What the ‘Son of God’ Movie Is (and Isn’t)
By Eric Metaxas
Last year the History Channel struck gold with its “Bible” miniseries, a dramatization of selected sections of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. It was the most-watched entertainment telecast of 2013, drawing a record-breaking 14 million viewers on the night of its finale, and moving over a million copies within weeks of its hard release.
And now, some of the material used in the series—specifically the sections covering the gospels and the life of Jesus—has been re-cut and with additional footage will soon be hitting theaters as the feature film, “Son of God.”
A few of my BreakPoint colleagues have already attended screenings, and I’m encouraged by what I hear. While the miniseries drew some criticism from some pastors and Christian reviewers for taking some creative liberties with biblical details, I’m told the movie respectfully portrays the life of our Lord, His sacrifice on the cross, and His Resurrection.
Based on the events described in the gospels of John and Matthew, this condensed daily_commentary_02_28_14interpretation explores characters often given short shrift in Hollywood, like Nicodemus, Matthew and Mary Magdalene. And players who’ve suffered from one-dimensional portrayals in the past—like the High Priest Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate and Judas—are given motives that make sense.
Most importantly, Jesus’ claims are made explicit. The movie opens by quoting from John chapter 1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And as we watch the birth of Christ, we hear, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” When asked by the Sanhedrin whether He is the Son of God, Jesus replies without hesitation, “I am.” Indeed, the very title of the movie leaves no doubt about that. Director Christopher Spencer gives us, as C. S. Lewis said, the Jesus who is either “lunatic, liar, or Lord,” and offers no “patronizing nonsense about his being a ‘good moral teacher.’”
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