“I need to laugh.” This is what my friend texted me after suggesting we go see the Incredibles 2 movie. Since her text came at the end of a challenging week, I realized I could use some laughs myself. We went to see the movie and as expected, we both laughed. But there was something about this superhero movie that stayed with me. As such, I thought I’d share it with you.
(Spoiler alert: while this article is not a formal movie review, it does give some of the movie’s plot away.)
Superheroes Cannot Save
The heroes in the movie, as you would expect, are the family of “Incredibles” along with a rag-tag group of other superheroes. They all have one thing in common: a compulsion to do good and root out evil in the world. The world could certainly use more of that!
Halfway through the movie, however, the “supers” are systematically enslaved, one by one, to do the work of the evil villain. The movie reminded me of the words spoken by Jesus regarding the “last days”:
“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect [that is, followers of Jesus].” (Matthew 24:24 ESV)
In the movie, the “supers” were no less immune to failure, even falling victim to the enemy’s schemes. This sober reminder is found in Matthew 24. That even “the elect” would be deceived if, in God’s mercy, He did not cut short those days (verse 22).
The World is Looking for a Superhero
Which brings me to the point. The world is looking for a superhero: for Someone to rescue and put an end to injustice. When we put our hope in people, however – even “supers,” the best, the brightest, or the strongest – in the end, we are still in need of deliverance.The world is looking for superheroes: for rescue, justice, peace. But when we put our hope in people – even #superheroes - we are still in need of deliverance. #incredibles2 Click To Tweet
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” (Psalm 146:3 ESV)
There is only One Person who is altogether holy (cannot be affected by evil) and all-powerful (can crush the enemy and put an end to evil). Therefore, He is the only One who can rescue a world enslaved by evil and injustice.
What Does Rescue Look Like?
The truth is that Jesus did not come to make us saints, though He works towards that end (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7-8). He did not come to heal the sick, though in compassion He healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:23-24). Nor did He come to bring peace or try to make this world a better place (Matthew 10:34).
Jesus came to do so much more. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8 ESV)Jesus didn't come merely to make us saints, or heal the sick, or bring peace. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) #devil #incredibles2 Click To Tweet
From the beginning, the devil seeks to lure people away from God. He does this in order to enslave them in sin, leading to death (Romans 6:16). But praise God we have deliverance through Jesus Christ our Lord! He died to sin once and for all (Romans 6:10). He will usher in a whole new world where justice and righteousness reigns forever (Revelation 21:1-5).
How Did He Do it?
By “triumphing” over evil through the Cross (Colossians 2:15). As a result, you and I likewise become “more than conquerors” through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37).
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5 NLT)
Father, we thank You and praise You for sending Your Son Jesus, King of the World. He defeated the enemy at the Cross and delivers us from slavery and sin. Teach us, Lord, to trust and follow You – to live as “more than conquerors”, for You are our salvation and victory.