which were in it. There is no eternally "lost at sea." God knows where our DNA is at all times and His is the power to call us forth no matter how thoroughly our bodies, this earthly vessel, is destroyed.
I know there are some Christians who do not believe in a physical resurrection. Perhaps they believe that the dead will exist eternally only in a spiritual form. And there are some who believe that we will receive a new body that has no connection at all to this physical one that has "gone to dust."
My joy is in a physical resurrection. As Jesus' body was physically resurrected, making him the firstborn from the dead, (and "first" implies others to follow) so also will ours be.
Isaiah 26:19-21 spells it out plainly:
"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise.
Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust:
for thy dew is as the dew of herbs,
and the earth shall cast out the dead.
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little moment,
until the indignation be overpast.
For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:
the earth shall also disclose her blood,
and shall no more cover her slain."
This speaks of the resurrection of both the just and the unjust,
which Paul spoke of in Acts 24:15.
God is indeed a just god.
And in His judgments He will deliver us all.