I give blood regularly because my blood can save someone. This is why my church invites a Carter Blood Care mobile donation bus to stop by every few months. Blood is important. Even Mad Max Fury Road knows this.
Hey, this post has some pretty big spoilers. Big like, “Did you know Vader was Luke’s dad?” big! I assume you’ve seen Mad Max Fury Road already or don’t care if I spoil it with you. If you haven’t seen it but are curious, here’s my take: If you liked/loved the trailer, then you will love the movie. If you hated the trailer, then you will hate the movie. It it what it is and it doesn’t try to be anything else.
Are You Washed in the Blood of Mad Max?
While certainly not the focus of Mad Max Fury Road, blood plays a surprisingly important role.
Early on we learn that Max is a universal blood donor. This means that anyone can get/use Max’s blood. This is why Nux, one of the sick War Boys, uses him as a “blood bag.” Nux is sick and uses Max for a blood transfusion. Which is when the action starts.
Yes, this is a way to keep Max alive and to get him into the action; strap Max to the car with Nux so he can continue to get his blood. Yes, it was crazy, but it was also awesome. More importantly, it lays the foundation for Max saving Furiosa later on.
Mad Max Fury Road – Yea, it is pretty cool.
Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)
As important as water is in Max’s world, it is the blood that truly saves.
Max, the sort of hero of Fury Road, has his blood taken from him to save Nux. Max’s blood saves Nux.
He then gives it to Furiosa to save her life. Max’s blood saves Nux.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7)
We will talk it later, but remember that Nux, the once hopeless War Boy, is transformed and ultimately gives his life to save the mothers.
For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
It is because of Max’s blood sacrifice that all the people at Joe’s Citadel are blessed.
Because Max saved Furiosa, with his blood, she unleashed the “living water” on everyone.
Everyone who came to the water at Joe’s Citadel was blessed.
Mad Max and Jesus Christ, Universal Donors
In the same way that Max gave his blood to save Furiosa and, to some degree, Nux, Jesus has given his blood for you.
And through him (Jesus) to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross – through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)
In the same way that Max is a universal donor, Jesus is the Universal Donor
For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)
Just like everyone was able to get the water because of Max’s sacrifice, everyone – and anyone – can be reconciled to God – saved – because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. (Acts 16:31)
Mad Max Fury Road was awesome and a true spectacle.
How can you share God’s story with Mad Max Fury Road?
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Until next time – God bless.
Simon L Smith