“Son Of God” Movie

Roma Downey, co-producer of both The Bible mini-series on TV and the  Son Of God movie in the theaters, appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to announce that the Son Of God movie is being released in DVD form.

When Son Of God was in the movie theaters, I was treated to a ticket to the movie by my dear friend Kelly. We watched each scene, with tissues in hand, experiencing both joy or sorrow as the movie progressed. Seeing the life of Christ reenacted in such a beautiful way was stunning! However, seeing what Jesus, our Lord and Savior went through for the salvation of our souls is always sad, difficult, and deeply emotional to watch and recall to mind.

I remember seeing  The Passion of the Christ  for the first time in the theater.   The scourging and crucifixion scenes were so brutal, it was very difficult to watch.  I can’t get through the movie without weeping.

Groups of us from church attended the same screening, and as the lights came back on at the end of the movie,  the head pastor walked to the front and briefly spoke about the Gospel; inviting unsaved guests who attended with their Christian friends to come forward to receive Christ and/or ask any questions that they may have had. It was an awesome scene!!! EVERYONE in the theater was sobbing! However, the brief resurrection scene at the end of “The Passion” movie turned our sorrow into joy, just as the Bible said it would.

Note this verse where Jesus told his disciples exactly what would happen regarding their emotions:

Jhn 16:20

“Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

Every Good Friday, I still weep and lament. I see the “world” rejoicing as many in the public arena and media tend to mock, disparage, spew hatred, and try to crush those of Christian faith with lawsuits against religious liberty. Activists with imagined “criminality” charges regarding certain social issues that the Bible condemns, (but secularists celebrate), attempt to eliminate the free speech of those who follow the Word of God. What’s more, they are so emboldened now that they want to take it a step further – to  criminalize, shut down, and even jail those who speak up for the faith. Well, Jesus warned us about that too:

Jhn 15:18

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

Jhn 15:25

“But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ [fn]

Jhn 15:24

“If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.

Jesus was not silent about those who would spew lies. In one of the most devastating statements, He said:

Jhn 8:44

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

 

Jesus was talking about satan – the father of lies. Satan was once a glorious angel of God named Lucifer. However, when he didn’t want to keep his place and worship the Lord thy God, he craved worship for himself instead. Lucifer was cast out of heaven and fell to the earth where he roams to destroy mankind and lead them towards his wicked ways and away from God.

Those who don’t believe that satan exists would be calling Jesus a liar. The Bible, and Jesus himself in the New Testament, both spoke of satan and hell. We are told unequivocally, that hell is real and  is a place to be avoided.

To me, there is no better example of what satan attempts to use in order to get people to “worship” him and sin against God than when Jesus was tempted in the desert.

In Matthew 4:1-11, we read of how satan tried to tempt Jesus away from His mission to save the souls of mankind.

 

Mat 4:5

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,

Mat 4:6

and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” [fn]

Mat 4:7

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ” [fn]

Mat 4:8

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

Mat 4:9

And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Mat 4:10

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, [fn] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” [fn]

Mat 4:11

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

This is where I must write that I thought it was a grave mistake for Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to completely write satan out of the script for the movie, Son Of God. That scene was entirely eliminated from the movie!

Why?

Because the satan character was portrayed in such a way (with make-up etc.) that he ended up resembling Barack Obama!

 

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As you can see from this comparison, the actor (without makeup) doesn’t resemble Obama at all.

 

When the controversy erupted over this likeness during The Bible mini-series, both Downey and Burnett (apparently supporters of Obama) decided that there was “too much satan” in the original account. Therefore, they eliminated all appearances of satan in the movie Son Of God.  Apparently, they didn’t see the resemblance (to Obama) of their choice for the character of satan until thousands of viewers noticed it.

Several days after viewing the movie, I watched the portion of The Bible mini-series where Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert. They did a great job of showing a clip of Jesus sitting with a crown in satan’s court vs. Jesus dying on the cross for mankind. After all, Jesus knew his fate. However, we know that Jesus Christ is crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords at the Ascension into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father! He will be the One (and, the only One who could!) open the scrolls at the End of the Age. What satan tried to offer Him was counterfeit – typical of what the devil does all the time. The counterfeit things that people on this earth “worship” that are not of God and break His Commandments are exactly what the devil wants – so that it will lead them towards worshipping sin, evil, and death which is what satan wants all along.

Personally, I thought that this was a huge error on the part of Downey and Burnett! Just because the character portraying satan looked like Obama wasn’t a good enough reason to write satan out of the script. Because of that decision, the temptation of Jesus in the desert wasn’t even in the Son Of God movie!!

I don’t mean to be critical of this film or Downey or Burnett. But it appeared  to me, and must be very obvious to those paying attention,  as though “political correctness,” once again, trumped the truth of what the Bible teaches about the life of Christ during his three year ministry on earth.  Personally, I see this as a huge mistake.

Other than that snafu, the movie Son of God was excellent!

Of course, no movie portrayal of Jesus Christ will ever be perfect.  However,  this new generation needs to be introduced (and, in some cases, re-introduced) to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Savior and Lord of the universe. It is my continuing prayer that more people, young, old, of every political, social, and religious persuasion, will consider the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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