If one day a movie were produced about your life, what moment/story would it capture?
If it were limited to around two hours, what events/relationships would it focus on?
Would it be a comedy? A tragedy? A drama? Perhaps some of all three rolled together?
How would it end?
And would people still be interested in your biography 2000 years from now?
My guess would be—and this is certainly true of me—that our largely forgettable life movies would be largely forgotten less than 2000 days after their release dates.
That’s why Shia LaBeouf quipped that “Sometimes I feel I’m living a meaningless life, and I get frightened.”
And Shakespeare observed that life is a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
If this perspective depresses you (as perhaps it should)… then I have fantastic news for you. There was one life that was anything but meaningless, and it is a tale told by eyewitnesses full of grace and truth, signifying everything!
It is the story of the Son of God, and if you are too busy or too weary to read about Jesus Christ in the gospels at this point on your life, you now have a great opportunity to travel back in time on the big screen to witness the most important life ever lived. A new movie, Son of God, from the same dynamic duo production team of Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible mini-series) and her husband Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice) gives us a glimpse into the strikingly radical, relational nature of Jesus’ life and ministry.
How is it that after 2000 years we as a human race continue pondering, debating, conversing, agonizing, and yes, producing films about the God/Man from Nazareth?
There are likely hundreds of reasons, but consider how extraordinary it is that a uneducated carpenter by trade who never accumulated earthly wealth or power, and never traveled more than 200 miles from his birthplace, still stands as the most influential figure in human history.
All the armies that ever marched,
All the navies that ever sailed,
All the parliaments that ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned,
Put together, have not affected the life of man on earth
As much as that One Solitary Life.
—Source: One Solitary Life by Dr James Allan Francis
But this story can’t just be enjoyed as a movie or left to sit on the pages of the Bible. The Son of God has called you to carry on the work He began so long ago:
“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do” (John 14:11-14, The Message).
These words from Jesus hold the key to escaping a meaningless life that is a tale told by idiots signifying nothing. When we get serious about THE Cause and doing the works of Jesus in our little corner of the world, our lives take on an eternal quality.
In other words, when you live to serve Jesus Christ and advance His rule and reign, your “movie” will play on through infinity!
Friends—go check out the Son of God movie, then think about how you have been empowered to carry on His life for the rest of your life.
Can you hear these commands coming from heaven as the eyes of God are upon you.
Quiet on the set…Roll Camera…Ready…Action!
Flashpoint: Ignite Into Action
The Son of God movie is a great opportunity to take our calling to serve Jesus seriously and live it out with passion and commitment. It is also a great chance for you to invite your friends to a film that will introduce them to Jesus.
Accelerant: Fuel for THE Cause
Pray: Jesus, thank You for Your one solitary life, and thank You that it will live on forever. Help us to carry on the work You began 2000 years ago, and lead us into paths of righteousness for Your Name’s sake.
Read: Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Get: Dare 2 Share’s Seeker Websites. Looking for a clear, compelling way to share Jesus’ message with your friends who don’t know Him? Check out Dare 2 Share’s evangelistic websites for seekers, then share the links.
Discussion Guide for Leaders
Big Idea: The movie Son of God reminds us of our calling and gives us a visual of what it means to continue Jesus’ work on earth.
Key Scripture: John 14:11-14
- Will you see the Son of God movie? Why or why not?
- How is it that we can do “greater works” than Jesus?
- In what ways can the Son of God movie help you follow Jesus?
- How can you apply this Soul Fuel to living out THE Cause of Christ in your own life?