Janice’s Letter of the Month

Dear Friends,

It’s not often that we find in the listings films about Jesus. They are few and far between so it was with some surprise that I found not one but two films about Jesus on the small screen over Christmas.

So he (Joseph) got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod (Matthew 2:14-15).

The first film is about the missing years of Jesus and how it was imagined that he became conscious of who he was, not the son of Joseph and Mary but the Son of God. The film was called the Young Messiah. It had a reasonable premise and started out in Jewish community in Egypt with a young Jesus conscious that he was different but no knowledge of who he was. The film centred around the search that continued for the New Born King even after the slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem. Sean Bean is the centurion with the unenviable task of seeking the missing King.

“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make he tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting a guard (Matthew 27:65-66).

The second film is called Risen with Joseph Fiennes as the Roman tribune Clavius who is ordered by Pontius Pilate to find out what happened to the body of Jesus. During a raid through a Jewish enclave, Clavius unexpectedly discovers a seemingly resurrected Yeshua with his apostles in a solitary place. Clavius calls off the search; he disperses his troops without revealing to them his personal encounter with the risen Yeshua.

Clavius assists the disciples in evading the Roman search party; he consequently witnesses the healing of a leper, and then the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Later, communicating his travels to a stranger in a remote dwelling, Clavius acknowledges the vivifying wisdom which he observed through Yeshua, feeling he will never be the same.

What appropriate viewing for Lent. The mystery of the resurrection and what followed after has kept people thinking, seeking and discovering Jesus ever since.

Jesus still provides the opportunity for us to have a personal encounter with Him, but he doesn’t make us believe we are not asked to leave our brains and our senses out of our search. On the contrary he want us to question, debate think through the God question, the resurrection and what happened after the cross.

There is no time like Lent to put our brains into gear, think more about our faith, put our faith in our faith so we can pray and study more, leading us to worship and adore Him.

I hope that you will find time during Lent to come to a Lent group and learn more about your faith and come closer to God.

May God Bless you as you seek to deepen your faith, may the Holy Spirit bless you and guide you through the Lenten period.

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