QUESTIONS FOR JESUS ON GOOD FRIDAY

Which hurt more, the whip, the nails, the public ridicule or the fact that Peter denied you?  I think I know the answer.

Father, forgive them–Really, because that is a little hard to swallow?

Why did you use a Persian loan word to describe heaven to the thief, because, honestly, that kinda freaks me out?

Was Pilate sympathetic or a jackass?  I can’t really tell from the Scriptures and I need to know.

Why were your female followers braver than your male followers?

Had you met Joseph of Arimathea before–not in the way that God meets everyone but in the way that you in your humanity you might have sat and chatted with him ahead of time about what to do with your body?

As they gambled for your clothes, did you think about Judas or did you think about me?

In the courtyard, when they were whipping you, how did you keep from calling them each by name and scolding them?

When they pushed the crown of “thorns” upon your sweaty “brow” did you reflect on Adam and Eve and remember a better day?

Why did it have to be a cross?  I mean, if death for atonement is all that was needed, wouldn’t a quick thrust from a Roman short sword through the neck been just as effective?

Can you help me reconcile my own emotions on this–because I’m glad you did it, but at the same time I hate that you did it?

Do you think Satan really thought he had won, or did he know what was coming in a couple of days?

This is a hard question, especially to ask of God, but I still wonder it so here goes:  Do you ever regret it?  I ask because I’m not sure we’re worth it.

MEGAMIND–THE REDEMPTION OF EVIL

The Greenbeans enjoy movies.  I like old movies and have recently inflicted North By Northwest and Red River upon my otherwise unsuspecting family.  The public library is a great resource for these types of films; although sometimes you have to wait so long that you forget you ordered it.  But, it is always worth it. 

Because I have inflicted so many old movies upon them of late they got to pick and decided that we would go see the movie which apparently everyone  else has seen, Megamind.  The only real problem for me is that Megamind is in 3-D, which is an abbreviation for “Three Times the Dollars”.  Wow, it is so expensive.

I enjoyed it very much, though, and thought it was witty.  The Marlon Brando gig was a very nice touch!

What shouted at me, though (you guessed it), were the theological themes.  (NOTE—SPOILER ALERT’S BELOW)

  • Metro Man—He is intended to be a Christ-figure, but vainly so.  He walks on water, has a death and resurrection type sequence, and his cape is handled and even looks like the Shroud of Turin.  His failure in the film is almost a lament that the Christian community has backed away from the real problems of society. 

 

  • Evil—At first it appears the film is portraying a typical Hollywood dualism with a hero and a villain.  However, what we see is that the villain, although evil, is never able to completely destroy or even win a single battle against the hero.  Good always wins.  This is similar to the claim that Christians make regarding the One True God.  Evil, though strong, is not an equal opposing force to the Lord.  God and only God is almighty.  The Devil is not equal to God in power and strength and therefore, evil cannot win.

 

  • Megamind’s Parallel—Is Megamind Judas or is Megamind Satan?  Is he the misguided traitor who doesn’t understand the ramifications of his actions or is he the original author of atrocity?  How about this for an answer:  I perceive Megamind wants to be Satan but actually doesn’t actually have it in him.  He is more of a Judas figure, and the film portrays him sympathetically as such, almost a proto-Gnostic Judas.    

 

  • Megamind’s Redemption—The transformation of Megamind from ultimate villain to the one who saves the day is truly a story of conversion.  Change is possible, and people can be enlightened.  In the film this change is brought about by romantic love.  We understand that true conversion is triggered by the love of God which engages us and leads us to want to change (Romans 12:1-2) our minds from evil to bad.  This is what the power of the gospel is all about. 

Aside from all that, there are some enjoyable aspects to the film—the rock-n-roll music from my high school days was a blast from the past and the mock President Obama “NO YOU CAN’T” posters made me laugh-out-loud.  It is a fun film, and if you have the $300 dollars it take to go see it in 3-D, I highly recommend it.