In Space Jam: A New Legacy, in theatres and on streaming platforms this July, is a liveaction animated sports comedy. A sequel to the original Space Jam starring Michael Jordan, the film combines live action, traditional hand-drawn 2D animation and 3D computer-generated effects.

As NBA star LeBron James discusses summer plans with his young son, Dom (Cedric Joe), he just assumes that his son will follow in his footsteps and go to basketball camp. But Dom wants to attend computer camp and dreams of becoming a video-game developer.

When LeBron insists that his son has potential on the court, Dom replies, “It’s not what I want, Dad. You never let me do what I want to do. You never let me just ... do me.” When a CGI humanoid named Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle) notices Dom’s computer skills and realizes who his famous father is, he tricks Dom into the Serververse, a virtual space he controls. When LeBron goes to rescue his son, he too gets sucked into the Serververse. Once there, Al-G Rhythm tells him the only way to get Dom back is to win a basketball game against the Goon Squad, a team of powered-up avatars of professional basketball stars. Worse still, LeBron’s teammates are Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny and the rest of the notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes.

Can Lebron, Bugs and the Looney Tunes beat the Goon Squad and save Dom? And even if they can, how will LeBron ever be able to form a true bond with his son without basketball at the centre of their relationship?

Falling Short?
When Dom takes off to do his own thing and ends up in trouble, LeBron does everything in his power to save him. That’s what good fathers do.

Every one of us has been in a similar situation. When God created us, He gave us free will, or the ability to make our own decisions. In other words, God allows us to “do us,” even though our choices often get us into trouble. When we find ourselves in need of rescue, God is always there to help us, even when our own bad decisions led us to where we ended up. He helps us even when we’ve made the same mistake over and over again. He rescues us even when we should know better. It’s never too late to call out to God for help.

Ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, humankind has been in need of rescue. Each of us is born into sin and that sin separates us from God. Romans 3:23 says that everyone has sinned and we all fall short of God’s standard.

Sweet Offer
But like the good Father He is, God didn’t want to see His children suffer. He stopped at nothing to rescue us from our sin. He sent His own Son, Jesus, to earth to die on a cross and pay the price for our bad decisions. All we have to do is accept the sacrifice Jesus made. The second half of Romans 6:23 says, “the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (New Living Translation).

It’s an amazing offer. We can trade our sin and shame for eternal life. All we have to do is accept God’s gift.

To make the offer even sweeter, God doesn’t need us to fit a certain mould or follow in someone else’s footsteps in order to gain His acceptance. He created each of us as a unique being and He loves us just as we are. He wants nothing more than to build a close relationship with us.

God offers us forgiveness and eternal life, and all He requires in return is that we believe in Him.

He loves us that much.

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