March Movie Madness continues with Monsters vs Aliens…
Bridge and I, along with family and friends, like to quote lines from movies, and Monsters vs Aliens provides some memorable ones (“What the flagnog!”). In fact, anytime anyone says, “to recap”, I immediately think of this movie. One of my favorite lines is delivered by the alien overlord guy when he is addressing Earth:
Now, can you see the Lord in that? Well, I remember when the Lord first revealed something of Himself in this fun, silly movie, and I was like, “I may not have a brain, gentlemen, but I have an idea”. I believe Gallaxhar can sum up Christ’s mission and ministry in those three phrases: “I come in peace, I mean you no harm, and you all will die.” Let’s walk out the gospel according to Gallaxhar.
I Come in Peace
Admittedly, Christ says just the opposite a couple of times in scripture (see Matthew 10:34-35, Luke 12:49-53), and I will not discount that here. In fact, it could be said that Jesus is all about going, or leaving, in peace, because there are more than a few times that he tells someone to “go in peace” (Mark 5:34, Luke 7:50, Luke 8:48). I’m sure there are several other verses from which we can draw to illustrate this portion of Christ’s Gospel as articulated by Gallaxhar, but here are a few prominent ones for me:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” ~ Jesus in John 14:27
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ Jesus in John 16:33
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6
So, Christ didn’t come to give or grant peace, but we have peace because of Him. How is that? Because He is Peace. He doesn’t give anything apart from Himself – His love, His patience, His grace, etc. It all comes with and in Him.
I Mean You No Harm
Again, I am sure there are many more verses that correlate with this message, but I am not exhausting everything here. These are a few that immediately come to mind:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” ~ Romans 8:28-29
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” ~ Romans 5:8-9
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” ~ Jesus in John 3:16-17
Also note the corporate voice in those verses. Christ means to reconcile us to the Father. We are transferred from darkness (harm) into His marvelous light (not harm).
And You All Will Die
This is the part many Christians (myself included) don’t like. Understanding this part of the Gospel means understanding what it means for Christ to live in us: our death. But that is also the liberating part! We’re dead, so we don’t have to worry about it – Christ has this! What would a dead man do? Nothing! He’s dead!
This is also known as the death of self, the death of our flesh, denying the soul life, embracing the cross, etc. I could go on about the topic of our dying and Christ living, because I believe it to be a seriously misunderstood reality, but again, this is not an exhaustive work. So, here are some of the verses that I find to help make more clear Gallaxhar’s third statement:
“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?'” ~ Jesus in Luke 9:23-25
These words are actually echoed in all four gospels, and even twice in both Matthew and Luke. The apostle Paul takes up the mantel and writes:
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” ~ Philippians 1:21
We all will die, so that He may live. Whenever I desire to live, I find that I get in the way of His life being expressed. It’s only when I get out of His way, that He has free reign to live.
And, that final proclamation is at the heart of it all. I know Mr. Gallaxhar was just signing off, but that is what we all must do. We must sign off for Christ to sign on. Or as John the baptizer says, “[Christ] must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
So to recap, Christ is Peace, He means to redeem His image, and He lives through our death. He is the Good News. And we get to see Him in everything, even fun, silly movies. 🙂
Do you have a movie in which you see Christ? Please share it with us!