The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith – Movie Review

The Book of RuthGrandfather tells his grandson, future King David, the boy, a story about hope and faith when we don’t understand God’s plan. “In the time of the Judges, the people were corrupt and everyone did as they saw fit. When a great famine came upon Israel, some families chose to escape their plights and start over in the pagan country of Moab. But soon Moab proved to be none better. The crops withered and the people suffered, for there was no rain.”

The story in Moab, Naomi is talking to Elimeleck’s grave, her dead husband.  They have two sons, Chilion and Mahlon. There is drought and famine in Moab. They should have stayed in Bethlehem; Elimeleck moved them to Moab because of a drought and famine in Israel.

Chilion, the oldest son is dying. He fainted and hit his head on the well. He is emaciated. He’s married to Orpah. Chilion died. Orpah is a widow as Naomi is a widow.

Ruth and Naomi

Ruth and Naomi at the market

Ten months later, Naomi and Ruth are at the market. Ruth is Naomi’s daughter in law. Mahlon, Naomi’s younger son is working the family farm. He’s sick from a lack of nourishment and excessive worrying.

Orpah wishes to leave. She and Ruth argue in the kitchen. Ruth fells it is their duty to be loyal to Naomi. They are her daughters through marriage. Orpan believes in many Gods.

Mahlon has a heart attack and dies while working in the barn. Leaving Ruth a widow as well.

“Why am I the only one left?” Naomi cries to God.

Beth and Orpah

Beth and Orpah

Orpah is in town later. She talks to Beth, Ruth’s mother. Beth thinks their family is cursed by the Gods.

Naomi knew it was wrong to leave Bethlehem. She’s angry with God for taking her children.

Caleb, a friend of Tani’s from Israel, comes to visit. Their famine is over. Their land is healed. He brings his condolences from Israel.

Naomi tells Orpah, tomorrow she’s going home to Bethlehem, now that the famine is over. Ruth and Orpah choose to follow her to Bethlehem. Naomi feels guilty they are leaving their homeland to follow her. She tries to make them stay there.

Ruth refuses to go back to Moab. She goes with Naomi. She vows allegiance to Naomi’s God, the Lord God.

Naomi and Ruth enter Bethlehem

Naomi and Ruth enter Bethlehem

Naomi and Ruth were wore down and without money as they entered Bethlehem. They witnessed the bounty of Israel.

Tani, Naomi’s friend sees them. She takes them into Naomi’s old home. It’s been abandoned since they left Bethlehem.

The next day, Ruth goes into the fields to glean. Naomi works at home.

In the field, Ruth meets Simeon.

Boaz sees Ruth

Boaz sees Ruth

Boaz sees Ruth gleaning. He asks Seth her name. Seth doesn’t know, neither does Benjamin, both Boaz’s sub-bosses. Simeon says, “Her name is Ruth, daughter of Naomi.”

Neb is the owner of the field, Boaz’s uncle. Boaz fires Seth for being insubordinate—questioning his decisions . He promotes Simeon to chief harvester.

Boaz knows Naomi and Ruth came here seeking protection under the wings of our Lord. He prays that God uses him for that purpose.

Tomorrow, Boaz wants Ruth to eat with the bosses, with him. He offers her a Pomegranate. He gives her food to take to Naomi.

Boaz is a relative of Elimelech’s.

Chilion and Simeon

Chilion and Simeon

Simeon brings more wheat from Boaz for Ruth and Naomi.

Tani and Simeon are attending the harvest festival together. His promotion allows him to do so for the first time in his life—a privilege he looks forward to.

Naomi sends Ruth to the harvest festival wearing a new, colorful tunic. Boaz is there. Her instructions are; when Boaz falls asleep, to lay at his feet until he awakes.

She followed the plan, and covered herself with his robe as best she could. She slept at his feet until he awoke.

Boaz and Ruth talk

Boaz and Ruth talk the next morning. He has a plan.

When Boaz awoke startled,  they talked. He confesses he asked God to give him her love. Boaz isn’t her closest kinsman. Neb, brother of Elimelech, is and is a problem. They finish the night in each other’s arms.

Boaz has a plan. He sends a message to Neb. He’s infatuated with Ruth, lost his wits, he’s giving her half of his grain.

Neb calls the elders to the public square for a town meeting to expose Boaz.

At the temple, Neb and the elders meet. Boaz is there.  Boaz wishes to purchase the land owned by Elimelech and by becoming her kinsman to save the house of Elimelech from destitution.

Boaz and Neb bicker over Elimeleck’s land and wife.

Boaz wins the argument. He is the kinsman redeemer of the house of Elimelech.

Boaz and Ruth are married

Boaz and Ruth are married.

Shortly after, Boaz and Ruth were married, which surely was a blessing from God. Their trust and faith in Him allowed blessings upon their family they never thought possible.

One season later, Ruth is ill. Boaz is worried sick. Naomi talks to her and determines she’s going to have a baby. They name the boy, Obed, which means servant.

We see King David again as a young boy, and his grandfather. They finish the story about faith and hope. David is learning to use his sling. He’s becoming lethal!

Grandfather and King David, the boy

Grandfather and King David, the young boy

The End.

This is another interesting story from the old testament about how God blessed Naomi’s family after terrible times. The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith.

Hope you liked my review.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

The Book of Esther – Movie Review

Persia 482 B.C. – Hadassah is talking with her uncle, Mordecai. He had a strange dream. He describes it to her. “Behold, there were earthquakes upon the earth, and in time, two great dragons came forth, ready to fight against one another. And at their cry, all nations were stirred up to fight against the Nation of the Just, and the Nation of the Just was prepared for death. But, the Nation of the Just cried out to the Lord, and as they were crying, the little spring grew into a great river, and abound into many waters. The sun rose up and the humble were exalted, and they defeated the haughty!”  God will reveal the meaning, in His time.

The Book of EstherUncle makes Hadassah promise never to reveal that she is a Jew from  the Tribe of Benjamin. He changes her name to Esther; a proper name for a proper Persian girl. He will be called, Teacher.

Esther, the grown woman.

King Xerxes is the king, he passes by Esther’s home. She and Teacher are talking inside. He’s going to the royal banquet to honor the king and queen. Esther envies the queen. She wishes to be married. Teacher will find her a suitable match, someday. Until then, patience.

Mordecai and Esther

Mordecai and Esther in their home

At the royal banquet, Mordecai, the Jew, is there. Lord Haman and Azada also. Haman has an issue with Jews. They bicker.

King Xerxes arrives. They celebrate the anniversary of his ascension to the throne. They feast and drink.  Queen Vashti isn’t there.

There are rumors and threats circulating throughout the kingdom against the king, which Xerxes is unaware of.

Jacob and Judith are married with children but she doesn’t love her husband. Judith and Esther are friends.

Queen Vashti remains absent from the celebration. The guests, nobles and advisors, chat about her as the King’s guard, Sardar, eavesdrops. “Why is she not there?”

Sardar reports the chatter about the queen’s absence. King Xerxes orders Queen Vashti to join them. And dance for them. Sardar, Commander of His Majesty’s Royal Army, talks to the queen. She is to dress appropriately with jewels and gown and dance at the celebration. The King commands!

Queen Vashti

Queen Vashti

Queen Vashti refuses! Even after Sardar begs on one knee. Sardar reports to the King. “She’s not in the mood for dancing.”

“This is Treason you speak against the queen,” King Xerxes declares.

“It is not Treason Your Magesty, but truth.”

King Xerxes commands angrily, “Queen Vashti be removed from the palace at once, and I decree that my marriage to her is null and void!”

Judith brings Esther the terrible news! The King’s marriage is dissolved. Judith is a gossip. She’s on her way to her next friend to share the chatter.

The close advisors begin to scheme. Lord Haman has a young daughter he wishes to be wed to the king.

Esther and Teacher celebrate the Sabbath in the Jewish custom. They light the Sabbath candles.

Gaspar, the eunich, addresses the King

Gaspar and Lord Haman before the King

Gaspar, the eunich, addresses the King, look to your Nobles and Advisors for a queen since a queen has not been found elsewhere.

More than half of the king’s counselors are eunichs. They’re at a definite disadvantage for offspring.

Zara, daughter of Lord Haman, is suitable for marriage.

Mordecai, having never been married, offers the orphan girl he is the guardian, also. She is obedient, modest as she is beautiful.

The King commands the daughters of Persia be brought to the palace at the time of his choosing and presented to him for his royal perusal. Then he will find a new queen.

Mordecai tells Esther she’s to marry the King of Persia. But, first she must compete.

As Esther prays, God calls, “Hadassah, Hadassah. It is I. Because I am with you, you shall not be harmed, for I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. There will come for you a time to keep silent, and a time for you to speak, for in all things shall I be glorified.”

Lord Haman fears his daughter, Zara, is not beautiful enough to win the King’s heart. If she loses the contest, he will disown her.

Zara covers her face

Zara covers her face before the King

Esther and Mordecai go to the palace. The girls of Persia present themselves one by one before the king, as he sits board.

Zara’s face is covered as she steps before the King.

It’s Esther’s turn. She introduces herself. “My name is Esther, Your Magesty.” Mordecai says, “that a virtuous wife is more precious than rubies.”

Esther and Zara make the final cut. They are escorted to the King’s chamber awaiting further instructions.  In secret, the King eavesdrops  as the two ladies talk. Zara fears banishment from her family if the king does not choose her, banishment into the streets. Esther promises her a grand job in the palace if she is chosen. Esther also tells her she’s beautiful. All as the King watches and listens, secretly.

The King made his choice. “Summon Mordecai and Haman.” He chooses Esther. She keeps her promise to Zara. He places a crown on her head. Issues a royal proclamation, “Let the word go forth that Esther is my queen. Prepare a feast and declare a holiday!”

Haman plots war on Mordecai.

Esther and King

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

The King and Esther begin to get to know one another.

Sardar and Teres talk, both guards in the King’s army. They feel Persia is growing soft. The King is foolish. Sardar wishes to seize the crown. They strike at midnight. “Prepare the men,” Sardar orders. Mordecai overhears the conversation.

Lord Haman talks to the King. He wishes to be Prime Minister, have people bow down to him. The position requires that respect.

Mordecai enters the King’s chamber, as well. He reports what he heard. King Xerxes sends for Sardar and Teres.

Haman continues to scheme against the King and Mordecai and the Jews.

Esther and the King are now married.

Haman tries to trick the King into killing all the Jews in his kingdom.

Judith brings bad news to Esther. Mordecai sent her. Lord Haman convinced your husband to destroy all the Jews. On the 13th of the month, all the Jews will be put to death, including you.

Mordecai wants Esther to go to the King and beg for mercy and plead for our people. Esther says she cannot go in unsummoned.

Mordecai’s response, “There is a time to remain silent and a time to speak, but if you remain silent now, you and your people will perish. Is it not possible that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther pleades with her husband

Fast for me, people of Persia

She wants all the Jews of Persia to fast for her. They shall not eat or drink for three days, day or night. Esther will do the same. Then she will go to the King. “If I perish, I perish.”

Three days later, Esther tells Azada to take her to the King, against his warnings.

Esther goes before her husband. She invites him and Lord Haman to a banquet the following evening to make her request known. Only the King, Haman, and Esther will be there.

The banquet, her request, “Grant me my life and spare my people, for this is my request.”

“Who has threatened your life?” the King asks.

“Lord Haman.”

“Tomorrow at noon, I will hear testimony,” the King orders. Azada spreads the word.

The next day. They hear the case against the Jewish people.  Haman presents his evidence, again.

Mordecai defends the Jews.

Esther speaks on behalf of Mordecai.

Lord Haman

Lord Haman

King Xerxes finds Mordecai and the Jewish people innocent of Treason. He sentences Lord Haman to death for Treason.

Haman had a gallows already built for Mordecai; it is used for Haman.

Mordecai is the new Prime Minister.

King Xerxes orders, “These events shall be recorded in history. And hence forth forever this will be, for the Jews, a time of joy and happiness, and let it be written that it is Queen Esther who saved her people from the villain, Haman.

A banquet is commanded.

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

The End.

This was an interesting book of the bible, The Book of Esther. From the old testament.

I’d say, the King got his wish, wouldn’t you?

Hope you enjoyed it.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Noah – Movie Review

Friends,

NoahHere’s a movie review of a motion picture that is bible based. Russell Crowe plays Noah in this action film.

In the beginning there was nothing… Temptation led to sin… Cast out of Eden, Adam and Eve had three sons: Cain, Abel, and Seth.

Cain killed Abel and fled to the East, where he was sheltered by a band of fallen angles: The Watchers. Rock giants. These Watchers helped Cain’s descendants build a great industrial civilization. Cain’s cities spread wickedness, devouring the world. Only the descendants of Seth defended and protect what is left of Creation.

Noah receiving the birthright from Dad

The boy Noah receives the birthright from his Father

Today, the last of Seth’s line becomes a man. Noah is a child. He receives the birthright from his father. The Shrine of Seth!

Descendants of Cain arrive. They kill Noah’s father and steal the birthright. Noah flees.

The next scene, Noah the fifty-something man. His Wife and sons; Shem, Ham, and Japheth, an infant.

Noah's dog

The family dog

Men are coming. They kill Noah’s family dog for the meat. Noah kills all three men. He cremates the pet.

Noah has a dream. God speaks to him. There will be a great flood. God is going to destroy the world. He saw Methuselah’s Mountain. They are to journey there and see his grandfather. Noah hopes  his grandfather, Methuselah will know what to do. A long journey by foot along a baron wasteland.

They come upon a tzohar  mine. A family is dead, all but a small girl named Ila. She is stabbed in the stomach with a sword.

The Watcher leads Noah's family to the mountain

The nice Watcher leading Noah’s family to the mountain

Men attack. Noah’s family flees. They’re saved by a Watcher. The Watchers quarrel over having humans on their land. That night, the nice Watcher helps them. It leads them to the mountain.

God created the Watchers on the second day of creation, to watch over Adam and Eve. They were light, but disobeyed God. Their punishment was to be turned into rock, mud, and crust. Methuselah protected the Watchers. They were hunted and mostly killed.

Great grandfather meets Shem

Great grandfather, Methuselah, meets Shem in the cave

Noah and Shem climb the mountain as his wife and family remain at the base with the friendly Watcher. Great grandfather is in a cave. Shem introduces himself. Noah’s oldest.

They talk about his dream. After drinking a special herbal tea, Noah sleeps and has another dream. Now he knows about the Ark and filling it with animals. Grandfather gives him a seed from the Garden of Eden.

Noah and Shem return to the camp. He explains a great flood is coming. They will survive to start a new world. They save the animals too. They are to build an Ark. He plants the seed Grandfather gave him.

Reptiles enter the Ark

Snakes enter the Ark

Water flows from the ground. Trees spring up. An entire forest grows in minutes. They’re in the middle of dense woods. The lumber for the Ark.  The Watchers help. The construction begins immediately on the Ark.

As the Ark nears completion, animals come. Birds fly in by the thousands, snakes, lizards, etc…

Noah and King Tulal-cain argue

Noah and King Tubal-cain faceoff

Tubal-cain is there with his army. He is the King. He followed the birds. He’s heard talk of miracles.  He wants to claim the Ark as his. The Watchers stand with Noah.  Noah tells the King they will perish in a great flood.

“I am not afraid of miracles, son of Lamech!” the King yells at Noah. He vows to return with Legions of solders with weapons.

Livestock enter the Ark by the hundreds.

King Tubal-cain prepares his army for a war on Noah.

Livestock enter the Ark

Livestock enter the Ark

Noah has another vision. He sees an evil people in a city destroyed by fire. He saw the wickedness in everyone.

Ham meets Ná el. They talk.

Great grandfather gives Ila his blessing . He waved his hand over her stomach. There’s a magic pulse. Ila runs. She’s driven Mad with desire for Shem. They make love in the forest.

The Watchers battle the army

The Watchers fight the King’s army

The Ark is complete. A storm blows in. Fast! The sky darkens. It begins to rain.

The King and his army try to capture the Ark. The Watchers battle them.

Ná el is killed during the fight. Ham makes it into the Ark.

A Watcher ascends to Heaven

A Watcher ascends to Heaven

The Watchers are killed one at a time by the King’s army as the battle rages. As they die, they ascend to Heaven in a beam of light.

Noah’s family is in the Ark. He closes the door.

The King finds a way inside the Ark. Ham helps his out of revenge because Noah let Ná el die during the battle.

Grandfather parishes in the flood as he eats a berry.

The Ark

The Ark

Noah and his family can hear people outside screaming as they struggle for their lives in the floodwaters.

The earth is covered in massive storms. The floodwaters consume the earth in minutes.

Noah believes man is to become an extinct species. His family is to die. Creation without man.

Ila and Shem

Shem and Ila

Ila is pregnant. Noah’s grandchild. Noah goes Mad when he finds out. He wants to kill the baby thinking it’s God’s will.

The rain stopped.

His wife tells him if he kills the child his family will leave him and hate him forever.

Shem and Ila prepare to leave on a raft. Noah burns the craft. Ila goes into labor and delivers twin girls.

Ham and the King prepare to kill Noah.

As Noah and the King fight, the Ark runs aground. Ham stabs the King, killing him. “Ná el. Her name was Ná el. You let her die,” Ham said.

They begin new lives on a mountain

Their new lives on the mountain

Later, Noah can’t kill the twins.

They begin their new lives on a mountain. Next to the sea. They build homes.

Noah is a drunkard old man. His wife left him.

Ham left the family and struck out on his own.

At Ila’s advice, Noah makes up with his wife. They are reunited.

The Ark on the mountain top

The Ark on the mountain top

Noah hands down the birthrights to his granddaughters. “Be fruitful and multiply. Replenish the earth.” On the mountain, next to the Ark, under a rainbow. Birds are fling in the sky overhead.

The End

The Watchers

A Watcher

This was an interesting story of the Noah and the flood.

You decide if the Watchers and this movie are fact or fiction. The movie was entertaining.

Noah demonstrated how easy it is to be confused about God’s Will. It’s a good thing he followed his conscious and didn’t kill those innocent baby twins.

Hope you enjoyed my review of Noah.

My rating: 4 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Apostle Peter and The Last Supper – Movie Review

Dear readers,

This is a sad but glorious movie. It takes place in a Roman prison cell. Peter, the old man is waiting for his execution at the hands of Roman soldiers.

Apostle Peter and The Last Supper67AD- The Emperor Nero Decreed That The Followers Of Jesus Christs Be Hunted And Persecuted For Their Beliefs.

The leaders of this new faith were sought above the rest as rebels against the empire. Imprisoned for being of Jesus Christ. A religious fanatic. Simon Peter of Galilee, the Fisherman.

Peter Prays in his cell

Peter Prays In His Prison Cell

Peter is in the Roman prison and prays, “Father thank you for this chance to suffer for you. Thy will be done.”

Martinian, the Guard, wants to question Peter about Jesus.

Processus, the other guard on duty, catches them talking but agrees not to report the transgression.

Later a demon visits Peter in his cell. Tempts him. Peter rebukes him with scripture.

Martinian the Roman guard

Martinian The Roman Guard

Martinian continues his interview with Peter about Jesus… Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one gets to the Father but through Me”… He had power over storms. Healed the lepers. Made the dead rise… I knew him as a man… Peter remembers when he first met Jesus, the man….

Jesus said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Peter. Who do people say that I am?”

James answered, “John the Baptist, or Elijah, mostly a prophet.”

Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the Christ, The Son of the Living God.”

Jesus

Jesus

They witnessed as Jesus healed many people including his mother-in law.

While in his prison cell, Peter hears a rooster crow. It reminds him of when he denied Jesus three times. He was instantly saddened.

The other guard, Processus, continues the interview. Both guards are becoming more and more intrigued about Jesus as Peter speaks.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

As both guards listen, Peter tells the story of the Last Supper. ..They all sat at the table. Laughing. Talking. Because Jesus was still with them. Jesus entered the room. He sat. Prayed. “This is my body. It is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” He passed the bread around to the disciples.

“Drink from this cup all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Afterwards, Jesus washes the disciples feet. Then announces a traitor in their midst. A betrayer.

Satan the deceiver had entered into Judas. Promised him great riches for his betrayal. Later, Jesus forgave Judas.

Judas hung himself in the presence of the same demon that was repeatedly in Peter’s cell tempting him.

Jesus on the crossIn the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is captured by the Roman soldiers.

Jesus was crucified.

Martinian now understands that Jesus sacrificed himself for all mankind’s sins. Even his.

Peter saw the empty tomb. The Risen Lord. Peter walked with Him. Talked with Him. Ate with Him. He Is Alive!

Martinian’s wife, Novella, confesses she has already accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and received his forgiveness for her sins. She wants Peter’s blessing.

Peter Praising God

Simon Peter Praising God For The Saved Souls

Processus and Martinian both accepted Jesus’s forgiveness for their sins and declared him Lord that day.

Novella received Peters blessing for her body so she might have a child.

Saul of Tarsus is being brought into the prison.

Simon Peter says, “Take me to Jesus. I can’t bear to be away from my Lord another minute.” The guards painfully escort Peter to his execution.

The Risen Lord

The Risen Lord, Jesus. With His Disciples. Before He Ascended

Jesus says, “Peace I leave you. My peace I give you. Not as the world gives it, for in this world you will have many troubles. But take heart for I have overcome this world. I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Everyone who asks will receive. He who seeks will find. To him who knocks the door will be opened. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not be afraid. Remain in my love. Again I say, remain in my love. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.

The End.

This was a very sad story with a glorious lining. Peter’s life came to an end. The Apostle Paul was next to be executed. Processus and Martinian both received Jesus as Lord and savior and had their sins forgiven.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Apostle Peter and The Last Supper.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

SON of GOD – Movie Review

Dear Friends,

Recently I had the pleasure of watching the movie, SON of GOD. This is John’s story, from his Gospel of John; he narrates his own story.

Inspiring Movie about Jesus' Life

Inspiring Movie about Jesus’ Life

The movie begins with John1:1. In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. He was with God…In the beginning. He was there in paradise with Adam and Eve; the fall of man. He was there with Noah…In the great flood. He was there with Abraham when he was chosen. “Abraham,” God said. “I will make you a father of many nations.” He was there when Moses led our people out of Egypt. “I will be with you,” God said. He was the light shining in the darkness. Jesus is that light. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

John; Writer of The Gospel of John

John; Writer of The Gospel of John

John introduces himself. He is one of Jesus’ followers. “After what I saw, how could I not be?” John of the Gospel. John’s story; The Roman soldiers are collecting taxes. Occupied and oppressed—Jerusalem. Crucifixion is everyday and commonplace.  A new governor, Pontius Pilate is in power.

Jesus walked across the rock hills toward the Sea of Galilee as Peter fished below. Peter is frustrated due to another day of no fish. Jesus walks through the water, and with Peter’s help, climbs into his boat. After Jesus waved his almighty, loving hand in the water, fish from the sea gathered around Peter’s boat. He quickly filled the small, primitive schooner.  In bewilderment, Peter asked, “How did this happen?”

Peter- The Fisherman

Peter- The Fisherman

Jesus replies, “Come with me Peter. I will make you fishers of Men.” As Jesus continued his ministry, the numbers grew. All who heard his preaching were amazed at his wisdom and felt his power. Scores of people quickly became followers.

After healing the paralyzed man and forgiving his sins, a jealous Rabbi who witnessed the miracle confronts Jesus. “Jesus replies, “The Son of Man has authority to forgive sins.”  In turn, the Rabbi threatens Jesus with charges of blasphemy.

Matthew soon becomes a follower and Jesus feeds five thousand.  Afterward, Jesus performs one miracle after another.

Matthew- The Tax Collector

Matthew- The Tax Collector

After raising Lazarus from the dead, he declares himself the Messiah that Isaiah prophesied about. He tells his Mother, “It has begun.”

Jesus and his followers journey to Jerusalem for the festival of Passover. Jesus enters the city on a donkey. He goes to the temple and overturns the tables due to merchants selling goods.

The Roman Government plots against him. He declares, “To see the kingdom of God, you must be born again. You must be reborn. Not in the flesh, but in a spirit. The Holy Spirit.”

Soon, the arrest of Jesus is ordered. Jesus has visions of Judas betraying him and his death on the cross. He has the Last Supper  with his disciples. Communion/Eucharist is created.  He gives thanks and hands them bread then wine. “This is my body…This is my blood…Eat and drink…Remember me.”

The Last Supper- Communion Eucharist

The Last Supper- Communion Eucharist

Judas betrays Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane—with a kiss. He is captured. Later, the Supreme Court of Elders tried and convicted him. Their judgment; guilty of blasphemy and threatening to destroy the temple. Their sentence—death by crucifixion.

Caiaphas and the high priests talk to Pontius Pilate.  Barabbas goes free and Pilate orders the execution. As Jesus is whipped; Judas hangs himself.

During the crucifixion, Pilate says to his wife, “Jesus will be forgotten in a week.”

Pontius Pilate- Rome's Governor

Pontius Pilate- Rome’s Governor

Jesus was in agony while hanging on that brutal cross, in the blistering sun. Later as dark, thick clouds rolled overhead, he said, “It is finished.” After more time, Jesus said, “Father…into your hands I commend my spirit.”  While hanging on that terrible cross, Jesus Dies! Later, after being taken down from the cross, and the crown of thorns removed, Jesus’ lifeless body is prepared and sealed in a tomb. Jesus’ family and followers are devastated, heartbroken,  and lost. Their friend, family member, and Messiah is dead. What went wrong?

Three days later, Mary Magdalene found the tomb empty and Jesus’ body missing. Jesus is Alive!

Jesus before and crucifixion

Jesus’ crucifixion and before

Later Peter starts the first church. Jesus appears and shows them his nail scarred hands.

Forty Days Later; Jesus tells a crowd of believers about the Holy Spirit and ascends to Heaven. Peter said, “We have work to do.” He became their new leader. “On this rock, I will build my church,” Jesus said previously.

John continues his story while in exile. But in the light there was darkness. Persecuted for our preaching, all of the disciples died for our cause.  Except one. I must live out my days in exile. Alone. One day, I hope to see my friends again for they are with our Lord.

John reminisces about Jesus. The people today- they called you king. They think you are the Messiah. “Who do you think I am?” Jesus asked.

Jesus - The Eternal Savior

Jesus – The Eternal Savior

Peter replied, “You are the Son of God.”

Jesus says, “I am coming soon. May the grace of the Lord be with all God’s people.”

The movie ends. As the credits roll, and we see short videos from the movie, Ceelo Green performs “Mary, Did You Know?”

Speaking as someone who has studied God’s Word my entire life, I can say this movie was very accurate. A few things were left out and others moved around a bit, but that is to be expected.

This movie is perhaps the best telling of Jesus and his life that I’ve ever seen. I literally didn’t want it to end. My heart was full of joy as I watched Jesus on screen. I felt emptiness and despair when he died and later ascended. He was gone. I can’t imagine the heartache at the actual moment in time.

This is my review of the mega movie smash hit, Son of God. Watch the movie yourself. I promise you will be moved.

My rating: 5 stars

Thanks for stopping by.

J.A. Ireland