The Young Messiah : A Movie Review
Many Christians know their Bible and the stories that are told! From Old Testament stories of Adam and Eve in the Garden to Moses and the Red Sea, Christians everywhere will have no trouble recounting the stories.
Songs and movies have been written about these stories so that we can teach our children through visual means. Heroes of the Bible is made for parents to share with their children. It is a wonderful way to connect with the Christian heritage we wish to impart to our children and a great way to spend a Sunday evening too!
There is a movie out in 2016 that just might make a great fodder for some debates! The Young Messiah screenplay is adapted from the original novel titled: Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, by Anne Rice.
|If you are wanting to read the book just use the link in blue above, I have not read the book yet, but I am really interested in making the comparisons.|
The Young Messiah is a work of fiction, but it does make a Christian think about the ramifications of the whole Nativity Story and the unknown life of the young child named "Jesus". I'm sure many of you have asked yourself these questions about Jesus:
1. What happened during Jesus's young life? Why do we know nothing until his Baptism in the Jordan?
2. How did his earthly parents explain Jesus or their understanding of the Messiah, to their young son?
3. When did Jesus become aware of who He was?
4. How do Mary and Joseph protect the child, that should have been killed in Bethlehem?
5. How many atrocities has the young Jesus seen and been subject to during their time in exile and their return to their homeland?
6. What happened during those years that we know nothing about?7. Is there anywhere to find out about those years between his birth and His public life? And is it important for us to know?
There are a few things that we know from History and that is that Jerusalem and the Surrounding areas of Nazareth, Bethlehem and Galilee, at the time of Jesus' birth were all under the rule of Herod the Great. When they returned from Egypt, Herod Antipas (the Great Herod's son) was the ruler in Galilee. He was as vile and dangerous as his father before him. So Israel, the promised land was not a safe nor an easy place to live. Romans still held power to do as they pleased. It was a brutal time in history especially for the Jewish people.
Let me be clear, in this adaptation of the Early Life of Jesus, there are many parts that are imagination and drama. There are no written words that give us the truth of His early life. In this adaptation, the screenplay uses the devil Satan to tempt others into playing a part in the attempts to kill Jesus. Herod's son is aware that Jesus lives, but has no idea who this Jesus is. They always seem to get close to getting their hands on the child, but something always thwarts their efforts. Mary and Joseph as his earthly parents show their undivided love and loyalty to the promises made to both of them in the Old Testament. Mary his mother and Joseph his step-father, are keenly aware that Jesus is different from the other children. That he is "special" and neither of them knows just how to explain or accept that their lives are even more difficult because of Jesus and His relationship with God. Yet they also know and accept with totality that God will in every case look after His Son. But what happens when the Boy Jesus starts to ask questions that every child asks?
This is a great movie to start some dialogue with your family or your faith group. It leaves you asking a lot of questions and faith grows with asking those questions and seeking the answers too!I hope this season leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will find time to watch this movie or read the book, either way I'm sure that you will be asking lots of questions when you are finished. The last line in the movie says it all....Father I am Your Child. And we can say the same thing too! If you believe.
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