A couple of years back Micah declared, “Mom, do you know that you’re considered a ‘cool mom’?”
I responded incredulously, “Me? Cool? In what way?”
“Well,” Micah replied, “When I told my friends that we go to Marvel movies for your birthday, they said, ‘Wow, you’ve got a cool mom!’”
To be a cool mom is to spend my birthday with my boys and the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Spiderman, Red Skull, Loki, Hela, Thanos, other Marvel superheroes and villains, and of course, my family. My birthday consistently aligns with the first weekend of May – when 10 years of Marvel movies have been released to the world. Yep. You’ve got that right. The Marvel crowd and I have spent nearly ten years of my birthday celebrations together.
Therefore, it should be no surprise then, that I, being the cool mom that I am, escorted my boys to see Infinity War.
Have you seen it yet?
I’ve actually thought a lot – and I mean a lot – about this film since the final credits rolled and the last trailer sent shock waves through the South African audience.
They cried out, “NO WAY!”
One of the teen girls seated behind us blurted, “Thanks for ruining my childhood, Marvel.”
I exclaimed, “Oh my. Oh my. Oh my.”
Should we have been stunned, surprised or even shocked, though? Marvel creators have been leading their viewers to this culminating point – they have called it a cinematic feat ten-years in the making. They told us to be ready.
This ten-year work has directed my thoughts towards an entirely unique trajectory, however. This is a direction that I am sure no Marvel creator, director or actor is probably even considering at this point. Yet, as a Believer, a person who has set my heart on Jesus Christ, and who has followed Him to full-time mission work in southern Africa, I don’t think my thoughts are that much of a stretch.
Let me get to it:
Luke records these words:
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
New International Version, Luke 21: 25 -28
Over two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ shared that He will return. No one knows the day or the time. However, the moment will come when miraculously, every eye on earth will see and every heart will comprehend the majesty and splendor of the Son of God, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords as His Presence emanates across the skies and heavens.
There will be no doubt.
We will see Jesus and He will return to fulfill His final work on earth.
But are we ready?
Are we preparing for the return of Jesus Christ?
Are we anticipating His arrival after waiting for over 2000 years for His return?
Are we straightening up our heads — because our redemption is near?
The Marvel creators spent a massive amount of time developing 18 different movies to work towards some specific outcome – and this cool mom and others joined in the journey with our popcorn, drinks and candy.
Then, when this partial outcome came (after all, there is a part II coming next year – when? My birthday weekend of May 2019), many of us weren’t prepared for it. In fact, many of the Marvel characters weren’t either.
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”
New International Version, Luke 17:28-30
In fact, there’s more for us to be straightening up our heads about:
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
New International Version, 2 Thessalonians 2: 1- 8
Did you catch all that?
Deception will rage.
Unease will seethe.
Rebellion will erupt.
Lawlessness will swell.
Fear, chaos, and destruction will overwhelm.
Because at some point, the Lord will stop restraining the powers of darkness, deception, and discord. It’s true that evil is on earth and that its devilish hand is at work. Yet, there will come a time when the Lord’s protective, outstretched arm will lift. Evil will have its way. Its untethered, merciless terror will descend as the hordes of Thanos which mauled and mashed and pummeled their way into Wakanda during the Infinity War.
Do we believe that?
Have we shored ourselves – our hearts and our minds – with the power of Christ to hold fast and sure to our faith when this tumultuous time is at hand?
What will we do when such evil is loosed?
Will we react like the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and combat this relentless onslaught of deception and terror in our own strength and in our own power?
Or will we turn to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has already overcome the power of self-deceit, self-centeredness, self-destruction and the nefarious influences behind them?
We must remember that the Lord Jesus has already shown Himself victorious:
“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
New International Version, Revelation 17:14
For me, I revel in awe at what is to come.
But am I ready?
Have I made amends with those that I have offended?
Have I offered forgiveness to those who have hurt me or my family?
Have I made the effort to resolve conflict?
Have sought atonement for my selfishness?
Have I kept my heart close to my God?
Am I looking for my Savior, the Lord of Lords and the King of kings, the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah, the Alpha and the Omega to return and am I living like He could at any possible time?
Am I ready?
I may be the ‘cool mom’ who celebrates her birthday with the Marvel crowd. But I want this birthday girl to be known for something even more transformationally important.
I’m the birthday girl and the child of God who is readying herself for the return of her glorious Savior.
How about you?
Are you straightening your head for the redemption that is at hand?
Are you readying yourself for the return of Jesus Christ?