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WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS
The Stones and The Sacrifice
Lessons Learned From Thanos
By Mike Komisky
In the movie “Infinity Wars,” the villain Thanos says, “Reality can be whatever I make it to be.”
Now, some of you may be wondering why I even picked Thanos when it comes to writing an article? Well, within his story is an important message. So, let us first examine his background. He was born on the planet Titan. As he grew up, he became a ruthless killer, exterminating every universe in sight, even killing his own people (including his mother). He craved ultimate greatness. And have it, he needed to collect all six infinity stones, each one representing a certain color and power.
He adopted 2 daughters, Nebula and Gamora. Nebula was hated, but Gamora was special to him. Sadly, at the end of the movie, we find him alone.
Now let me approach his story with some biblical insight. First, I would like to bring out three main ideas from his life.
- Success achieved with selfish motives will always leave you empty in the end.
In the Bible, we read about The Devil whose only purpose is to destroy our lives (John 10:10). Ever since Genesis 3, when Eve was tempted and bit the forbidden fruit, sin has caused a separation with God. The cunning serpent (Satan), lied to Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge, and said that she would be like God. As you can see since the beginning of time, The Devil has kept us as slaves, wanting more and more and never being satisfied. Today, our culture mirrors Thanos in that people are driven by lust for climbing the ladder of success, achievement, and personal gain. What this the world offers temporary pleasure, not sustainable contentment.
- True power used the wrong way will affect you and those around you.
This evil villain he used his power for himself. Therefore, we see that authority is to be respected, not abused. I see this over and over in marriages, including Christian couples. Husband’s abusing their wives, taking advantage of their God given role as spiritual leader of their home. However, husbands are to be examples of Christs’ love to their wives, not verbally or mentally lording over them. Marriage is God-given. Consequently, if you don’t cherish your wife, the result is a broken marriage and divorce. Also, God called us to be godly and loving fathers and love our children. Be an example they can look up to. Thanos failed to be that father. In fact, he used his daughter to track down the stone he so desired after brutally torturing Nebula so Gamora would confess where the soul stone was located. If that wasn’t enough, he ultimately takes her life to covet the gem and power. He destroyed everyone around him, even his family.
- True joy and peace come from living a selfless life.
Jesus modeled this by his death on the cross. He gave his life for us so we could live through him. The cost of God sacrificing his son was agonizing, yet, He reconciled the world back to himself. In Matthew 16:24-26, Jesus tells disciples, the true way to live. He says “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.”
Being a Christian requires a total surrender to your will and plans and entrusting them to Jesus. Then your desire will become his and life will be rewarding. You will not be living for the moment, but for eternity. There is no greater satisfaction than living to serve others. That life honors Jesus. Yes, there is a cost, and the is sacrifice. Following Jesus can be hard at times. Whatever the circumstances, know your sacrifice is not in vain. Jesus promises to provide if we seek first His kingdom. So don’t lose hope! Jesus is faithful and His rewards are eternal.
In conclusion, Jesus defines success as “committing your works to Him, and your plans will be established,” (Proverbs 16:3).
Make your life count. Our world is slowly decaying into deeper darkness every day. For you who don’t know Jesus as your personal savior, reach out today. Whatever the struggle, or issue you have, He can heal your wounds and give you a purpose for living as well as a true hope. Jesus will forgive you of your sin and give you a new start. So just come as you are.
For the Christian who is compromising his faith, I pray you would get back to your first love, Jesus. (Revelations 2:4). Don’t give up living for him. He loves you. Like Thanos said, “reality is what you make it.” God’s word is a reality. The world offers lies and provides empty promises. The jewels of heaven are for God’s pleasure as much as for ours. In scripture, a stone is used to describe strength and resiliency in a person’s character. Jesus said to His friend Peter, “Upon this rock, (stone) I will build my church.” See Matthew 16:13-19.
Thanos believed that the jewels on his gauntlet represented true power, but the truth is, Jesus Christ is the God of the universe and has all power over heaven and earth. Our ultimate hope is that Christ Himself possesses the real “infinity stones” spoken about in Revelation 21:19 -20 NKJV and one day, we will be able to enjoy them with Him in heaven. That’s an amazing reality we can make possible through God.
“The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.”
– Revelation 21:19-20