Do you like superhero movies? The typical American is a big fan. We have the Marvel and DC universes, animated superheroes, those that use jedi mind tricks and wield light-sabers, and many, many other varieties to choose from. Many of these movies have set box-office records. This year, Avengers: Endgame has smashed through all box office records and is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time. The proliferation of superhero movies that come out every year, and the success of these movies, are proof that there is something to the superhero formula. You know the formula, right? You could simplify it like this:
(1) The story opens with a normal person- average- just like you and me. Someone that we can relate to because they are one of us.
(2) Then they encounter a struggle- something they cannot overcome on their own strength. We identify with them here because so often we feel powerless against our own troubles.
(3) Then our hero discovers some hidden power they didn’t know about before. This discovery transforms them into and gives them hope to overcome in their struggle.
(4) Using their newfound discovery, and a friend or two, they rally to triumph over evil. Good wins out in the end.
What makes superhero movies so likeable is the turn-around. We all face so many struggles of different kinds- and these struggles can be completely overwhelming. It can feel at times as though the light is getting sucked out of the world and the darkness is overpowering. You know the feeling, right? The tightness in the chest, the turning stomach, the headaches, sleepless nights.
The thought that with a swipe of some magic wand, that the tide of battle would completely reverse- well, that is a narrative we can get behind. However, at the end of the movie, we are invariably dragged back down into the reality of life. This is fiction. There are no superpowers hiding out in our lives, just waiting to be found. At best, when we look inside, we see all the struggle and none of the strength seen on screen.
However, if we look at a different source, we find a power so thrilling that it dwarfs any superpower ever displayed in any movie. There is a truth so transformative that if we can only grasp it- it will give us strength we’ve never had and alter our eternal destiny. This truth is found in Luke 4:14-30, which we’re going to take a close look at this weekend.
Join me this Sunday, 10am at Christ Community Church as we study the truth that changes everything.
God bless you, have a great weekend, and I hope to see you soon!
-Pastor Nathan Rice