On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we don our battle suits and rally against the Mimics as we find Christian themes in EDGE OF TOMORROW. Is William Cage’s ability to respawn from death and learn from his mistakes an example of Grace? Or, is it an example of taking up his cross daily? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!
SPOILER ALERT: This episode and the following blog post contain spoilers regarding the film’s plot. If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want anything to be spoiled, do not continue until you’ve seen the film.
There’s Power in the Blood
The story of Edge of Tomorrow is one of transformation. William Cage transforms from a coward who resorts to blackmailing his superiors in order to keep from fighting to a hero who is able to make the right choice at the right time no matter what…even when it costs him his life.
While Cage’s actions are Christlike in their sacrificial nature, Cage is not a Christ figure; instead, he is like a believer who has been saved by Christ’s blood and has thus been enabled to continue to live his life by making the right choices every step of the way.
Upon his first death, Cage is not a hero, he is just lucky. As he is resting in the defeat of a pawn mimic, a much larger mimic called an Alpha rounds the corner. Not having any ammo left, Cage seeks out a better solution and finds one in an explosive device that reads “FRONT TOWARDS ENEMY.”
When the Alpha notices and charges Cage, the latter grabs the bomb and detonates it, killing them both. But something strange happens: the Alpha’s blood and Cage’s blood intermingles, and before we know it, Cage wakes back up at the platform.
We later find out that the Alpha’s blood and its intermingling with Cage’s own blood is what gives Cage an extraordinary ability: respawning after death. From this moment on, Cage respawns on the platform every time he dies.
Because he now has this ability he is able to literally learn from his mistakes and avoid them once he’s given a second chance. Eventually, he is able to destroy the Omega and restore peace, and it is all because he was given chance after chance to make the right choices.
This idea of being “covered by the blood” and thus “enabled by the blood” plays heavily into understanding what having a relationship with God through Jesus is about.
When the Levitical law says that the “life of a creature is in its blood” (Lev. 17:14), it means it. Liquid blood carries gaseous oxygen to everything in the body that needs it to survive (image of God, anyone?).
What fascinates me personally is the fact that we can turn that law back onto God; God’s life, then, is in His own “blood,” that is, his only begotten Son. And as Jesus points out at the Last Supper, His blood “confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.” (Matt. 26:28).
Just as the Alpha’s blood enables Cage to keep repeating his actions until he gets them right, the blood of Jesus enables us to learn from the experiences of our owns sins, crucify them, and move on to make the better choice for next time.
I’ll let Brother John close it out for us:
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
- NEW STAR WARS TRAILER!
- (According to Michael, this was the only news piece that mattered).
- (I would disagree; the new Batman v. Superman trailer is pretty cool, too.)
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