I don’t normally go to see movies at the theater.  I think the last one I saw was the newest Star Wars movie, back over Christmas break.  But last night I ventured out into the freezing tundra with my core group to sit in a theater for two hours and watch a movie about the one thing in our lives that matters: Jesus.

It’s called Risen, if any of you are wondering.  Historically, everything pretty accurate.  Biblically, it gets a bit iffy, but I’m not here to write about Risen or give a review of the film and how many stars I think it deserves out of 5.  I will share a brief plot overview but only because it relates to what I’m going to be talking about.  

It’s filmed from the point of view of a Roman Centurion tasked with investigating the missing body of Jesus, and from there you can almost guess what happens next.  It’s a point of view we normally never hear from when we talk about Jesus.  In the gospel, we are only given first hand experiences, from those that had direct contact with Jesus.  Never do we heard from a nonbeliever faced with the reality that the Messiah has in fact risen.

I’ve had this question in the back of my head for some time, and this movie brought it to the forefront of my mind again.  With all the things that Jesus did, all the miracles He performed and wonders He displayed, how can there be anyone that can’t believe He is the Son of God. That He wasn’t just some man?  

I know there were more complicated reason back when Jesus was walking, but the fact still stands that there are theologians who had specifically studied the life of Jesus that are not christian, who admit that Jesus was a real man that did in fact live on this earth, but don’t believe He is the Son of God.

It blows my mind, if I’m being honest with you.  It blows my mind, and yet, I used to be the same way only a few years ago.  I can see where they’re coming from, I recognize their ideas, but I also know the truth, something they’ve yet to have their eyes open to.  Jesus is real, He is alive, and He is our Savior.  

And it isn’t just scholars.  Millions upon millions of people acknowledge the fact that Jesus was a real man, but don’t believe He is the Son of God.  Here’s an amazing thing though: we get to share the truth with them.  I get excited just thinking about it because we are in a special position to share the truth with these people, to open their eyes to the reality of our world in that it is fallen but we have a Savior more powerful than anything.  

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:19-20

When Jesus called Simon to follow him in Luke 5:10, He specifically says to “Not be afraid.  From now on you will catch men.” ( a line, I might add, featured in the movie I spoke about at the beginning).  Although that was Jesus talking to one of His disciples over 2,000 years ago, it’s a truth that still stands.  Our lives are not ours, our occupations and what we do are not our primary job.  Those are important but they aren’t the most important thing in our world.

The most important thing we can do, physically and spiritually, is to be fishers of men, and to spread the truth of the Gospel to all the world.

Alexis Koperdak

1st Year Student Blogger