Mad Max: Fury Road is so hot right now. The “Cult Classic” has matured, has found a much wider audience, and has been nominated for a ga-zillion awards.
No, seriously, it’s up for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, 2 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, and it has been nominated for 7 BAFTA Film Awards.
This does not surprise me at all. Sure, Mad Max may not be a “Christian” movie, but it is, however, a Biblical one! So much so that you can use it to share God’s story.
Here are three ways to use Mad Max: Fury Road as teaching and/or preaching illustrations.
Power in the Blood
As important as water is in Max’s world, it is blood that truly saves.
Max’s blood saves the War Boy Nux. Max’s blood saves Furiosa. Max’s blood saves. Sound familiar?
Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)
Just like Max’s blood saves in his world, Jesus’ blood saves in ours.
Max, and his saving blood, is a picture of Jesus’ saving blood.
For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7)
It is because of Max’s blood sacrifice that all the people at Joe’s Citadel are blessed.
Only after Max saved Furiosa (with his blood) did she unleashed the “living water” on everyone. Everyone who came to the water at Joe’s Citadel was blessed.
No Greater Love
Yes, Max gives his blood, but let’s not forget Nux! In many ways, Nux, the former War Boy, shows himself to be 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.
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.
We Are Not Things
Why would Nux die for his new friends? Why would Jesus die for you? Because as Capable said, “we are not things.”
No, we are not simply things.
We are made in God’s image
God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
We are all God’s children
For in him we live and move about and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:28)
We are all fearfully and wonderfully made
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; (Psalm 139:14a)
No, we are not just things. All of us are people who are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image.
And all of us should be treated accordingly.
So there you go, three ways to share God’s story with Mad Max: Fury Road.
These are my three teaching or sermon illustrations, can you think of more?
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Simon L Smith