I love movies, that is, good ones. That’s why you’ll find me sometimes using them as examples in my blog posts. Good movies mostly have lessons that can be drawn from. Unfortunately, there is a friend of mine who doesn’t like movies but enjoys animation. So I guess come 2012 I will try to convince her that movies are enjoyable. Unajijua 😉
Anyway, the year is coming to a close in less than 24 hours and I’m sure most of us are reviewing what our lives have been like in the past one year. As usual, there have been ups and downs, struggles and achievements, births and deaths, joy and sadness; but at the end of the day we come to thank God despite the nature of the circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). If there’s one lesson I have learnt is that the ending really matters, not how you started. When I’m talking about the end it’s not specifically about the end of the year but how you’ll live your life; whether it will live a legacy for the inspiration of others. Will it be a life of living in holiness or living in darkness?
Back to the movies
I enjoy watching old movies. As I had mentioned in one of my posts (The fit the misfit and the shape shifter), they don’t make movies like they used to with the exception of mind blowing special effects. If there’s one movie I enjoy watching is the Indiana Jones series; an adventure classic with humor and action. How a movie ends really matters and I’m sure movie buffs out there agree.
In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the Nazi (the year is 1938) are in search of the cup of Christ that he used during the Last Supper. It’s rumored that whosoever drinks from this cup gains immortality. (Please note that this is just fantasy; eternity is a gift given when we accept Christ in our heart; but of course this fantasy makes the movie intriguing) Anyway, Indiana Jones’ father (also an archaeologist) is kidnapped since he knows where the cup is located. The kidnapping sets of the adventure and I’m not going to give any more spoilers so just watch the movie. I hope my friend is getting the hint ;). But what was awesome about the movie is the ending, the heroes riding on horses into the sunset of the Egyptian desert. This scene continues until the movie credits are almost over. (I guess that’s enough for a spoiler; I’m not going any further). That’s one epic ending and you’ll get the feel once you watch the movie
Epic Endings In the Bible
God is the ultimate director of your life. Of course, this happens if you surrender your life to Him so that He can guide your steps. God used many people in the Bible to fulfill His plans and if you have a look at some of them, their endings were graceful and filled with inspiration. They left a legacy that still stands today. They lived to make God known. They were like you and me, humans with flaws but God saw beyond those flaws. All that God wants is dedication and devotion.
Enoch (Genesis 5:18-24; Hebrews 11:5):
Enoch did not experience death but he walked with God and until he was no more because God took him. I believe that by walking with God means that God was pleased with Enoch because of his faith.
Moses (Deuteronomy 33 and 34):
The last chapters of Deuteronomy see Moses giving his final address to the Israelites as their leader. He beseeches them to love the law of God; to remember the covenant that God has established between them. Moses knew his time was coming to an end since God spoke to him about it (Deuteronomy 32:48-52). What is the epic ending here? Deuteronomy 34:6. How many people get to be buried by the Creator? Moses got that experience. It’s awesome how God took care of Moses’ final rest on earth. Moses left a legacy that impacts many and his name and what he does is mentioned throughout the Bible after Deuteronomy: Old Testament (Joshua 8:31, 1 Kings 2:3, 2 Kings 14:6, Ezra 6:18 etc) and New Testament (Mark 12:26, Luke 2:22, John 7:23, Hebrews 11:23-29)
Samson (Judges 16:23-31):
Filled with shame, humiliated and eyes gorged out, Samson was brought down to being a grinder at the prison; but in His final attempt to redeem himself and restore his relationship with God, He destroyed 3000 Philistines with just two pillars and his renewed strength. At the end, Samson was redeemed; and that’s why he’s the greatest DJ. He literally brought the house down. LOL
Elijah (2 Kings 2):
How many guys get to go to heaven on a chariot of fire with horses of fire? Enough said. Elijah’s work was over on earth. He lived a devoted and dedicated life that glorified God. He didn’t face death but God took him away with a chariot of fire. How epic and awesome is that? To know more about Elijah check out some posts I wrote about his ministry: http://genius85.wordpress.com/tag/elijah/
Jesus Christ (John 19):
The ultimate epic ending that saw the defeat of sin and death. There on the cross, in pain and suffering, the Son of God took our sins (past, present and future). Freedom at last and eternity just around the corner. What does it take to be reconciled with God? Acknowledging that He sent His Son to die for us, admitting that you’re a sinner and willing to accept Him by faith whole heartedly:
“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
It is finished. That is what Jesus said before committing His spirit to God. He rose and ascended into heaven and all that remains is for him to come back and take us home; to close the chapter that is the world and its darkness and to open a new one that is of eternity.
What legacy will you leave? One that lasts only for a human life time or one that lasts for eternity? Will your end be epic or lame? Luke 12:33-34. Have the end in mind but with the hope of living with God for eternity.
Happy new year and have a blessed 2012!