“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-19
The other day I figured out why I love tough-guy-blow-everything-up movies. I used to think it was some deep-seated male desire to be a superhero, or at least a hero. That may be part of it. As John Eldredge says, all men want to know they have what it takes. This is even deeper, I believe.
The best example I can think of is Taken, the movie where Liam Neeson plays a retired spy. His daughter is kidnapped by sex traffickers and he has 96 hours to find her. The rest of the movie is basically the father unleashing his wrath on the demons that took his daughter, all in an effort to rescue her from the hell where she is being held captive. It is a near-perfect picture of God’s ferocious love for his children and the hell Jesus went through to set us free.
That is why I love these movies – Taken, Act of Valor, the Rambo movies. There is something deep within me that knows that, on a certain level, this is my story. I was the prisoner who was set free.