Up! Along with being a great movie, the previews for Up define what a good sneak preview is all about.
When I go to a movie, I like the sneak previews - the coming attractions - almost better than the feature film. Why? Because the previews almost always look good. They whet the viewer's appetite, even if the real film later turns out to be a letdown (which, of course, is common). Previews are exciting and fun.
I wonder if Luke thought of chapter 4 of his gospel as a sneak preview? It has so many of the major themes that come out in the rest of the story. Consider all he packs into one chapter:
- The big temptation by Satan
- Jesus' "this is what I'm all about" sermon in the Nazareth synagogue - and the rejection that comes along with it
- Driving out evil
- Healing people
- Preaching Good News