The Disney version of Hercules is quite possibly my favorite Disney movie because it’s the story of a kid who is learning the difference between being famous and being a hero. If you’ve never seen it, I’ll give you the highlights really quick.
Hercules is the son of Zeus, Hades is the god of the underworld and we start the movie with his plot to take over the world. Hade’s in a meeting with the Fates (they decide peoples fates and see the future) about his take over and they inform him that Hercules is the only guy who can stop his plan. So, he takes Herc from his crib, makes him mortal and goes on with his plan because he thinks the problem has been managed. Fast forward 18 years. Hades finds out that Herc is alive, has been trained to fight, and is going around trying to do hero things. Hades gets mad, real mad, and starts to order his very best monsters to kill Herc. With every monster Herc beats, he gets stronger, smarter, more confident, and more prepared. In the end, Hercules beats Hades, he gets the girl, and everyone loves him. Yay!
The part of this story that really grabs at my heart is all the monsters Herc had to fight. He was upset that he had to fight them because he was the son of a god, but not any god, the most powerful god! His place was on Mount Olympus, living a lavish life of leisure. Let that sink in, he was the son of a god!
Hercules spends a good portion of the movie fighting off Hades’ monsters and winning every battle (can you think of any monster’s hell bent on destroying you?). After a while, he started getting this confidence in battle because he knew before it started that he was going to win. It reminds me of Jesus, and almost every godly leader in the Bible, like Job, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and all the disciples of Jesus. From the time of Abraham to the Christians in hiding around the world today! If Abraham didn’t have to wait 100 years for his child, he wouldn’t have had the blessings that came with his faithfulness. Job went through trials that only live in my darkest nightmares, but in the end, he was blessed beyond belief. Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane sweating blood, praying that there was another way, but he decided to submit, gave everything, saved us all! If Hades wasn’t sending the strongest monsters for Hercules to fight, he never would have gotten the training that was needed to win the final battle.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9)
t to me, the very best part of this movie is that Hercules does all of this with the help and guidance of a few friends. We do it with the help of the body of Christ (1 cor 12:27), the Holy Spirit (john 14:15-31), and Jesus is interceding for us constantly (john 17:20-23).
We all have battles that we are fighting constantly. No one is immune to spiritual warfare. No one is going to go through life without a few scratches and bruises. In fact, if we look at the Bible’s Hall of Fame, no one is posted up looking perfect and glamorous.
We are not alone! The devil can throw every monster he wants at us because in every battle, God proves he is faithful, and when we learn how to depend on him more, we will grow to be stronger warriors.