Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each month, Lucerne Community Church has a movie night where we get together for food and fellowship to watch a movie with each other. The movies are typically inspirational Christians movies. Yesterday, we watched Risen, directed by Kevin Reynolds.
The setting of the movie is in Israel during the time between the death of Jesus Christ and the days before Pentecost. The perspective is from a Roman tribune, or military commander, as he investigates the disappearance of Jesus from the tomb. While watching the movie, the Holy Spirit moved my heart and wholly inspired me.
Why I Needed to be Inspired
Over the last couple of years, I have been slowly studying the Bible, theology, and Christian history. All of this has culminated in this website. But the downside of studying of theology is the potential for the heart to become disconnected from the intellectual pursuit. Words, such as faith, hope, and love, lose meaning as they are lost in an infinite, regressive cycle of analysis and interpretation. At these times, we need something to jolt us back into reality. This is a pattern I find myself often following.
Because of my studies, I read, listen to, and watch a lot of debates. Some of them are debates among Christians. Some of them are debates between Christians and followers of other religions or secularists. Sometimes the debates are cordial. Sadly, the debates typically are not. I am exposed to a lot of bitter and insulting conversations in my pursuit for more understanding. While I hope to then be able to share what I have learned with others in a positive and uplifting manner (so that they aren’t unnecessarily exposed to the polemic rhetoric), the negativity still affects me.
How Risen Inspired Me
As I watched Risen, the Holy Spirit used the story to moved my heart back into reality. Jesus Christ rose from the dead! I don’t mind that there are many people in the world who would think that I am crazy for saying that. Many people would even take exception to the association of Jesus rising from the dead with the concept of reality. However, I am confident. Jesus Christ rose from the dead!
God the Son, who I love and desire to honor with my life, became human, lived a sinless life, suffered and died on a cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Furthermore, My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is preparing a place for all who love him. He will return again for us to live an everlasting life of peace, joy, and love with him. Because of the work of Christ, evil is defeated, and sin is atoned for. All who confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus Christ is Lord will be saved. This is the Good News; this is the Gospel.
The Gospel fills me with peace and joy. The Gospel gives me rest. I am renewed. The movie was a great reminder of this simple truth that I had neglected.
May the Holy Spirit inspire you in the faith as he has inspired me. Moreover, may the Holy Spirit keep us eternally inspired.