Authors: Paul Ellis
Tags: #Chistian Grace
Raven represents fallen humanity. In an earlier film she ran from Charles to Erik only to be
betrayed in this film. Now she has become Cain, a restless wanderer, with murder on her heart.
In the climactic scene Raven is about to assassinate a man who is a key player in the conflict
between humanity and the mutants. Before she pulls the trigger, Charles calls to her:
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Raven, please don’t do this!… I have faith in you, Raven. I believe you are not the kind of
person humanity sees you to be. I’ve been trying to control you from the beginning…
everything that happens now is in your hands.6
Charles’ faith in Raven turns the tide and breaks the cycle of violence and retribution. His act of
love leads to a stunning reversal of all the harm done amounting to a resurrection, not only of
those who died in this film, but also those who died in previous films. It is a jaw-dropping
What can we learn from the X-Men?
The X-Men movie shows us that power—whether defined as technology (represented by a mad
military-scientist called Trask), politics (President Nixon), or superhuman abilities (Magneto)—
becomes abusive when love is absent. Even when our goals are noble, an obsession with
outcomes can blind us to the ugliness of our actions. And when we trust in our own strength
and abilities, we limit our options and curse what we do (Jeremiah 17:5).
Charles, who represents a type of Jesus, shows us a better way. His faith in Raven reflects
God’s faith in us. God does not want to control you, he wants to love you. He wants the best for
you and he is continually calling you towards your destiny.
Raven’s choice is our choice. We can pull the trigger of power and try to make things
happen in our own strength or we can respond to the call of grace. We can try and take the
world by force, or we can inherit it with meekness and trust.
The greatest achievement of the
X-Men: Days of Future Past
is in showing the ultimate
victory of the kingdom of love over the principalities and powers of this world. It’s a good story
because it’s really a Great Story.
And we might say it is a
story. It’s an old story retold with a new set of characters.
Of course, the X-Men movie is hardly unique in this regard. Most movies are remixes of old
stories. Consider the Disney classics
Snow White, Pinocchio, Treasure Island,
. None of them were original Disney creations. They were all old tales that received the Disney
We love remixed stories especially those that remind us of God’s Great Story.
At the start of this book I mentioned the story of the Good Samaritan. At one level that’s a
good story about a good man doing a good deed. But at another level it’s a great story because
6 Bryan Singer (director),
X-Men: Days of Future Past
. 2014. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation: USA.
it’s really about Jesus, whom we did not know, finding us and caring for us after we had been
robbed and left for dead. Religion (represented by the Levite and the priest) did nothing to help,
but Jesus bound up our wounds, paid all our expenses, because he is the true friend who loves
Do you see? Absent grace and the Good Samaritan is merely a good story. It might inspire
you to be good to strangers, but that’s about it. But read that story through the lens of grace and
it becomes a great story of a great Savior. Now we are moved. Now we are inspired. Now we
are asking, “Who is this Jesus who loves me so? I want to know him more.”
When told with grace, the stories, proverbs, poems, and even the commands of the Bible,
lead us to new revelation. They lift us to heaven and lead us to Jesus.
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