Son of God opened in theaters on February 28, 2014 and box office numbers show it to be a great success. After seeing the epic miniseries, The Bible, I knew I needed to see Son of God on the big screen. Son of God employs scenes from The Bible miniseries and adds additional scenes to create the story of Jesus' three year ministry on earth.
Disclaimer: Son of God is a 'No Mascara' event.
Son of God is the life of Jesus told from the perspective of John the Apostle. The story line follows the Gospel of John and despite a few instances of poetic license and small details (like Nicodemus visiting Jesus during the day rather than at night) it is a well done portrayal. The authors claim this is a story told in the spirit of the Book, and there are some scenes where a Biblical scholar would differ.
Yet, for me, seeing the story of Jesus come alive out of the two-dimensional pages of Scripture is a joy. I love His interactions with people and events I read and treasure from Scripture. His calling of Peter and Matthew are vivid. And Jesus tells the story of the Pharisee and the Tax collector during His meeting of Matthew - A powerful dramatization of the heart of the Pharisee who is bucking Jesus' every step and the humble repentance of Matthew as he answers the call to follow Christ.
Son of God shows Jesus' interactions with the woman caught in adultery, the lame man being lowered through the roof, and the feeding of the 5,000 - all of which made me rejoice inside saying, Yes, He is Able to do all things!
There is only one negative to share, though it is purely a cinematic one: The story didn't always flow like a big screen movie, it had a couple of abrupt scene endings reminiscent of commercial breaks. This wasn't a total negative, just an observation to the writers and film editors that I think better transitions could have been employed.
Overall, Son of God is a well done triumph of bringing the life and times of Jesus to the artistic movie world. Our society thrives on visual entertainment and the idea of bringing Truth to people's eyes is awesome. You can't help but leave answering Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I AM?"
Either we are willing to follow Him and accept His forgiveness and hope of eternal life through the cross, or we are like the soldier, Malchus whose ear was healed by Jesus after Peter severs it with his sword during the arrest in the Garden--Malchus appears to continue in His way of following Rome. Though a few times you see him reach up and touch the ear that Jesus touched.
I want to believe if I lived during that time, and if I encountered Jesus in such a powerful way, my life would be changed. Yet, Jesus tells Thomas, "blessed are those who haven't seen, yet they believe." His power and presence transcend time and His message continues to touch and draw lives until He comes again.
So, Go. See Son of God. I'd love to hear your impressions. Seeing the movie will give opportunities to talk with friends, co-workers and others in your world about the greatest events in history. His-Story.
And be prepared to answer, Who do you say Jesus is? And will you answer His call to, Come, Follow Me.
Many blessings on the reach of His message through Son of God. And may it create a desire for people to open His word to read more....
Get the movie soundtrack or a small group study guide just in time for Easter preparations at Amazon.com: