Christian filmakers are gathered in San Antonio this week for the annual Christian Film Festival. As I think of the creativity of the young men who are making movies that depict the truths of God in real life I remember years ago when I thought that what we are living in this world is but a movie. At first I considered it a movie of our own making, but since then, in discovering the sovereignty of God, my thoughts have turned to the idea that it is His movie and not ours. (As you read the following, please forgive any of this weak-minded professor’s thoughts with which you may disagree.)
We are but members of the cast that He has planned and created for His own purposes. The plot is His. He is the producer, His Holy Spirit the director, Jesus Christ the lead character. The script is written around Him. The script ~ the Scripture ~ is given to those whom He has cast.
The opening scene is darkness in which He shines His own Light. He arranges the scenery of the heavens and earth, then the characters in their places. From there the plot is set. The Light will always be rejected by the darkness. The prince of darkness will through every episode be at war with the goodness that comes from the prince of Light. Throughout the Scripture that He has written there is the antithesis. Every character in his place is with or against the Light revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ. As all are relegated to the darkness through the disobedience of the first character Adam, God reveals His plan to deliver some, so as to show His power and His mercy.
The most poignant scene is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; the suffering that is prophesied and fulfilled in His death is the means of victory over the prince of the darkness (Jesus came to live in the darkness in order to deliver His people from it). It is the central point of the story; that by His resurrection from the dead He will bring those who believe in Him, and follow Him, to their new home with Him, and to a heavenly Father, who is the unseen power behind all that is happening.
In the remaining scenes we see His people continuing in a warfare with the prince of darkness. Their Prince of Light has gone on to make preparations for their arrival; but He must prove them as His “children of light:” so through the wilderness of the world ~ that was depraved when man first sinned against the Creator ~ His people fight the good fight, contending for the faith that was given through His Son, Jesus Christ. They must go the same way He did, through the trial and tribulation of this world.
We each have our part. We must know it; study and memorize the Script(ure); and practice it as we are directed by His Holy Spirit. We must interact with the other characters; gather with them each week for the rehearsal of that great day for the last scene. What a spectacular ending (or should we say beginning) when all things, both in heaven and earth, shall be gathered together as one, in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:10)
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them
in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18