Cal’s class had to dress up as knights, kings, and queens for school this past week. A chance to pretend, to act out a character and personality which aren’t real.
How fun is it to carry a wooden sword and wear a helmet? To imagine fighting off the bad guys with your wits and your faithful steed? Adventure and excitement exist in the fantasy.
There’s gallantry in rescuing others, in putting someone else’s needs ahead of our own, a truth often lost in today’s world. It’s a lot easier to think only about ourselves and what we want rather than step in and help someone in need.
Gallantry has the added bonus of creating gratitude. When someone rescues you from harm, we’re honestly thankful–someone thought we were worth being rescued.
There’s a reason people love franchises like Harry Potter and all those characters in Tolkien’s world. The battle of good versus evil requires someone to be a savior, someone to risk their own life to step into a perilous situation to help those who can’t help themselves. Harry and Frodo are both unassuming heroes, not seeking the role of conqueror but filling it because there are those they care about who depend on them.
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Movies abound with the theme of good versus evil. One of my all-time favorites is the Star Wars franchise, where Luke Skywalker grew from a boy wanting to know his true identity to a Jedi knight who worked to overcome the evil of his father who’d gone to the dark side.
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We all have a dark side, where we choose to do the things that we know aren’t any good for us. Choosing to do what’s right is always going to be a challenge.
Jesus understands us and the difficulties of life we face. His whole purpose in coming to earth was to provide us the opportunity to become close to God, reunited with Him in a relationship that lasts forever.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10
We’re all lost from the place we were created to be, in close fellowship with God. Knowing Him, walking with Him, experiencing His strength in and through us. Jesus came to reestablish that relationship, to show us that we can, because of what He did on the cross, become all we were meant to be.
Cal loves being the good guy. Saving others from monsters.
Jesus is the ultimate Good Guy. Saving us from having to be perfect to be acceptable to God.
He offers so much more than a light saber.
He offers love.
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