My kids and I are huge fans of the Marvel superhero movies that have exploded over the past ten years. Our favorite, by far, is the Avenger series. How cool is it to see all of our favorite heroes in the same movie teaming up! Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, Thor, etc. If you follow along as well, you know the next big Avengers’ movie is coming out soon, Avengers: Endgame. The Mad Titan, Thanos, destroyed half the world’s population with the snap of his finger by acquiring all six of the infinity stones in the last installment of the series. We have patiently waited a whole year to find out how the Avengers will take revenge and set the galaxy back in order.
In the somber trailer for the upcoming release of Endgame, the superhero Iron Man (operated by billionaire philanthropist Tony Stark) is seemingly adrift in space, while only a matter of days before his spacecraft is void of oxygen. Robert Downey Jr., the actor who portrays Stark, in his farewell communication to his fiancé Pepper Potts, records his thoughts, “part of the journey is the end.”
Every time I watch the trailer, my mind immediately goes to the apostle Paul and his words to the young preacher Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:6-8, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing”(NASB). Notice Paul, who acknowledges his days are numbered, uses the phrase “in the future.” He is not concentrating on the “end of the journey” as one with no hope (Eph. 2:12), but one who has received a promise of eternal life (1 Jn. 2:25) and is looking forward to his spiritual residency (Phil. 3:20).
Does this promise of eternal life sound appealing? Do you want to be as confident as Paul? “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him”(John 3:36). “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned”(Mark 16:16). Let us pray to have a life outlook such as Paul, where the journey is eternal.