Yesterday I discussed a few reasons why Christians should approach a film like Final Destination 5 with great caution.  While I still hold to that, I do believe there are some deep Scriptural truths we can glean from the entire franchise.

Death is a reality: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” Romans 5:12.  If these movies teach us something, they teach us that no one can escape death. Unless Jesus Christ returns, death is a reality we will all face.  The tagline of the first film is No Accidents. No Coincidences. No Escapes. You Can’t Cheat Death.  And the tagline to the fifth is Death has never been closer.  The former is affirming the sovereignty of God; i.e., there are no accidents or coincidences, and you can’t cheat death.  The latter is correct in that death is drawing closer for us each and every day. We may not say it but, we often live our lives like we are going to live forever.  Even if we realize that death is a reality, we often disagree by the trivial decisions we make each and every day.  A film like this illustrates how easily our days can end, and how quickly they are approaching.

God is to be Feared:  “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”  Matthew 10:28-30.  Many of us might not give much thought to the fact that God protects us and sustains us through each and every day.  The FD films truly help to illustrate just how much evil and disaster God protects us from.  If you’re heart is beating right now, God allowed it.  If you made it to the office today, God allowed it.  Nothing on this earth happens apart from the will of the Father.  Although the accidents in most of these films are too outlandish to believe, they depict that accidents are a reality.  The creators of the film come up with inventive ways to knock off the stars, but the Creator is the One holding these realities at bay.  God’s common grace is holding death at bay for the believer and the unbeliever every waking hour.  His power is unmatched.  Therefore, be sure and thank him for His sustaining hand each and every day.

Death’s final destination:  “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.  Even though these films advertise that you can’t escape death, this is not entirely true.  While we may be taken from this earth, those who are in Christ aren’t truly at home until their death.  And their death is not final.  They will be raised again, because Jesus Christ conquered death.  Death took him to the grave for three days, and then Christ rolled away the stone and spit in the face of death!  Christ has provided a way where death does not have the final word.

Where New Line Cinema may crank out yet another installment of this gross-out franchise, death’s final destination is the grave because of the Hero, Jesus Christ.

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