Last weekend, I took three of my younger cousins to see Thor. Shortly after the movie began, I realized that our time together was more than a casual afternoon at the theater. This movie made me fall in love with Jesus all over again! Thor is a movie about Marvel Comic’s Norse god of thunder and lightning, who’s on deck to become the king of Asgard. Although he was the rightful heir to the throne, pride clouded his vision, and his father banished him to Earth. On Earth, Thor’s experiences combined to give him a servant’s heart, the main ingredient of a successful king.
The story line of this movie reminded me of Paul’s words in Philippians 2:7-8. Instead of God, the Father, humbling Jesus, He humbled himself and came to Earth. He left His glory and honor in Heaven, not to be adorned as a king on Earth, but to give His life for ours. He would have been justified if He had stayed in Heaven, for our hearts were dark and calloused by sin. Yet, love compelled Him to give His life for us, that we might enjoy eternal life with the Father.
The words of an old song summarize my sentiments best:
“I don’t know why Jesus loves me. I don’t know why He cares. I don’t know why He sacrificed His life. Oh, but I’m glad, I’m so glad He did.” Thank God for our humble, and risen, King!