I went and saw Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. I went in with pretty high expectations because A) I really liked the trailers and B) Marvel Studios films have hit pretty much home runs in my book with their films. And while I will not spoil the movie, I will say it met the expectations. It was a home run too.
One part that stood out in the film happened while the five main characters (Peter Quill aka Star Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot) are sitting together and trying to plan how to get back the orb that holds the Infinity Stone and the group is arguing about coming up with a plan and such. At one point, Peter looks at everyone and says “We’re a bunch of losers.” He says this and everyone kinda looks at him funny but before they say anything he continues. “We’ve all lost something or someone.” He points out how each character has lost something and how that has affected them. It becomes a sort of rallying point and they come together with a plan to stop the bad guys and save the day.
After the movie, that idea of loss stuck in my head. I’m a loser because I have lost things. I’ve lost people through the course of my life. And those losses have affected me. Loss is a given in a fallen world. Before the Fall, there was no loss but once sin entered the world, loss came with it. We all encounter loss. We’re a bunch of losers.
But what’s awesome is that God understands what loss is. Because of Jesus, he interacted and encountered loss. We see this clearly with what happened with the death of Lazarus in John 11:1-46. It clearly says that when Jesus finds out that Lazarus is dead that he wept. Jesus wept. He mourned the loss of his friend. But the awesome thing is not only that Jesus understands loss, is that He overcomes. The rest of that story is that Jesus brings Lazarus from the dead. There is hope.
The Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t a bunch of well known superheroes. They’re not your typical good guys. They’re kinda like us. They’ve experienced loss. But they don’t let that define them. Our losses should not be all that define us. That’s what’s awesome about following Jesus. He knows what loss is about and is able to comfort us and grieve with us when we lose but give us hope for the day when there will be no more losses. That is something worth fighting for.