by Jeff Strite

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Surely This Was the Son of God (9 of 9)
Series: Whose Line Is It?
Jeff Strite
Mark 15:33-55

OPEN: Years ago when I was in Bible college, a movie premiered in the movie theatres that some friends of mine and I wanted to attend. What struck me as I watched, were the powerful images of Christianity in the movie.
The movie? It was called "The Poseidon Adventure." How many of you have seen it? (about 2/3’s raised their hands).

For those of you that have not seen it, "The Poseidon Adventure" was the fictional story of a group of passengers aboard a cruise ship which had turned upside down in a terrible storm. The movie followed the efforts of a handful of those passengers seeking to find their way to safety through the bottom of the boat.
Like I said the Christian symbolism was powerful and unmistakable:
– Their world was upside down
– They were led to salvation by a clergyman who, in turn, was listening to the advice of young 12 year old (or so) boy who said he knew the way out
– But, no one would listen to them (especially offended that a child of that age would know anything) preferring instead the expertise of professionals who actually were as lost as they were.
– Their way to safety was the exact opposite of what was accepted by all of the other passengers
– They clambered to safety by climbing out of a ballroom up (of all things) a Christmas tree - the eternal symbol of the season celebrating Christ’s birth.
– And ULTIMATELY their adult leader (Gene Hackman) who was the “man of God” in the movie, died toward the end of the movie giving his life (just like Christ did) to save the lives of his followers.

As I said, the Christian symbolism was phenomenal.
However, I have since rented this movie and been embarrassed by all the profanity that the characters used. In fact, the clergyman (Gene Hackman) died cursing God.

But I didn’t see that the 1st time I visited the theatre. All I saw was Christ. In fact, after the movie, I went into the ba ...

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