By Cody Knox

Holding out for a hero

Interstellar
“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here,” says Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) in Interstellar
(Picture: Aegaeus Mann, CC BY-SA 2.0)

After viewing Christopher Nolan's latest mind-bending epic, Interstellar, I left the cinema that night, I can honestly say, a different man.

Have you ever noticed how the movies we love and cherish have a hero? A central character who, often at great cost to himself, saves the day? We find ourselves cheering for these characters without having any personal connection to them whatsoever.

In this dramatic tale, the earth is dying and Earth's smartest remaining minds task themselves with saving it. They realise that our blue planet does not contain the answer, but distant worlds just might. By sending a team of scientists through a wormhole near Saturn, they hope to scout a new home for humans. The weight of mankind's fate is placed in the capable hands of a small few, and we love them for it. The end of the world will not be the end of us.

The hero narrative is ingrained into our deepest hopes and desires. We seek for someone to follow; someone to enter the darkness of the great unknown and lead us into the light. We yearn for that person to crash into our world and save us from all the pain and suffering that threatens to consume us. We are all holding out for a hero. Who will save us from this world of death?

The glorious, original Hero

In our favour, we understand that if someone is to save us, they need to be like us (human). So we stick our own hands up. How is that going for us? All the efforts to "make the world a better place" definitely don't seem to be working. If anything, things are getting worse. Has it ever crossed anyone's mind that mankind isn't the solution?

Despite all of our arrogance and pride in our attempts to solve this world's many problems, we just can't. We only make things worse. The only thing that you and I contribute to the dire situation we find ourselves in is the pain and sin that needs to be dealt with.

The solution to this problem is not found in G20 summits, better money management, or laser-guided bombs, but rather in someone who came to this earth 2000 years ago. Jesus Christ taught of His coming kingdom – a reign with no death, worry or pain – and promised that for all those who would give up on their own efforts to save the world and themselves, they would be welcomed into this New World as sons and daughters. The Lord Jesus' flawless life, death, and resurrection provide His people with righteousness, forgiveness, and hope in a world teeming with counterfeits.

We are all holding out for our hero. Instead of looking inward or outward to your fickle fellow man, look to Jesus. He victoriously died and rose in the past, to secure your future.

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