Buzz Lightyear was introduced into pop culture in 1995, the star in Disney’s Animation Toy Story. Like every great figure, Buzz’s catch phrase “to infinity and beyond,” endeared Americans to this small yet larger than life character. The Toy Story series of films has grossed 1.9 billion dollars worldwide, giving a green meaning to infinite and beyond.
If Jesus arrived on the scene for the first time today, He might reference Buzz Lightyear in a modern day parable. With an emphasis toward low information voters, Jesus has a record of meeting people where they are, attracted by pop culture. Subsequently, Jesus might begin with Hollywood to gain the attention and interest of listeners. However, like a flip of the switch, Jesus weaves biblical truth into every story, pointing lost sheep toward eternity.
The One whom Jesus loved was privileged to private access, greater than even Peter. Beyond his own gospel, this disciple added 3 additional letters filled with elements of his conversations with the Lord. Perhaps the most revealing is found in 1 John 5:13. If you hope to experience infinite and beyond, this passage provides the assurance you need. When you add Romans 10:9-10 to this equation, you can boldly proclaim like Buzz Lightyear, heaven is a prayer away from of a world where infinite is beyond human comprehension.
by Jay Mankus