Do you remember the movie TITANIC? It is still one of the most popular movies of all time and has enjoyed a repeat run on the television movie circuit and DVD sales? Why? And what is the subtle message the movie conveys?
On the surface, the story seems very noble. A young man rescues a girl from abuse and death, then later sacrifices his life so she can survive the disaster. Rose says of her hero Jack, "He saved me in every way a person can be saved." But it carries a very subtle spiritual message, doesn’t it?
The receipts of this movie are well over a billion dollars and it still brings in significant dollars in DVD sales. The film TITANIC struck a nerve. Millions have seen the movie multiple times. After its original release, writer Terry Mattingly says: "TITANIC has a filled a hole in romance-starved movie-goers."
A major reason this movie has gripped our hearts is that the story points to a longing all of us have. We want to be loved. We want to be rescued from harm. We want to be raised above the pettiness of this world. We want to be saved in every way a person can be saved!
Only Jesus offers all of that and so much more. His love is with a passion we cannot even begin to understand. He gave his life so that each one of us can be saved. He went to the cross so that we might have real joy. His life was lost and reclaimed. In a time when disaster has crushed our bubble of invincibility, let's remember the only true and lasting source of love, rescue, and salvation. His name is Jesus!
... Jesus Christ from Nazareth, the man you crucified, but whom God raised from the dead. ... There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them. (Acts 4:10-12)