Happy Friday, everyone!

Most folks are happy about the approach of the weekend.  I am happy because Friday marks the change from antisocial jobs (working an industrial mill and writing novels) to the social jobs (a side job as a gas station attendant and teaching martial arts).

For the nerds out there, today is a happy Friday because Netflix released the latest super-hero series, Iron Fist.  I am two episodes in and liking it so far.  There isn’t a lot of action but there is less ham-handed political lecturing that took up 40% of Luke Cage last fall.  So even with the slower pace it is a breath of fresh air.

For those of you who are not terminal nerds, Iron Fist is the story of a 10-year old boy who crashed in the Himalayas and was raised by warrior monks.  He comes back to New York to try and prove his identity and use 15 years of warrior monk training to fight evil.

Every generation has its heroes.  In Jesus’ day the heroes of renown were conquering rulers: King David, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the like.  A generation before that the escaped slave Spartacus and his revolution captured the imaginations of the Mediterranean world. These days our heroes tend to wear costumes and have powers instead of wear armor and lead armies, but the idea of valor and heroism is the same.

As a child who grew up dreaming of life as Zorro and Batman (who is Zorro repackaged, point for point), the idea of being a hero is a great thing.

But we have an even better thing in Jesus.  Romans 8:31-39 teaches us:

31 What then shall we say to these things? pIf God is for us, who can be9 against us?32 qHe who did not spare his own Son but rgave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? sIt is God who justifies. 34 tWho is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who diedmore than that, who was raiseduwho is at the right hand of God, vwho indeed is interceding for us.10 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

wFor your sake xwe are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

37 No, in all these things we are more than yconquerors through zhim who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In the Netflix Iron Fist series, Danny is held captive with drugs that keep him from using his chi, his oriental mystic power, to escape.  That is something that can never happen to us.  We can never be cut off from God’s love that is own for us in Jesus Christ.  Alexander the Great died at thirty years old.  Julius Caesar’s empire is now a dozen countries he would never recognize.  But our status in Jesus Christ adn God’s love for us is an eternal monument that will outlast the world itself.

Yep, no chi needed.  We are more than conquerors, and that makes it a good Friday indeed.

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