Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the third of Spielberg’s classic adventure stories. Jones, played by Harrison Ford, has been looking for the Holy Grail. Now he must pass through a series of challenges with only the barest clues of a riddle to protect him.
Jones made it through the first challenge of swinging blades. Now he’s stumped. He’s standing at the door of a cave that leads to a sheer cliff. Two lion’s heads carved from stone flank the doorway. Indy is squatting at the mouth of the cave with the abyss beneath him. Across the chasm, we see a cave door. The grail must be in that door. But how does he get to it?
The canyon is too far to jump. It’s too deep to climb down and then climb back up. What to do? Jones is quietly reciting the pieces of the riddle.
“Leap from the lions head . . . leap from the lions head . . . leap . . . leap . . .”
He knows about the lion’s heads. He’s standing beside them. But what does it mean to leap.
“Leap of faith.” Indiana Jones quickly steps to the top of the stone lion’s head, shuts his eyes, and steps into thin air.
To everyone’s surprise he only falls about three feet. Jones grabs a handful of sand and casts it out to reveal that he’s standing on a stone bridge that leads to the far side of the canyon and the door to the grail. It was an optical illusion. You couldn’t see the bridge until you took the leap of faith.
Life is like that. Sometimes you come to a point where you can’t see the way. Like Indiana Jones your brain searches for an answer. “This thing is too big for me. I can’t scale it. I can’t jump it. I can’t do it.” “Still, I must get to the other side, but how?” We recite the fragments of truth that God has given us, “Leap . . . leap . . . leap of faith.” The only way across is to close your eyes and step out onto thin air.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)