Sharing God’s Story with Mad Max Fury Road – Sacrifice

Sharing God's Story with Mad Max Fury Road - Sacrifice

Yea, Mad Max Fury Road shows us the power of the blood. But it also shows us the power of sacrifice.

—–Spoiler Alert—–

Hey, this post has some pretty big spoilers. Big like, “Did you know Luke and Leia were brother and sister?” 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.

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Who is the Hero?

So who do you think the hero of Fury Road is?

I feel like I gotta say Max. After all he does give his blood to save Furiosa.

But, if we are honest, Furiosa is also sort of the hero of Fury Road. She is the heart and soul of the story holds her own against everyone, even Max.

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No Greater Love

But let’s not forget Nux! In many ways, Nux, the former War Boy, shows himself the true hero!

Why? Because he sacrificed himself to save Max, Furiosa, and his new community!

No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

This is a great picture of what it means to love someone. Nux showed his love for his new group of friends by dying for them.

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Jesus did the same for you.

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Nux died to save them.

Jesus died to save you.

How can you share God’s story with Mad Max Fury Road?

 

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Simon L Smith

Saved by the Blood of Mad Max?

Sharing God's Story with Mad Max Fury Road - Blood

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.

—–Spoiler Alert—–

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.

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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.

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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 bloodthe 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 covenantthat 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 lifeFor 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.

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How can you share God’s story with Mad Max Fury Road?

Hey, do me a favor, if you haven’t already, will you please sign up for the Reel Parables email list? Not only will this guarantee that you get the latest Reel Parables posts, but you will also receive content that I occasionally only send to the Reel Parable’s community.

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Until next time – God bless.

Simon L Smith

The Prodigal Martian?

Why does Hollywood love the Prodigal Son story so much?

Why does Hollywood love the Prodigal Son story so much? Because the Prodigal Son story is all of our story.

Hollywood loves to retell the lost parables from Luke 15. They especially love to retell the Prodigal Son story. They retold it with Saving Private Ryan. They retold it with Finding Nemo. They retold it, to some degree, with Taken. They are telling it again with Matt Damon’s and Ridley Scott’s up coming movie, the Martian.

The lost astronaut, played by Matt Damon, states that “Every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people coordinate a search. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world send emergency supplies. This instinct is found in every culture, without exception.”

I agree. Not because we are so gosh darn amazing, but because the Prodigal Son story is a powerful – and true – story.

The shepherd left the 99 sheep to go find the one lost sheep because that sheep was important to him.

The woman tore her house up looking for the lost coin because that coin was valuable to her.

The prodigal son’s father ran to meet him and graciously welcomed him home because the father still loved his son!

The Martian looks to retell the same type of “I was lost but now I am found” story. The Martian looks to tell God’s story.

The Prodigal Us

The Prodigal Son’s story is our story.

God loves us, regardless of what we’ve done.

God loves us, regardless of where we’ve been.

God loves us, regardless of what we’ve said.

God loves us, regardless of what we’ve seen.

God. Loves. You.

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

We are all prodigals, but God loves us still. Are you ready to come home?

 

The Prodigal Martian

The Prodigal Martian

Will I love the Martian? I don’t know. The trailer and the movie poster have set my exceptions very high. It looks to me like it will be an amazing story because it will be, to some degree, God’s story. I hope that the Martian ends up being a great Reel Parable that I can use to share God’s story.

What are your thoughts? Do you plan to see the Martian when it comes out?