*if you are unfamiliar with the movie A Knight’s Tale you can click on this link to read a synopsis.
In A Knight’s Tale, William Thatcher falls in love with the beautiful, and noble, Jocelyn. In an effort to prove his love for her, he declares that he will win the jousting tournament for her. Jocelyn has other ideas:
How our natural man longs to love the Lord with our good name; our high reputation. Yet, the Lord tells us plainly, and then shows us plainly, that true love loses. True love denies itself and obeys its lover.
Despite William’s resistance to losing, he does in fact obey his lover. This reminds me of the parable in Matthew 21:28-32.
28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
Though William told Jocelyn he wouldn’t lose, when she sees him losing she knows that he loves her. The joy on her face is unmistakable.
William has spent the entire movie pretending to be someone he isn’t, in an effort to be more than he is. He eventually can’t hide his true self any longer, and is imprisoned for his false identity. However, the prince of the land has been watching him at the tournaments and sees something the others miss. By the actions and words of the prince, William is knighted and brought into the position he so longed for.
It is only by the actions and word of the True King that we are lifted out of our lowly position and given a name, and our new name and position are beyond contestation. No matter what the enemy tries to convince us of, nothing can take away our new place in Christ. It is only now, that William has been given his true identity, that He is able to overcome and defeat the bad guy.
Sir William completes the tournament, beating the bad guy, and winning the girl. As the bad guy lays on the ground he sees a vision of William and his men speaking to him:
This is the true place of the old man. He has been weighed, measured, and found wanting, so Christ has crucified Him, and in His resurrection He has brought in the New World. Amen!
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