Sample Essay on Son of God

Son of God
The movie, Son of God, produced by husband and wife Mark Burnett and Roma Downey shows the life of Jesus Christ. This religious movie is meant to show the audience the reason for the coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ as believed by the Christian religion. However, it important to find out whether what is portrayed in the movie is in line with what is recorded in the Holy Bible, especially in the gospels of Mathew, Mark, John, and Luke. A review of the movie shows with respect to the bible gospels show various differences and omissions that are worth noting. This paper takes a critical look at various aspects of Jesus’ life and mission during his earthly days as seen in the Son of God verses in the gospels (Mitchell, 2014). Some of the omissions and differences do not help in achieving the goals intended for the movie.
The movie starts well with the passages from John the disciple, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning” (John 1:1–2). This statement shows that the movie acknowledges the fact that God and Jesus existed before the existence of the world and things therein. The beginning narration in the movie proceeds “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), showing that Jesus Christ existed in the eternal and only became flesh for a reason (s). This also indicates that Jesus, as the Son of God came into being for specific purposes; however, as the movie proceeds, the audience fails to connect the real mission that Jesus Christ came for. In fact, the beginning of the same movie only gives a narration of how the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, but fails to give the audience the reason for his coming to dwell among us (O’Malley, February 28, 2014). There should have been an indication of why he came to dwell among, a serious omission (Mitchell, 2014). On this note, it is important to note that the best way to fully direct the audience towards the correct meaning of the coming of Christ could have been to mention the reason for his coming. For instance, the gospel of John chapter 1, verse 29 Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world by His transforming grace.
Son of God is a film that shows the whole life history and ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. It stood a chance of bringing the correct perspective that brings into life the real mission He had in the world, something that the movie fails to achieve. Movies that have been done on the life of Jesus Christ have always dwelt on the specific events like arrest, death, burial, and resurrection, meaning that the Son of God had the opportunity to show the audience the whole story and the mission on earth (Smith, Feb 26, 2014). The storyline of the movie have no problem; however, the main message brought out in the gospels is conspicuously missing. Normally, Jesus life history provides an excellent narrative that makes a movie very colorful and worth watching, but it does not mean that the purpose is achieved (O’Malley, February 28, 2014).
Did the producers intend the movie to reach many people with the Word of God? If this were the case, then it would fail on this mission because an audience with no prior knowledge on the life of Jesus Christ would fail to understand why he would die for man. The movie could have shown what the gospels indicate that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was necessary for the salvation and future hope for man. As one watches the movie, Jesus comes out as a smiling man who walks on the streets and town, easily doing miracles to the benefit of the people whom He met (Smith, Feb 26, 2014). This is not the case in the gospels as none of the writers depicts a smiling Jesus who makes people feel good about them.
This movie does not follow any particular accounts of the gospels as recorded in the bible, a reason for the lack of the specific purpose and mission of Jesus in the world. A person with the knowledge of the gospel according to Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John may fail to give a march with what happens in the Son of God movie. The strict adoption of the gospels could have helped in giving viewers the correct perspective on the mission of coming to the world, at least for the audience with no prior knowledge of the life of Jesus Christ. For instance, adoption of Luke to make the movie could have helped the viewer in understanding the reason for the suffering, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to man. The main message driven by Luke is for people to discover the need for accepting that Jesus Christ took all the sin of man to the cross. Watching the Son of God without prior knowledge of whom Jesus Christ from the Bible does not help in understanding that man needs to repent and fully in the redeeming feature, that Jesus brings from His death and resurrection.
Gaps are also evident between the movie and recordings in the gospels. As much as the movie does well in showing the audience that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, it fails to show that no one goes to the Father (God) except through Him (John 14:6). Another omission is evident in the fact that the reason for the remission of Jesus’ blood is not mentioned. The movie does well when Jesus says at the Last Supper that the actions should be done as often as possible for remembrance; however, it leaves out the gospel phrase that “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Therefore, moviegoers who are not familiar with the gospel will not understand the fact that Jesus has to shed blood and die for the remission of sin. The gospels are clear with the message that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin; something that the Son of God movie fails to bring out (Smith, Feb 26, 2014). Watching the film alone may not help in the main mission that directors had of spreading the Word of God to as many people as possible in the world. There is need to have the gospel background in order to have the correct perspective that Christianity believe.
There may be no problem with the omissions in any movie like the Son of God; however, the problem arises from the fact that the central mission and purpose for the coming of Jesus Christ in the world is left out. The inability to have the correct analysis of the coming of Jesus Christ in terms of the events and purpose for coming into the world is a problem because the gospel itself does not give all the events that may have taken place during the times of Jesus. Nevertheless, we are able to have a clear understanding of reason for the coming of Jesus Christ. According to the gospel of John, “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25). The recorded events, teachings, and miracles recorded in each Gospel account in the Bible give a complete picture of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior, full of both grace and truth and how every human being is a sinner who needs redemption to achieve eternity (O’Malley, February 28, 2014). Therefore, it is clear that the narration in the gospels do not give a reflection of every miracle and teachings that Jesus gave, but the readers have the ability to get the picture of why Jesus had to come in the form of flesh to do miracle and teach before being killed and later resurrect (Smith, Feb 26, 2014). Omission of the core purpose for the coming of Jesus Christ makes the movie unable to show the audience why death and resurrection of Jesus was so important to humankind (Mitchell, 2014).
It seems that the movie mostly concentrate on the political aspects of the Roman occupiers in the Jewish land, as seen in the depiction of Pilate and his wife enjoying the comfort of their palace eating fruits, something that misses in the gospels. In conclusion, the Son of God movie is good in many ways; however, it fails to show the purpose for the coming of the Son of God into the world as stated in the gospels.

References
Holy Bible. New King James Version.
Mitchell, E. (2014). Movie Review: Son of God. Answers in Genesis.
O’Malley, S. (February 28, 2014). Son of God Movie Review & Film Summary. Roger Ebert.htm.
Smith, K. (Feb 26, 2014). Critic Reviews: Son of God. New York Post. Retrieved April 11, 2015 from http://www.metacritic.com/movie/son-of-god