A Fav Origin Story
When Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins hit the theaters, I thought to myself, Psshhh—nothing can top Michael Keaton's original!
I mean, he had the brooding-Batman-vibe thing down.
By the end of Batman Begins, though, my mind changed when Christian Bale lept from a Gotham building, cape unfurled, and the thundering soundtrack filled the theater.
"Whooaaa...." escaped my mouth in full Keanu Reeves style.
I knew I had just seen an awesome movie with a compelling origin story.
Since Batman Begins, few superhero films have captured that depth in a hero’s backstory. Bruce Wayne's childhood trauma and his search for identity shaped his quest for justice and who he became as a person.
This got me thinking: As believers in Christ, we have an origin story filled with trauma and redemption as well.
Ours, though, is more compelling, enduring, and—well—real.
Let’s dive back into the book of Colossians. At this point, Paul is contrasting their old way of life with the new reality of belonging to Christ…
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.
Colossians 1:22-23 (NIV)
Remember Your Origin Story
If you belong to Christ, He has transplanted you into a new Kingdom of light.
You've left the sin and darkness of Gotham, but your hero is nothing like Bruce Wayne.
In the larger narrative of the Bible, God is the overarching hero. The hero of patience, compassion, and holiness. And here's the Bible's good news for you: You cannot be the hero of your own story. No matter how patriotic, or noble, or "good," or wise, or...
(you get the idea)
It's God who's extended forgiveness and reconciliation.
Since God "reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death," He has committed the noblest of heroic actions…
Salvation at His own cost.
"Never forget your origin story. Let it humble and delight you."
We are in awe of superheroes who sacrifice themselves for their city. But these heroes are flawed, and they don’t seem to suffer the consequences of death (sorry Iron Man).
Jesus the Messiah, however, willingly left heaven and subjected Himself to humanity, servanthood, and death.
He did this all to reconcile you back to God.
Never forget your origin story. Let it humble and delight you. "Do not move from the hope held out in the gospel." (Even Paul's words here imagine arms extending grace to you.)
Keep running after it, "established and firm" in your origin story bought by the blood of Jesus.
—Oh, and you get to do it without a cape, black spandex, or gothic fatigues. ?
An oldie-but-goodie. One of the best remixes of “Nothing but the Blood.”