Emptied & Humbled: Guardians of the Galaxy – Identity

Sharing Lent with God's Story

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Lent is about identity. Jesus’ death and resurrection showed that he was both the Son of God and the Son of Man. Spider-man’s sacrifice revealed that his secret identity was Peter Parker. Ralph’s sacrifice showed that he was actually a good guy (even though he was his game’s bad buy). So who is the hero of Guardians of the Galaxy? I say Groot!

We-are-Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy plays like Star-Lord is the hero, and he does sometimes act heroically, but Groot is the real hero of Guardians!

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Emptied & Humbled: Guardians of the Galaxy – Death

Sharing Lent with God's Story

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Lent is about death. Specifically, Lent is about Jesus’ sacrificial death. Yes, a huge part of Lent is preparing for Good Friday.

We-are-Groot

As we saw yesterday, Groot, like Jesus, chose to make the ultimate sacrifice for his friends, for his community.

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Emptied & Humbled: Guardians of the Galaxy – Sacrifice

Sharing Lent with God's Story

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Lent is about sacrifice. Specifically, Lent is about Jesus’ sacrifice. The thing is, Jesus’ sacrifice is a hard idea to grasp.

As we’ve seen in Philippians 2, Jesus emptied himself and humbled himself. Jesus chose us.

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Emptied & Humbled: Wreck-it Ralph – Glory

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Lent is about glory. Or in movie terms, the happy ending.

Yes, part of Lent is solemn, contemplative, sorrowful. This is the time when we consider sacrifice and death. But part of Lent is also celebratory! We mourn for Good Friday, but we celebrate the happy ending of Eastern Sunday!

Jesus has won. Death has been defeated!

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Emptied & Humbled: Wreck-it Ralph – Death

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Lent is about Death. We anticipate Jesus’ death on Good Friday and then celebrate his defeat of death on Easter/Resurrection Sunday!

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As we said yesterday, Ralph emptied himself and humbled himself. So much so that he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Ralph emptied and humbled himself to the point of death.

Yea, I know he didn’t die.

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Emptied & Humbled: Wreck-it Ralph – Sacrifice

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Ralph had a choice to make. Would he help Vanellope or would he pursue his own desire, to take a hero’s medal back to Fix it Felix, Jr and join the community?

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While Spider-man sacrificed his wants, Ralph chose to sacrifice his life.

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Emptied & Humbled: Wreck-it Ralph – Choice

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

Last week we looked at Spider-man 2, Philippians 2, and saw how they both apply to Lent. This week will look at Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph.

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Ralph wanted something that we all want; Ralph wanted friends, Ralph wanted community. Ralph, the bad guy of the video game Fix it Felix, Jr, wanted to be a part of the community. He simply wanted to be friends with Felix and the others.

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Emptied & Humbled: Spider-man 2 – Glory

Sharing Lent's Story with Movies

This is part of Emptied & Humbled, a movie based Lenten devotional. The whole devotional can be found here.

No pain, no gain the old saying goes. This certainly rings true for our spiritual lives. Sacrifice and death are the”birth pains” of the glory. No pain, no glory.

Think “beauty from the ashes” or the glorious phoenix rising from the ashes.

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