Challenge of the Star-Hunter
Adam returns to Rann by the Zeta-beam. This time he tricks some guys into thinking he’s accomplished the old rope-to-nowhere trick. When he arrives, he’s met by a delegation of Rann leaders. They announce that a weird alien has threatened to conquer Rann if they don’t send a representative.
And guess who they’ve chosen? That’s right. They pick the human alien that’s only visited their world four times so far.
But Adam accepts and is actually the champion of Rann for the first time. This title will stick with him for years and years to come.
Alanna elects to accompany him on his journey. The weird alien picks him up and delivers him to his own world. The alien, Leothric, reveals that he is the only survivor of his race, still alive because of a screw-up in his cryogenics experiments one million years ago. He’s also trapped on his world. Bored, he devised these ‘greatest game’ scenarios where he picks up a champion of a given world and hunts them, holding their world as ransom.
He even grew bored of hunting them, so now he’s set up this new game where he brings a world’s champion and lets them hunt him as he changes shape and hides in the jungles and deserts of his world.
The champion has to find Leothric and hold a special ring against him. The ring will force him to revert to his true form. Then the hero can return home and his world will be spared.
One man stands between an entire species and certain doom. Sound familiar? If you’ve read any of my other articles, it should. This is the story we tell over and over again and it reflects that Greatest Story of Jesus Christ standing between us and a very real and certain doom.
Before he was king over all of Israel, David was a shepherd boy. He wasn’t the son of the king or anything. He was a stranger to the court until he was selected to be the king’s musician. In his most famous story, he stood before Goliath, both serving as champions of their respective peoples. Goliath was a giant and fearsome warrior of the Philistines and David was a young, untested new warrior of the Hebrews. Whoever won this mano-a-mano would secure victory for their people. And the people wouldn’t have to do anything. They watch and if their guy wins, they go conquer the enemy. If their guy loses, they get conquered.
So David throws the stone with his sling and nails Goliath in the forehead, knocking him down. Then David runs over and cuts the guy’s head off with (how humiliating) his own sword.
Everybody knows that story and most people probably see themselves in the role of David – facing some great obstacle with very limited resources. “All we have are the stones around us,” and “We have to face the giants in our life,” and “If you have faith you don’t need to wear armor when fighting giants,” and other bits of terrible advice.
We automatically envision ourselves as the hero of any given story. But most of the time, like in the Adam Strange story and in the David and Goliath story, we’re the guys on the sidelines.
We’re the Hebrews who get to win just by watching the fight. We’re the Rannians who get to live just by sending Adam Strange to do our dirty work. It all comes down this: Are we the unlikely hero who secured salvation for our followers or is Jesus the unlikely hero who secured victory and salvation for all his followers?
These stories aren’t about us. They’re about Jesus. David stands for Jesus. Adam stands for Jesus. I don’t have to face the giants (like David did) or reveal the serpent for who he really is (like Adam did) – Jesus did all that for me!