The old Presbyterians used to say that it was wrong to try to depict Jesus in art. No tongue can tell. No painter’s brush can catch the hues of His marvelous compassion and manliness.
As a child going to Sunday School I saw many comic books depicting a smiling man in a white robe with a red sash. Seemed like a nice Guy with a pleasant countenance.
But now Church and secular alike are awaiting the movie “Son Of God” at the theatres. There will be more of the early life and happy Galilean tour in this account before we get to the Passion (Mel Gibson’s only focus).
Any portrayal I fear will fall short, just as description of the model Christian and statement of faith seems to do in our circles. There is always something more.
Is the most powerful depiction of Christ to be found in the lives astoundingly changed by the Good News? There is the power; there is the attractiveness. It is world-wide in many colours, climes and cultures. People loving Him whom they have not seen.
Many in the Church think that the movie becomes a point of contact with the unchurched who will not attend conventional services or read the Bible. This is regrettable. We are told that the Word of God has incomparable impregnating power (“begotten with the Word of truth”). No film can match it.
We will see. I will probably check it out in the near future.
But in spite of all this, look at a previous post: