Big Idea

The joy of redemption is a product of faith.

Scene Setup

The battle is over. Agent Smith has been defeated, Neo has won, the programs are redeemed and there is peace with the machines. The effects of his victory become immediately apparent as the world begins to reconstruct itself.

Topics

Belief, Faith, Worship, Second Coming

Scene

The entire landscape of the Matrix begins to change as Neo has cleansed Agent Smith's influence from it. The streets are instantly transformed, the world seems clean and bright. Through the park walks the Architect. The Oracle, seated on a bench, looks up and says, "Well now, ain't this a surprise?" The Architect says, "You play a very dangerous game." The Oracle replies, "Change always is..." The Architect, who lives to quantify, snidely asks, "Just how long do you think this peace is going to last?" More comfortable with uncertainty, the Oracle says, "As long as it can." Then she asks the Architect what will happen to the others -- meaning the programs and the humans that want to be free. The Architect promises that they will be liberated. From across the park, Sati, a program, runs up. She shouts "Oracle! We were afraid we might not find you." Reassuringly, the Oracle tells her that everything will be all right. With great excitement, Sati points and says, "Look, look!" The Oracle looks over to where the girl points, and smiles, "Oh, the sun came back! Did you do that?" Sati, who in the former Matrix was scheduled for termination because her program was deemed unnecessary, says that she made the sunrise for Neo. Apparently she is an art or aesthetic program. The Oracle tells her, "That's nice, I know he'd love it." Sati wants to know if the Oracle thinks that they will ever again see Neo, and the Oracle say that she suspects that they will. The Architect asks the Oracle, "Did you always know?" Meaning, did she know things would turn out as they did. But the Oracle says, "No. No. No, I didn't. But I believed. I believed."

Application

Application One: Even though the Oracle had foresight, she could not know the outcome of this battle because she could not see beyond choices she could not understand. Still, she says, she believed -- and what she believed in was Neo, the One. Her belief was rewarded because her faith was justified. There are many people who sincerely believe in things, and yet are sincerely wrong. They want things to be true, but their faith is ill-founded. In the second Matrix film, the Architect is nearly smug in his assurance of what he knows, and yet he is unable to second guess the choices made by the film's Messiah figure, Neo. Faith in faith, like faith in falsehood, ultimately disappoints. But faith in God, who has the will and the power necessary to see it done, always fulfills. There are many things hidden from us because of our limited perspective. For example, we cannot know from experience what will happen to us when we die because that is a one-time experience, and there is no coming back. But through the death and resurrection of Christ, and by faith that what He did He can do for us, our faith is justified -- even if we cannot see right now. Application Two: Sati responded to the salvation Neo provided by an act of worship. She used her skills and talents, in this scene by making a beautiful sunrise, as a way of saying thank you. She was also very desirous to see her redeemer again. This lesson, from a fictional character, is a great one for real-life human's as well. God has done a great thing for us by providing for our redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our response should be to serve Him with our gifts while we live, and eagerly await His return.

 

Where To Find


Scriptures

Romans 4:18-22

Psalms 27:12-13

Titus 2:11-14

Psalms 127:1-6


Video Times

Start: 1:57:23

End: 2:00:02


Keywords

Belief, Faith, Worship, Second Coming


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