One of this year’s biggest superhero blockbusters is about the son of a god coming to earth from another heavenly realm. It’s the latest movie in the build up to mega superhero movie: The Avengers. 2011, in terms of heroes, sees Captain America (the First Avenger), young Professor X and Magneto (XMen: First Class) and the return of Po (in Kung Fu Panda 2). But to kick it all off is the long anticipated Thor. From the cryptic post-credits hammer scene at the end of Iron Man 2, we’ve been waiting for the arrival of this son of the king of the gods.
But as Easter draws to a close, having celebrated the triumph of the Godman Jesus, saviour of mankind, sent from above over sin and death; how does Thor, the Nordic mythological god of thunder compare to Jesus? The son of a god, king of Asgard compared with the Son of God, king and creator of the Universe.
Thor was a headstrong warrior, heir to the throne of Asgard and son of Odin: king of the gods. However, in a series of unfortunate events, Thor acts against his father’s commands and ends up banished by Odin himself. His punishment is to be sent to earth until he learns what it means to be worthy.
“Whoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” – Odin
On the other hand, Jesus willingly went to earth with a mission to save mankind from our sins and from death. Jesus did not come to earth as an extraterrestrial visitor from another world or another dimension but was born into a poor family, being completely human as well as retaining His divine attributes. Jesus came to earth deliberately as part of a predestined plan in order to rescue His Father’s prized creation from our self destructive, sinful paths. Thor was sent to earth as punishment by his father. Jesus, the Son of God, did everything in accordance with His Father.
“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30)
Thor saved the day and was seen by Jane Foster as the deliverer of Earth. In a sense; their rescuer or saviour. Thor can only successfully save the small town in New Mexico once he’s proven himself to be worthy, once he’s earned the right to hold Mjolnir (the magical hammer, naturally), once he’s rid himself of his arrogance and become the hero worthy to rule Asgard (his homeworld, of course). It’s the typical story of self-discovery, maturity and earning your stripes. However, when we look at the life of Jesus, we see stark contrasts. Were the mythological Thor earns his saviour status; Jesus always wears it. Jesus is the saviour his whole life. He is born king, He is born God. It is not a man becoming a god and it is not a banished god redeeming himself but it is loving God coming to earth deliberately in order to redeem and save earth.
Thor, sent to earth to learn a lesson from his father and trying to work out how he can make his way home.
Jesus, sent to earth to rescue mankind, the joint decision of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When it comes to Thor verses Jesus, Jesus wins hands down.