Dying and living at the right time

Posted: February 14, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Action
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The Die Hard franchise has been a bastion of fun, violence and quips for over 25 years now (could this be right?). Yes, John McCLane has been killing bandits while making us laugh and cheer for years. The fourth movie (live free or die hard) was a bit disappointing to many, the PG-13 rating being considered one of the main reasons. In my humble opinion, it is not really inferior than the second or third installments.

Here is the final trailer for this movie, gotta love the ubiquotous use of “Ode to Joy” in the series trailers…

The series often play with the idea of being at the wrong place at the wrong time; whether at the Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas (making this one of the best Christmas movies ever), or an airport and now, it seems, in Moscow. Thankfully he is always the right man for the job and teams up with a Sam Jackson, Justin Long and other folks to save the day from robbers to all sorts of terrorists.

This idea of being at the wrong place is intriguing to me and offers a curious contrast with Christ. I am currently preaching a series in the Gospel of Mark, and know we have reached the passover meal, when Jesus gives instructions to his disciples and announces a betrayal. What is remarkable about the incident, is how much in control Jesus is of the situation. He knows about what Judas did; he knows there is a room prepared for him. He knows when and how everything is going to take place; he went to Jerusalem for this ocasion. He is the right man, in the right place and in the right, precise time, appointed before the creation of the world.

John McCLane is always at the wrong place and time, and yet seems to find resources to save the day and himself in the process; his life is always at risk but he ultimately prevails (or as long as the series continue…). Yet, when it comes to Jesus, the surprising thing is that even though he is in control, at the right place and the right time, it is precisely through his own death that he triumphs over evil. The Gospel is madness to this world; it is a story that no screenwriter could imagine. It is the story of the one who controls all things dying for the terrorists who rebelled against him. Good and surprising news…

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