In my childhood years I was an avid comic book fancier. My favorite characters were the Ironman, Thor and Captain America. Superman was all the rage. But my heroes, who formed part of the Avengers, were always my mainstay. From 2012 to 2019 we saw a bevy of Avenger movies. The Avengers, The Avengers Age of Ultron, The Avengers: Infinity War and finally, The Avengers: Endgame that blew away all theater competition as well as the movie fans.
Notably, Tony Stark was the genius, billionaire playboy; who had the knack of always upsetting the rest of the crew. Either by arguing to be right, creating monstrosities by accident, or being an undercover spy in his own organization. However, whenever called upon, he always managed to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat, when they needed a right now solution. And through a twist of fate, on each mission, he somehow managed to come back alive. Yet the Ironman backstories revealed his conversion from a self-engrossed playboy, who was almost killed by his company’s weapons of war; to a man who sought peace—in love with his assistant, Pepper Potts, planning a family and a future. They were married, had a beautiful daughter, Morgan, and were happy for seven years. A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV)
In the Age of Ultron, it is obvious that Tony is trying to find a solution—bringing everlasting peace and an end to the Avengers. He says, “That would end the team. Isn’t that the mission? Isn’t that the “why” we fight, so we can end the fight, so we get to go home?” But there was just one problem; those darn Infinity Stones last seen in Thanos’ possession. And in Infinity War we find half of all life in the universe disintegrated by Thanos. Have you ever been in a fight for your life and ended up somewhere over the rainbow on the darkside? We must realize that all wars are not won overnight—some battles are, but the war rages on. This is why we must fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12)
In the Endgame, the Avengers discover, by using quantum physics; they can travel through time and undo what Thanos has done by regaining the Infinity Stones. These stones were not attained without some sacrifice. Namely, the Black Widow, who sacrificed herself for the Soul Stone. Thus wiping out the ‘red on her ledger’. I returned and saw under the sun that—The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NKJV)
This time, the final war is fought, an Armageddon; in Upstate New York. Thanos and his army are losing ground, until he overpowers Captain Marvel, regaining the Infinity Stones. Ironman steals them back and uses them to disintegrate Thanos and his army with a snap of his finger. But, at the cost of his own life. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13 NKJV)
We all must face the inevitable—whatever the greatest battle is within our minds. But it is in that one moment we must decide are we going to live for ourselves or for Christ. Isn’t that the mission? Isn’t that the “why” we fight, so we can end the fight, so we get to go home?
What will your Endgame be?
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