I want to publicly say thank you to TWWK for allowing me to be a part of this amazing group of people. I have been a follower for months now, and I thank God for all that’s being done here. I’m happy to be here and will do my best to bring some Japanese gaming posts to the table. My column will consist solely on gaming since that’s what I do! I hope you gain some insight into video games by viewing them through a biblical worldview.
This being my first article, I would like to start by writing a piece on one of my favorite games of all time, and a world-wide classic, Chrono Trigger. I actually wrote a review on it if you’d like to check it out here. To me, this has been by far the greatest RPG I have had the privilege to play. Why? The plot! It has so many twists and turns, the characters have a good development, and it’s not afraid to be dark or even kill off someone. The reason why I chose this topic is because of the sacrifice the main character, Crono, makes in the game.
*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR CHRONO TRIGGER!*
If you’ve played this game, then you know what I’m going to talk about, if not, cover your….eyes? Anyways, Crono gives his life to protect his friends from the onslaught of Lavos, the antagonist. This was controversial because until then, I don’t believe a game had allowed you to continue without the main character. You have the choice to resurrect him or not, but the ending is different of course (another reason why CT is amazing!) but it’s just better if you get Crono back.
Crono never says a word, only shakes his head or nods, that’s it! Not a peep. Yet his actions speak much louder than the noisier characters in the game, who talk a big game but in the end bow before the overwhelming issues in the storyline.
Jesus Christ did the same, standing before the religious leaders of His day. They told Him He wasn’t God nor could He forgive the sins of the world, but His sacrifice and resurrection proved them wrong. His ultimate sacrifice is what kept us from hell, and given us eternal life for those who believe.
Crono did what he did because he wasn’t thinking about his own life, but the life of others. He decided to save his friends who he knew could become strong enough to defeat Lavos and save the future from its calamity in 1999 A.D. He didn’t know that he would be resurrected since that detail wasn’t revealed until after the fact, yet Jesus Christ knew the outcome before He went to the cross. Christ knew that He would give up His life, giving eternal life in exchange for His own to those who would trust in Him and His forgiveness.
Sacrifice is motivated by love
There is no other reason to sacrifice something if not for love. Crono’s friends loved him enough to get the Time Egg (an item in the game) to go to Death’s Peak and bring him back. Unfortunately, we only live once and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27), so there’s no Time Egg for us! Yet, when we do die, regardless of the situation, His love revives us to His presence in Heaven.
We can learn from Crono that sometimes the lives of others are more important than our own. You may be feeling an urge to give a donation to a charity like the one that was done here at Beneath the Tangles, or to another organization. There could be someone that needs your time, your words, or even money. Whatever it is, live a life where you sacrifice on a daily basis. You don’t have to physically die, but sacrifice often costs us something. In the end though, sacrifice is always worth it and the rewards are eternal.