As far as movies go there are few that will get me into a theater like a Marvel movie will. The big action in your face jump off the screen superhero movies are one of my favorites. Apparently they are the favorite of a lot of people because the Marvel franchise has made 18.5 billion dollars so far. Billion!!!! These super hero movies have all but taken up the space in theaters and squashed other kinds of movies like rom-coms. I mean heck, the DC franchise has made 5 billion so far and they just came out with an actual decent movie this month! (Shazaam, go see it, hilarious, not for scaredy kids, bad guys are scary, good work DC!)
As humans, where we spend our money is a good sign of where our hearts are. Like, if you were to look at my monthly spending you would know things about what I value. So like when you see that I spent 1/4 of my budget on Amazon you would know, “Wow Sarah is a sucker for Amazon deals that show up on her doorstep two days later.” Or you see 370 charges to my debit card for Chick Fil A and know we have a Chick Fil A problem. To get humans to part with their money is a hard thing to do, just ask any marketing company. The person’s heart has to be convinced that they need that thing, or service in order to spend money on it. (Good work Amazon)
So what about these superhero movies is making us part with our money to the tune of billions? It has to be Robert Downey Jr. right? Or Scarlet Johanssen? Maybe it is the CGI? The sound track in Gardians of the Galaxy is definitely on point and must draw people in. Is it the $400 movie popcorn? I know, it is the post credit scenes! They are hilarious! Maybe you are a person of color and for the first time ever you see a super hero that looks like you? That is definitely motivating. But no, billions of dollar spent harkens to something deeper. I think it is something written on all of our hearts. We want to see the super hero save the day, and we will part with our money to see that happen.
This life beats the crap out of us. We all have a Thanos or Loki to deal with. We all have a Pepper Pots or hidden family we want to protect. We all have a Aunt May trying to push us in the right or wrong direction. We all know that the evil darkness wants to win out. The evil that exists on earth sends us reeling to find answers. We long to have a super power to make things better. The battle between light and dark happens all around us. Over come by our ineptitude we long for a hero. But he can’t just be a normal hero because too many of those have come and gone. He has to be a super hero. He has to have a super power. There is something this earth needs to make it right that is outside of what is possible in the scientific realm. This super hero has to super naturally defy everything we can prove.
Guys, Jesus is that hero. He is the savior of the world. The way He saves us turns everything we know to be true on its head. A life with Him includes miracles that you did not plan for or think are possible. He is more powerful than the evil that exists and He actually defeated darkness! Know why He is so powerful? Because in the same way that Tony Stark is the public persona for Iron Man, Jesus is the public persona for GOD!
Check out this Psalm I read this week. I am going to set in bold all the super hero qualities in it:
A prayer of David.
1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
4 Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.
8 No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
None can do what you do!
9 All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.
11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.
14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
a violent gang is trying to kill me.
You mean nothing to them.
15 But you, O Lord,
are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant;
save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.*
Do you see it? All the things we long for in these movies is right here in this Psalm! Protect, save, be merciful, hear my call, strength, no one like you, and rescued from the depths. This is the guy we are looking for! The greatest news of all time is that unlike the hero’s in the Marvel movies, this guy is actually real. Your Savior wants to save you, be known by you and loves you more than you could possibly imagine. He has the power be your super hero no matter what He has to pull you out of. He is the very creator of the world!!
Easter Weekend is not about bunny’s that poop out chocolate, dumb easter dresses or deviled eggs. The greatest super hero story of all time was written this weekend thousands of years ago. It is so powerful that the same story of salvation is being retold in all these super hero movies. That 18.5 Billion dollars spent going to see Marvel movies tells me we know deep down we can’t save ourselves. We need someone to save us who is actually capable of saving humanity. JESUS IS IT! Jesus sacrificed Himself to save you from yourself. He holds your future in His hand. He is powerful enough to give you strength. Jesus defeated death and evil. He is such a great Savior that all He asks from you is that you believe in Him. Do you want to be saved? Grab Jesus’ hand and hold on tight!
*Tyndale House Publishers. Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013. Print.