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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Jesus and Jack Bauer

We just finished watching Season Six of 24 a few weeks back and then went ahead and watched Season Three over Memorial Day Weekend.

Caution: This post contains spoilers for both seasons, so you might want stop reading now!

There was much talk about acceptable losses. An "acceptable loss" usually refers to the amount of something you are willing to give up in order to protect a larger something. From the business world "spending money to make money" would be a similar phrase. Unfortunately acceptable loss is used more frequently in regards to war, most recently the war on terrorism. How many soldiers or civilians is it "acceptable to loss" in order to promote the broader outcomes.

In relation to Season Six, the president risked starting a war with Russia in order to save the life of Jack's nephew. And Jack did that several times too. The US was also willing to hand Jack over to terrorists to be killed in order to prevent a nuclear bomb attack in LA.

In Season Three, Tony risked a CTU operation that would have captured a terrorist to save the life of his wife. He then covered it up! If I recall there was actually discussion using the terms "acceptable losses."

Fortunately, in 24 everything wraps up nicely and nothing bad happens to the main characters or to the US! Life isn't always like that, just ask the families of our soldiers or the families of those who have died in Iraq and other conflicts around the world.

What does all of this have to do with Jesus? In some sense, God saw Jesus as an acceptable loss in order to save the billions of lost souls wandering around His earth. Acceptable loss seems like a weird term to use and I'd agree. We are more familiar with the idea that one dies so many may live (Romans 5:15 and 2 Corinthians 5:14f).

When Jesus went to the Cross He carried all of our sins, so that we could have eternal life. The Perfect, Loving, Creator God had to turn Himself away from His Son because God cannot be with sin. (Matthew 27 and Mark 15) Yahweh was willing to sacrifice His son for you and me.

16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." John 3:16-21 NIV
Oh, but don't forget the best part about the story of Jesus...


That's right, Jesus Christ, the one who came to be a sacrifice so that we may eternal life, arose from the dead so that we many spend eternity with Him. He now sits there and vouches for your entrance into the pearly gates if you believe upon Him and carry Him inside your heart!

How exciting!!

Thank you Jack Bauer, and our soldiers for saving the US. But THANK YOU JESUS for saving my soul!

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