I finally beat him! After a few hours of overcoming eight robot masters, hundreds of enemies and going through a huge castle with skull décor, Dr. Wily was defeated. I breathe a sigh of relief and thankfulness, knowing that it’s over and done. The two hardest parts were fighting the exact same bosses again before having to battle multiple forms of a giant machine (armed with wheels, more skulls, and blasters!).
As I watch the ending of the current Mega Man game (Rock Man in Japan) I’m playing, I know for a fact Dr. Wily will be back. At the same time, I wonder how he escapes? What kind of cheap jail do they keep putting him in? On top of that, why doesn’t Mega Man just blast him and be done with it. Sure, that would go against his morals, but at least threaten him a little? In every single game, he shows up again to do some damage or make Mega Man’s life just that much more difficult.
This shouldn’t be something new if you’ve played any video game series. Haven’t you noticed it’s always the same scenario but the setting is different? The same baddie is loose and the same protagonist must save us all, before it’s too late! It might be in space, a jungle, cave or city, but it’s the same story. Mega Man doesn’t seem to get tired of it, and he refuses to take a day off.
Why doesn’t Mega Man just end his troubles and not let his nemesis escape again. Nobody will blame Mega Man for doing it! Yet he never does, and I think I figured out why…
It’s grace, and the hope that it will grow in Wily’s heart and change him.
What is grace? It’s our second chance, the slap on the wrist, that time when you should’ve got fired but you weren’t. Remember when you messed up and got caught, but they said, “this time is the last time, don’t ever do that again!”.
Yup, that’s grace.
It’s not that we deserve it, because let’s be real, when did you want to forgive someone that did something wrong to you? You may have done it because you knew it’s the right thing to do or to honor God and His word, but a part of you didn’t want to. God gives us the power to forgive, and that’s the only way you will ever be able to receive grace or offer it to others.
16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
Mega Man always seems to accept any hasty bows and sobs of forgiveness from Dr. Wily, even though we all know he’s lying. It’s because of this that we will always see our favorite antagonist return, because we know he’s not going to change. He refuses to mend his ways, even when he tells Dr. Light (Mega Man’s creator, who is also a scientist like Wily) that he has.
Eventually, the series (so far at 10 games strong) does end and we are not sure what happens to Wily. Did he just die of old age, regretting he was never able to beat the Blue Bomber and his allies, or did he quit his evil ways and do some good for once? It’s highly doubtful, as his final creation was Zero, who was made to wreak havoc upon the world in the future. Either way, we can look at Mega Man as an example to always do good, even when we don’t see the results we want. God will always reward those who seek His will and do what is righteous. It’s not easy, and many times seems like a thankless effort, but it’s not man that we are looking for a reward but from our Heavenly Father who loves us.
1 Thessalonians 5:15
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.