Blog – 2/19/2020
Love and Friendship
We all have favorite television shows or movies. Back in the 1980s, I was totally hooked on the Rocky movies. I was so into them I saw Rocky II at the movie theater 22 times. That’s right, 22 times. (I was working the night shift at my retail job, and I always went to the matinees. It only cost $1.25 back then.)
Like most people, I was really into the Star Wars movies, especially the first three, and now the last three. And don’t even get me started on Marvel movies. I am crazy for the Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, and of course, when Spiderman is with the Avengers.
I’d have to say the first Syfy series that I really got into (although I did watch the Adventures of Superman in the late ’50s and early ’60s) was Star Trek. The television show was only on for three years, but it forever changed how Syfy series were approached, developed and filmed.
When the first Star Trek movie came out, I was there with my wife at the midnight showing opening night. I remember the film began with several ships on the screen, which were recognizable from the original series. As those ships came into view on the screen, you hear the entire theater say, “Klingons.”
I was hooked. I loved all the original Star Trek movies, the fifth one not so much, and I thoroughly enjoy the new ones released in the last two decades.
Let’s get back to the original Star Trek movies, in particular the 2nd film, “The Wrath of Kahn,” In it, Mr. Spock dies of radiation poisoning after saving the ship and the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
His words to Captain Kirk, through a transparent wall of a radiation containment room, were quite touching:
Captain Kirk: Spock you saved the ship
Spock: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.
Spock again to Kirk: You are and forever shall be my friend.
Powerful words. It’s funny how a Syfy movie can somewhat imitate real life or even touch on a belief system.
Rocky and Apollo Creed became friends. For all their banter and arguing, Captain America and Tony Stark were friends. Kirk and Spock had a special friendship that transcended traditional ones.
God sent His Son Jesus to us, because our needs, our salvation was that important to Him.
His love for us outweighed and still outweighs anything we can think of or comprehend.
And so God’s Son Jesus came to earth and totally gave of Himself. Jesus taught He healed, He showed compassion, and He served mankind.
Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice, Himself, His earthly body. He allowed Himself to be humiliated, tortured and put to death because of His love for us. Jesus loves us because He wanted and wants a personal relationship with us because He wants us to see, to understand what true love and friendship is.
Jesus is our friend, nothing can change that or the fact that He loves us.
Take some time soon, and talk to your friend (Jesus), and thank Him for putting you ahead of Himself. And then think, who do I need to put ahead of my own needs and wants in my life?
That’s what friends do.
Blessings on your day
Joe Guagliardo (Joe G)