The Right Documentation
ALEX Kidd in Miracle World was the game built-in to the Sega Master System II, which meant you could get right into the action as soon as it was out of the box.
Alex (whose last name is apparently “Kidd” despite often wrongly being referred to as “Alex the Kid”) is a prince and needs to save the kingdom from some bad dudes.
In order to do this, he’ll need to travel throughout the land with the help of a trusty map, punching his way through boulders and enemies, and using items such as the power bracelet, teleport powder and the all-amazing cane of flight.
In Radaxian, they take the Japanese game of Janken (or scissors, paper, rock), very seriously. In fact, Janken the Great is the name of the baddest of the bad dudes.
Though a pretty straightforward platformer, it’s not a walk-in-the-park though, with some areas presenting headaches (swum through that underwater spike maze yet?) and repetitive frustration if a jump isn’t timed right.
But along the way, there is a complex twist.
You have to visit High Stone, the ruler of the Kingdom of Nibana. There’s no way around it - you have to meet him.
If you arrive at his throne without the required letter, he bluntly asks you to leave; no excuses, no arguing, no second chances.
It’s almost a digital portrayal of scenes spelt out in the Bible for those who have ignored God’s word and rejected Jesus.
In warning followers that they need a saviour, Jesus himself spells out what will happen to those who approach the throne of God, still drenched in their sin. God will say, “depart from me for I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23).
In other words, they don’t have the right documentation. The “documentation” in this case is Jesus.
If Alex goes to High Stone with the personal letter found in an earlier stage, he’s welcomed in.
Everyone has the same opportunity to “discover Jesus” and take hold of Him. In fact, He’s actively seeking people out.
Whether they choose to take hold of Him and His promise of Salvation is up to them.
But there will come a point where every individual will appear before Him. Everyone will have to go through that throne room after they die - there’s just no avoiding it.
What happens there will depend on your documentation. Did you accept Jesus’s offer of forgiveness and have your name listed in the Lamb’s Book of Life?
Or did you think you could go it alone? It would be an immense tragedy to have God tell you to leave from His presence.
In Alex Kidd in Miracle World, you find favour not because of what you’ve done, how much money you have or who you are, but simply because you found something.
God accepts you because you have Jesus as your “documentation”, as your advocate who died in your place to forgive your sins.
It’s worth seeking out Jesus before moving to the next stage.
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.”
- Hebrews 9:27-28.