“Have you ever been sailing?
Imagine yourself looking out at the vast sea. You reach down and put your hand in the water and scoop it up before you.
Immediately, the water starts leaking through your fingers until the hand is empty.
That water is a man’s life.
From birth to death, it is always slipping through our hands until it is gone, along with all that you hold dear in this world.
Yet the kingdom I speak of, that I live for, is like the rest of the water out in the sea.”
“Man lives for that cup of water that slips through his fingers, but those who follow Jesus Christ live for that endless expanse of sea.”
Paul, Apostle of Christ (Movie)
This photo was taken by my daughter when her grandmother took her on a cruise to the Bahamas.
I had it on my phone tonight because they just returned last week. This one immediately came to mind after reaching the end of the movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ.
It is a hard movie to watch.
It is also beautiful.
I sobbed through most of it…from watching Stephen’s death through Paul’s tortured memories, then to his conversion on the road to Damascus. There’s even a few surprises of artistic license.
▪️▫️notes before going further▫️▪️
Spoiler alerts below, but most of it is already in the Bible. 😂
If you’ve read the New Testament (and even if you haven’t), then this movie can provide a wonderful, visual backdrop to those verses and events that you know.
It will make you want to read about what you don’t know.
I even learned several things while fact-checking scripture, and this is just one of three blog posts that I started writing while watching the movie.
I really loved it. If it draws you into the Word, so that you hunger to know more about Paul, Luke, Timothy, and many others…then I think that’s a win for Team Jesus.
Paul is speaking to the guard who is in charge of his house arrest. It’s the last conversation Paul has with him before his death.
I loved how the writers portrayed the human life, eternity and Jesus with water and the sea…
Friends of Paul and Luke, Christians arrested for their faith, are taken away to be killed in Nero’s Circus.
- This circus was built circa A.D. 40. Both Gaius and Nero participated in the races held here.
- Several of Christian martyrdoms occurred here and it is the present location of St. Peter’s Basilica.
As Luke brings the news to Paul, they look toward heaven and remark on the celebration that welcomed them home that day.
(You understand why I’m crying.)
Paul looks at Luke and says, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Luke replies, “I like that one.”
Paul says, “Well, write it down.”
Paul is being led away to be executed. That scene closes with Paul’s voice over, reading his words to Timothy, right after he hands the final letter to Luke.
To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering and the time for my departure is near.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.
(2 Timothy 1-4 excerpts)
I’m going to tell you the end, because we know that Paul was executed. He was beheaded by Nero of Rome.
You don’t see that part though, as he bows before the sword.
What you see…
is that he stands up.
At first, I was confused because he wasn’t dead.
He turns to look out at someone, and then you see,
Shane and Shane
Bethel – It Is Well