Today is Good Friday. This is a Western calendar anomaly. Those of you know anything about Easter, that needs to occur after Passover. Passover in 2016 is at the end of April. Without getting into a long conversation about calendars let me assure you that the early church in the original Easter happened after Passover. This is one thing that the Orthodox Church has correct, Greek included. The story of the communion is about the last supper with Jesus and the disciples so if you cannot get them together on the calendar it is a bit off.
But I digress my purpose today is to review the movie Risen. What a good visual to celebrate Good Friday on 2016.
The stark terrain and the brutal life that Jesus chose to appear in was a backdrop for the impact of the culture on the Story of Jesus.
The brutality of the times and the continuation of such in our world today is a motivator of looking into what this Man that Rose is all about. He came and He touched so many, then He died and before He returned to his father He touched many still. He had so much power in His love that the followers of Him continued to do miracles and we see that the true followers are still part of the signs and wonders and miracles of Jesus.
The part of the movie that spoke to me the most was the way they portrayed a personal savior, one of real relationship. He hugged and comforted the men and the truth was that He knew their needs before they asked including the newest believer. The human politic aside and the details of how we get most things off is that God’s son came to proclaim His love and take on the retribution for our lives to become righteous through Christ. A simple yet complex idea. In the movie they said you have seen Him but what faith of those that have not seen Him. I tell you today if you ask and wait and pray you can see Him today. He is really there. If you want more information contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Good movie Risen.
Celebrate Easter two times this year to get the idea of the Gift of Jesus.
Yesterday , we went to the 11:30 movie on a Monday morning. At the AMC theatre in Kennesaw, GA are cheaper before noon, I did not know that, so for the great price of $5.65 we got to go see an amazing movie.
Christians have been asking for better movies that appeal to them and their families. We need to support movies like this and am happy to say that this movie beat out some other less noble over two weekends. Maybe the movie makers will get the message. There has been prophecies spoken about God infiltrating all the areas of culture including entertainment, His message will remain. At least the growth of Christian themed movies has begun. Today film is a major way to influence culture.
The story was good. The subject was valid and timely. We need to know how to pray. The great good news of Prayer is that we get results. Much of the doom and gloom in the news and even in the eschatology circles have only one solution to the noise. In the book of Acts they asked in chapter 2 what must we do? Why do I know this (God is allowing me to be aware) and what does God want me to do with this knowledge. This is a valid question for a follower of Jesus today. In relationship with Jesus it requires a deep connection to believe you can hear instructions. The Bible says we need to be obedient but if we don’t have assignments what are we obeying. The scriptures have measures for success in this but the true daily walk requires Him to be a lamp unto your feet. (Psalm 119:105 , John1:14 ) showing you the next step. Most frequently my instructions include prayer.
I read voraciously about what others are hearing and understanding from God and in this day of great sharing we can learn from others. It is confirming to me when the Lord is speaking similar things to other people. Not that our assignments should be the same but it seems He does have many in the army working toward the same goal and many different operatives doing similar things.
Prayer is a weapon in our warfare and if you don’t know we are in a war I will address that later in another post. The story is told through the eyes of a small family. Not only do they capture your interest because they are not perfect., but we see that there is an answer to their struggles. It is good that the expectation of the individual was not always what God was doing and we need to ask for a hint at Gods vies. Graham Cook teaches that understanding how Jesus is interceding (Romans 8:34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. NIV)
for us helps us know how to pray within God will.
In two hours they touch on many common Christian issues and give some beginning direction to start.
The Bible is full of instructions on prayer. This movie brings to a new generation the concept that success is more likely with a strategy.
The story is realistic and the point of many things are well made with shallow but humorous jokes. The acting has improved from earlier films by the same group as some of the Christian movie makers are getting better.
The slip of the husband is shown with spiritual adultery where he almost touches the friends hand, and then he gets sick. Meanwhile back “at the ranch” His wife is praying. Maybe that would happen. Sometimes when we need it we are allowed to sin and consequences help correct. The point was that a praying spouse (praying the way Jesus is praying) can make an impact. The wife did not pray for God to fix her husband, but support him and help him be more like Jesus. She repents and learns to fight in prayer the real enemy that we have. It also about praying blessing and extending grace. The movie focused on the message that Jesus came for the world. He is about love and grace when it is not deserved. As we are called to walk after Him we need to have prayer to even come close.
I do know that a room for the act of prayer can be a great way to be sure that prayer is happening. I know distractions are so many that this closet concept is a great one for us to separate ourselves and have that intense connection. For me prayer is that but also an ongoing conversations with my best friend and complete counselor. I find He will correct me when I temper my emotions enough to listen. The other day I was a bit angry at my husband for not fixing my Sunday breakfast. For a while my husband made a tradition to fix Sunday breakfast meal and we went to church at night. When we switched to am services on Sunday the breakfast thing quit and my husband in our busyness quit fixing any meal. Talking with Jesus as I entertained self pity, I heard Him say for me to fix toast for my husband that morning (what he prefers when in a hurray). So my prayer was not for my husband, but I got an assignment. I have learned the hard way that it is much easier long term obey. So I did. My rebellious spirit though had to tell my husband that he would not have toast if Jesus hadn’t told me to do it and that I was angry not having him cook anymore. Pretty sure that was not part of my assignment from Jesus but I added my own idea. God is a redeemer and I think He will use my blessing my husband and my stupidity both to work His plans. So I repent a lot, and Jesus keeps giving me assignments . Sometimes I see great results with them and other times He stays hidden and builds my faith that I know He is working and answering prayers.
Open up to the best connection in this life, and that is making prayer a real part of your life. You will not be sorry. Let Jesus guide you in how and what to pray, and the ride will not stop satisfying .
May you learn the gift pray will become to your existence forever. God bless you with the connection that is real and enjoyable and funny and ever satisfying.
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