Spiderman - No Way Home
Do we have any responsibility to care about and help hurting people around us? Mae certainly thinks so and she lets Peter know. He has a mission to help. This is the clear teaching of God’s word. I John 4:20 says it like this, “If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” As Jesus followers we live to help people
Is real change possible? Can direction and destiny be altered? Dr. Strange thinks not, but Peter Parker is convinced people, even his enemies, can be saved. He believes real change is possible. He can’t stay on the sideline. He must try to make a difference. He fights to make positive change happen. What are you willing to fight for? How far are you willing to go to make positive difference in the lives of people? For the sake of people who are lost we must try to share Jesus. Are you willing to try?
We live in a broken world. The universe is filled with broken fallen creatures. In this clip Spider-Man clearly senses and sees brokenness in people he is fighting to redeem. But it didn’t start out that way. The Goblin encourages Spider-Man to give in to his own brokenness and just take what he wants. Like Adam and Eve, we all face the temptation to give in to darkness and selfishly take. Our first ancestors lived in a perfect place. They enjoyed four perfect relationships – with God, with one another, with nature, and with themselves. They wanted to be gods themselves. They disobeyed and all their relationships were broken. We all want to be gods taking what we want – but that choice leads only to death.
Mae and Peter are seriously wounded trying to bring healing to their adversaries. Peter blames himself, but Mae reassures him. Trying to good for others is always the right thing even when it costs us. Aunt Mae and Jesus both make it clear: With great strength and blessing comes great responsibility.
Peter suffers great loss and grief. He is angry and bitter. He is in a dark place. He wants revenge. Loss is a part of life. How do we respond to the wounds of life? The world says get angry and get even. Peter’s alternate selves warn him not to go down that path. It only hurts yourself. Jesus offers a better solution. Love your enemies. Do good for them. Forgive. Turn the other cheek. Practice radical love. Keep on doing good. Never give up!
Peter is finished. He’s had enough of helping. He’s done – or is he?
The team finally comes together. Spider-Man is no longer alone. Everyone is working together to love and redeem villains, not destroy them. This is what we do!