Big Idea

Christ became sin to redeem us.

Scene Setup

Neo and Agent Smith have been furiously battling one another -- each not giving an inch, yet neither ultimately prevailing. Finally, Smith lands a crushing blow, yet Neo continues to get up.


Redemption, Sin, Salvation, Restoration, Savior


Smith asks Neo why he keeps fighting and Neo replies, "Because I choose to." Once again, Smith hammers Neo to the ground. And finally, triumphantly, Smith looks down. Suddenly uneasy recognition registers on his face. Smith says, "Wait. I've seen this. This is it, this is the end. Yes, you were laying right there, just like that, and I stand here, right here. I'm supposed to say something?I say, 'Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.' What, what'd I just say? No, no, this isn't right, this can't be right." Neo has risen, and Smith panics, "Stay away from me!" Neo calmly looks at Smith and says, "What are you afraid of?" Untrusting, Smith replies, "It's a trick!" Appearing to yield, Neo tells him, "You were right, Smith. You were always right. It was inevitable." Smith approaches and thrusts his hand into Neo. Slowly Neo begins to change, ultimately taking on the appearance of Agent Smith. Smith can hardly believe it. He has won. He says, out loud, "Is it over?" But suddenly, from inside the body that was Neo's, a bright light begins to burn. Neo's "Agent Smith" features begin to crack as light pours out from all directions and Smith's image is completely shattered. The Agent Smith who transformed Neo begins to whine, "No, no, it's not fair!" Then he, too, begins to glow and is ultimately destroyed, leaving in his place the body of the Oracle. Thousands of Agent Smith clones up on the street all light up simultaneously and, in an instant, the taint of Agent Smith is cleansed from the Matrix. The scene shifts to the machine that allowed Neo access to the Matrix to fight Smith. It looks up and says, "It is done."


One would be hard pressed to find a better example in a science-fiction film of the cleansing of sin. Neo has come, not just to liberate humans, but to redeem the programs of the matrix and declare peace to the machines. To do so, he identifies himself with Smith, and takes on his likeness. For a moment, Smith believes he has beaten Neo. Once he is fully identified with the sin represented by Smith, he eradicates it, and redeems all those polluted by Smith's hostile takeover of their bodies. The Oracle returns, as does Sati, the little girl program. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us. As Christ was dying on the cross, surely Satan savored it as a moment of triumph. But because Jesus was God, sin could not hold Him, or have dominion over Him. All of the sins of all of humankind were heaped upon Him on the cross, but He paid the death penalty that sin demanded and in one stroke, eradicated that penalty for all who believe.


Where To Find


2 Corinthians 5:18-21

Hebrews 9:23-28

Hebrews 2:14-17

Galatians 3:13-14

Video Times

Start: 1:48:30

End: 1:54:47


Redemption, Sin, Salvation, Restoration, Savior

Illustration Sermon General Warning

Depending on where you begin the clip once this comes to DVD there is a lot of fighting violence, and the image of Agent Smith being consumed from the inside by the light might be upsetting to young viewers.

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