“I am Legend” & our need for Grace:
I Am Legend:
“I am Legend” came on TV last night and I caught the tail end of it. I’ve seen it before, so the end was no surprise, but this time, as I watched it I was reminded of a biblical truth. This truth many dislike, and many misunderstand, but it is truth none the less. I went to bed thinking about it, and woke up thinking about it.
Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a survivor of a virus that degenerates those infected by it into pale, bald, aggressive beings called “Darkseeker” due to their aversion to light. Robert is attempting to find a cure for the virus, and at the end of the movie discovers he has. The anti-virus is in his blood. We have the perfect setting. Robert, with his blood, a room full of darkseekers, and plenty of medical equipment to administer the anti-virus to them, thus curing them. Robert stands there, arms outstretched, pleading with the darkseekers. He tells them that he can cure them, if they will let him. The response to this good news is total rejection. It’s as if they don’t even comprehend his compassionate offer to them. The lead darkseeker, charges the bullet proof glass that is between him and Robert with full force, using his own body as a battering ram (these darkseekers stop at nothing, even the destruction or their own bodies, to fulfill their pleasure). Robert sees that his please are not going to be heeded so he draws a vile of his own blood, and hands it to a woman and child who he is helping to escape. He stays behind so the dark seekers will not continue to pursue the woman and child, giving his life for theirs.
That’s an extremely brief, and pathetic, summation of the end; but I justify it as I have provided the clip for you to watch yourself (they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words). Before you do I want you to see what I saw as I watched it.
- Man, in his natural born condition, is dead to God; yet we are very much alive to sin, bound in it even. Just as these “zombie” creatures were dead, but not dead. We hate the light and will not come to the light because our deeds are evil; these living dead creatures were called “darkseekers” for their aversion to light – they hated it and lurked in the darkness. We destroy our own selves because we are enslaved in sin, and gladly obey our fleshly lust, regardless of the damage to ourselves and others; just as the darkseekers pursued Robert at all costs. So as you watch, and you see the darkseekers, may you see yourself in them.
- Robert had the cure to the darkseekers plight in his blood! The blood of Jesus Christ is the remedy for mankind’s sinful, condemned condition.
- Robert was pleading with the darkseekers to accept his offer of the cure, yet they rejected it – EVERY ONE OF THEM DID! They didn’t even stop to consider it, they just hated him and wanted his death.
- The darkseekers needed more than just an offer, as long as they were darkseekers they would reject Robert’s offer.
As you watch the clip I hope you see a picture of your own depravity. I meet so many people who deny that they are really dead in their sins. They fight for their right to control their destiny. They can’t stand the thought that the salvation of men is not ultimately up to the individual but up to God. They think that Jesus merely died for the possibility of saving every single living human being; that He died to try to save us, but the success of that also depends upon our letting Him save us by choosing to believe in Him. It’s as if dying was God’s job and deciding to believe is ours. They see the offers of Christ to lost men as a 1 to 1 illustration of Robert’s plea to the darkseekers. Robert wanted to save them, but couldn’t because the darkseekers wouldn’t let him. If this were the way Scripture presents the work of redemption then the end will be exactly like this movie – none of the darkseekers would be cured – they all just die. So as you watch the lead darkseeker filled with hate and longing to destroy Robert, see yourself and the attitude you naturally have toward God. As you see Robert offering salvation to these creatures and it falling on deaf ears, then know that this is exactly the condition of every lost man. And as you see how hopeless your situation is, remember Ephesians 2:1-7 “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. ”
Watch the clip paying special attention from about 1.29 min into it and on. (If it doesn’t stream then click the phrase in the viewing area to go to youtube and watch.)
By HIS grace, no longer a darkseeker!