From Risen movie: “What Are You Looking For?”

Risen: Movie Review

I finally got around to watching the 2016 movie, “Risen.”

In one positive review from the Christian Examiner,  Mr. Foust was quoted as writing:

“Michael Foust of the Christian Examiner gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and called it “a detective-type story that is inspiring and moving.” “Yes, Risen is historical fiction, but it’s largely harmonious with the Gospel story, incredibly well-done, and not much different from those Sunday School discussions many of us take part in week to week,” Foust wrote.”

I did notice some re-arranged events (like healing the leper near the sea of Galilee), but overall I thought that the movie was well done.

Crosswalk’s review was OK. Wikipedia’s was more detailed.

For me, the final words of the risen Jesus that he asked of Clavius were quite riveting!

“What are you looking for?

Certainty?

A day without death?

Peace?”

Certainty.   Isn’t that something that most people look for in this life?

Clavius was a person who saw the resurrected Christ, witnessed the “place your fingers in the nail holes” by doubting Thomas, saw the enormous catch of fish that the disciple caught when they listened to Jesus (who was walking along the beach) when he said to throw their nets on the right side of the boat; and witnessed the healing of a leper. However, most impressive for Clavius was likely witnessing Jesus’ ascension back into heaven!

If Clavius didn’t become a believer through these experiences, then it was a refusal of proof of Jesus’ identity which was shown right before his very own eyes!

Thomas was a disciple who needed proof. When he got the physical proof of Jesus’ resurrection through placing his fingers in the nail holes, he said, “My Lord and my God!”

Jhn 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas,[fn] because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

For me, the Bible provides plenty of proof to enable me to have certainty that Jesus Christ is who He says He is – our Savior, Son of the Living God!

Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” We all must answer that question.

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One Response to “From Risen movie: “What Are You Looking For?””

  1. GMpilot Says:

    Clavius was a person who saw the resurrected Christ, witnessed the “place your fingers in the nail holes” by doubting Thomas, saw the enormous catch of fish that the disciple caught when they listened to Jesus (who was walking along the beach) when he said to throw their nets on the right side of the boat; and witnessed the healing of a leper.

    I suppose he must have been out of town, or still in bed, when Jesus went before Pilate, then. Just like the leper and the others who witnessed the miracles, none of them were there to speak on Jesus’ behalf. Given his name, Clavius was almost certainly a Roman citizen; that alone would have had some weight with the magistrate, especially as Jesus was said to be calling for sedition.
    It’s almost as though someone wanted Jesus to die…and I don’t mean the rabbis.

    However, most impressive for Clavius was likely witnessing Jesus’ ascension back into heaven!

    ”Likely”? You mean no one knows?
    Jesus entered this world with only a handful of people to witness it (if the magi arrived that night, they would have had to start out almost as soon as Mary got pregnant–and their origins are alsounknown). When he departed this world, his only reported witnesses were the eleven surviving disciples—and there’s a glaring discrepancy of just when that occurred.
    Luke 24 says that Jesus ascended the same day he resurrected, while Acts 1 says it didn’t happen until 40 days later. Both accounts are accurate, because the Bible is infallible…or so I’ve been told.

    There’s no mention whatever of a Clavius…at least, not just by that name only. He appears to be a quasi-historical figure manufactured solely for the film. So the likelihood of him having witnessed the Ascension drops to zero.

    Certainty. Isn’t that something that most people look for in this life?

    Yes. But certainty cannot be built upon something which is itself uncertain.
    People can be
    certain about a great many things (and often are), but certainty does not mean that it’s true. I can live with a degree of uncertainty, because I know I can’t predict/control everything. But I’d prefer to know if something’s true.

    For me, the Bible provides plenty of proof to enable me to have certainty that Jesus Christ is who He says He is – our Savior, Son of the Living God!

    You have provided no evidence that that certainty is true. You could be just as wrong as you believe that I am.

    Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” We all must answer that question.

    I already have. You don’t seem to like my answer, but it wasn’t your question to ask. Jesus has not yet told me what his reaction is.

    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

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