I love going to the movies! My wife and I met in Seminary. After we started dating, we found a common joy in going to the movies. There was a location that offered $.50 tickets on Tuesdays and showed movies that were 3-6 months old. Every Tuesday we would go and watch 2-4 movies together, eat at Taco Bell that was in the mall parking lot, and just enjoy the whole process. This became a regularly thing for us. We have watched all kinds of movies over the years, but no more than we did for the two years we lived in Fort Worth! Some of the greatest epic movies of all time were seen in that little theater.
Most epic movies contain 4 basic elements: Emotional, Powerful, Inspirational, and a Choice.
Emotional – Remember the scene in Schindler’s List where we are overjoyed that the mothers were saved from the gas chamber only to see the trucks full of their children being driven away? Or how about when the old man loses his wife at the beginning of Up?
Inspirational – I love the Braveheart speech as they prepare for war. But the speech of not giving up in Facing the Giants is spectacular!
Choice – Will the family have the grit to survive? Will the team overcome race and pride? Will the group overcome the obstacle that lies before them? They all have a choice. The great movies create a conflict and crisis where the major players must choose to believe or not. Those who do survive and win.
The Greatest Story
The apostle Paul desired to go to Rome and share the good news with them. He had told many people the good news he knew and now really wanted to tell the people in Rome.
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
This Good News is Emotional.
Paul is unashamed. No one can turn his face away. No circumstance could change his mind. He had already lost his wife. He had lost his position. He had lost his freedom on numerous occasions. Yet here he is going strong after all this time. If, as some say, it is all a myth and fable, who would be that determined? What keeps Paul going?
The Good News is Powerful.
The God who spoke light into existence is at work in the middle of this good news. The God who formed humanity from the dust of the Earth is at work. The God who flooded the Earth and then confused the languages is at work. The God who parted the Seas and provided water from a rock is at work. This is who is working behind this good news.
The Good News is Inspirational.
This Good News is for all people. This Good News will take what is lost and save it; what is outside and bring it inside; what is down and raise it up; what is awful and make it right. Are you down? This will raise your spirits. Do you suffer from low self-esteem? This will help you see your worth. Are you stuck in a habit or addiction? The Good News inspires you to better living.
The Good News is a Choice.
The good news comes down to a decision you must make based on what is provided by scripture and experience. This decision is not a factual one but one of faith. Faith is tricky because it isn’t science though that helps. It isn’t reason but that is involved. Faith is different and more. Faith is choosing to believe what you cannot prove. The Good News is that Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, lived a real life, died an awful death and was buried. This happened because of my wrong and bad choices and yours too. He took upon Himself all of humanity’s wrong so that we would not have to face eternal separation from God. He rose from the dead 3 days later to secure His victory and majesty over death and Hell.
The Good News of Jesus Christ’s actions on, and for, your behalf is EPIC. Will you believe? Where is your faith? In whom do you place your faith?