For the sake of full disclosure, I will admit that I am a nerd. I love science and if you mix that up with something fun or interesting, like Thor, it is right up my alley. I’m also a Christian, so my nerdy-Christian mind has been wired to look at things and try and see an aspect of God. It’s my way of fleshing out my ideas and doctrines of God. When I observe something that I can apply to a quality of God in some way, I have given myself another opportunity to understand Him in a new way.
I read an article about how scientists tried to explain how only Thor could pick up Mjolnir, his hammer, while others couldn’t. I won’t get into the geeky details, but suffice to say that they speculated that Mjolnir has a way of determining who is worthy to pick it up. When an unworthy person tries to pick Mjolnir up, they speculate that the hammer emits gravitons equal to the force that is being used to try and move it. Because both opposite forces are equal, the hammer remains at rest. When someone that is worthy comes along and grabs Mjolnir, it doesn’t release any gravitons and so they can pick the hammer up with ease.
As I read that article, found here, I thought about God’s grace. Many people think that God couldn’t forgive them. The sins they have committed are many and they have done some very horrible things. This is where Mjolnir comes into play. The beauty of Mjolnir is that it emitted just enough gravitons to cancel out the opposite force. The Bible says that God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). If a person believes in Jesus Christ, whatever sins they have committed, God’s grace is enough to effectively “cancel out” that sin by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. In other words, if we confess our sins to God, He is faithful enough to forgive and forget those sins (Isaiah 43:25). His grace is a greater force than our sins. Psalm 103:12 explains that God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west, and in Micah 7:19 it says that God hurls our sins into the ocean. God is eager to forgive if we only confess our sins and have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Who is Worthy?
I continued thinking about Mjolnir and about how only someone who is worthy could pick it up. What are the qualities of worthiness? I was thinking about if I would be able to pick up such a hammer. Am I worthy? I would answer no, I would be one of the many who would be considered unworthy. (Although I still would give it a shot and try to pick it up!) Then it made me think, “Who would be worthy?” The conclusion that I came to was Jesus. Jesus is worthy. Jesus is worthy of our worship, our affection and love. He is worthy of our awe and wonder. His life was sinless and God’s seal of approval was ultimately demonstrated by the fact that Jesus is no longer in that tomb. Three days and the Son of God was raised from being a corpse to having a glorified body. In my nerdy-Christian mind, Jesus would be the only one worthy to pick up Mjolnir. No one could ever compare to His love, grace, mercy, kindness, and compassion – not even Thor. In Romans 3:23, it says that everyone falls short of the glory of God. When we aim to meet God’s standards, we all miss the mark. If we want to see the qualities to strive for, we can look no further than Jesus. His worthiness as God in the flesh is something we can aspire to be like, with His help of course. The Christian life is marked with Christ. We should try to emulate who Jesus is. To be His disciples is to learn from Him and His teachings in the Bible. It is how the world will know we belong to Him, we will have His distinct features. Just like a child has the same features of their parents, Christians are called to look like Christ (John 13:34-35). In short, Jesus has all the qualities of worthiness.
What does this all mean? It means that God is eager to forgive us if we only confess our sins to Him. It means that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. Life is not about working to make God love us (He already loves us – John 3:16; 1 John 4:10), it’s about a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. It’s about taking baby steps with Jesus’ help to being more loving, more merciful, and more grace-filled to each and every person we encounter. When you stumble in your walk with God, remember Mjolnir and God’s grace. God is more concerned about your relationship with Him than anything else. Be quick to ask for forgiveness and He will be quick to forgive!