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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hope and Spiderman

I saw The Amazing Spiderman 2 today and boy did I get my money's worth.  The movie spoke to me on so many levels!

 There were several poignant moments/thoughts [spoilers]:

  • The moment when the bullies are chasing the one science kid (Jorge) and pushing him around.  Spiderman, the guy who fights crime and stops terrorist events, comes to fight for the little guy!
  • The way that Spidey handled Electro's confrontation withe police in Time Square was excellent.  He tried to bring calmness and understanding and reconciliation to the situation.  But when that didn't work he fought alongside NY's finest to bring an end to the danger.
  •  I felt for Peter as he tried to understand his role in the lives of those around him.  His role with Gwen which was complicated by his concern for her safety and his promise to her father.  His role as Harry's friend and taking the hard road to say "This isn't good for you so I must say no."  
  • Aunt May's epiphany about moving on from the past and not letting it control you.
  • Most of all: the moment when Jorge stands out in danger in his Spiderman costume, facing the giant of the Rhino and Spiderman comes in and takes over the fight.  
Spiderman is a character that is all about hope.  This movie is also about hope.  Hope in danger.  Hope in fractured relationships.  Hope in the loss of a loved one.

Proverbs tells us that "hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life" (13:12).

We have hope in Christ and in his redemption.  Romans 5:1-7 tells us:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 

While I was watching the movie God said "You are like the little boy and I am like Spiderman.  When you step out to fight a battle I'll show up to fight it for you." I came to tears after seeing this movie.  Not a lot, but tears nonetheless. 

THERE IS HOPE!!!!

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