The trailer for Spider-Man 3 is out. This movie is the third installment of the modern Spider-Man movies. I am not a Spider-Man junkie, but I did enjoy the first two movies. It looks like Spider-Man 3 will deal with Peter Parker/Spider-Man dealing with his darker side. To make the metaphor as clear as possible, the trailer shows Spider-Man being covered in a dark web-like substance that changes his recognizable red and blue suit into a dark charcoal black. It is your classic inner struggle between the evil and goodness within us that has been explored recently in the both Star Wars 3 and Lord of Rings 3. It will be popular, because it deals with this very basic human dilemma of the evil within. Paul describes his struggle with evil (sin) in Romans 7. (Gordon Fee and other New Testament scholars argue that this is Paul describing his life before Christ, but I think it is clear from the context that Paul is talking about his current situation as a New Testament believer.)
Romans 7:13-25 ESV
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
There is a “body of death” within us all. A darkness that perverts and twists all of the godness of God’s creation in us and Jesus is the only hope. “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Paul asks. He then answers his own question: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Jesus is the answer.
I am sure Spider-Man 3 will work its way into many sermons next summer. It opens May 4th. Hopefully, Jenni and I will be able to see it. Our anniversary is May 27th and we normally go out to the movies near our anniversary.