I’ve watched a lot of movies. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I doubt it’s too flattering. Be that as it may, I’ve learned a few things about the typical movie plot from my many wasted hours. One key element of a successful script is the hero.

I just saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi with my son, Jake (love that boy). Heroes abound! You can’t throw a lightsaber without hitting a hero. While watching the movie, something occurred to me. Although I may be a main character (at least in my mind) in my own little story, I am definitely not the hero.

Let me introduce you to the hero of my story, and yours should you choose.

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. (John 19:16-18)

This hero is pivotal in our story. We’re in dire trouble you see. We were born under a death sentence. My sin, your sin, has separated us from God. The hero came, however, to stand in our place. He accepted our death penalty and paid it in full. Because our hero was sinless, He had the power to rise again from the dead. He left the tomb, appeared to many, and then returned to Heaven. He’ll return in due time.

That would make a pretty outlandish movie, clearly a science fiction film. Except that this really happened. Believing or not believing it is the most important decision you will ever make. Choose Jesus, friend. This hero died so that you may live (John 10:10).

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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