This is my first product review and I am so excited to venture into this territory.
This is my opinion. I am reviewing this as person who is follower of Jesus Christ. A person who watched a movie about the apostle Paul, a hero of the Bible. I do not have a Ph.D in Bible Scholar Stuff. I do not claim to be an expert. I am a wife and mother of two boys who enjoys movies and entertainment that I deem appropriate for my family. Again, this is my opinion of a movie. I’d love to talk to you about Jesus Christ in person.
“Why did he help that guy in charge of the prison after he was so mean to him?” asked my son’s friend, a sweet 11-year old boy who was watching “Paul: Apostle of Christ” with my family.
The question he asked got me in my guts, and I replied, “That is the million dollar question, Bud. And that is what Jesus Christ tells us to do.”
The movie Paul: Apostle of Christ tells the story of Paul, during the last days of his life while he is in prison, waiting to be killed for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The movie drops us into Biblical times when Christians were persecuted and killed publicly. The movie is set at the end of Paul’s life; and tells us about Luke risking his life to be with Paul and glean more of what the Lord has shown Paul. Luke documents the teachings in writing, which are HUGE parts of the Bible. The movie introduces us to Mauritius, a prison official, and shows us a glimpse of what life may have been like for the early Christians.
Paul: Apostle of Christ brought Biblical characters to life for me. The film made a few of the heroes of our Faith and their experiences relatable. I thought the acting was well-done, and believable. I thought the dramatic themes were not heavy-handed, and conveyed the message enough to be thought-provoking and challenging. The movie portrayed relationships well and believably, with just the right amount of tension that kept me engaged. I found the story easy to follow and even if you were not familiar with the Bible you could watch this movie and not feel left out in the cold. The beginning of Paul: Apostle of Christ was a little slow for me, but I hung in and became invested.
I really liked this movie. I loved how everything pointed back to the Gospel, which is the Good News of Jesus Christ, that we are all sinners and need a Savior. Paul is such an integral part of our Christian heritage and to see him presented as faithful to Jesus Christ until the end of his life was encouraging. And to see Paul still dealing with the aftermath of his behavior before becoming a Christian would bolster anyone’s faith to persist. Paul clung to Jesus and shows us that even after his zealous attempts to stop Christianity, he is received lovingly by his Heavenly Father.
You could say that Mauritius, another chief persecutor of Christians was also met by the Heavenly Father lovingly. Mauritius exhausted every means possible to bring healing to his daughter. He worshipped every idol, offered up every sacrifice and in the end, sought out the Christian “Healer,” the doctor Luke. And healing was delivered lovingly by God through Luke.
To see how Luke’s fervency to get to Paul, to risk it all for the cause of Jesus Christ was inspiring. To see the struggle that the Biblical Christians had…to serve Jesus in the face of persecution and death was heart-breaking but caused me to evaluate my often-times complacency in my Christian walk. And to see, on a personal level, this movie stir up discussion about Christianity in my own home from my kids and their friend is another tool to help fulfill our part of the Great Commission…to tell everyone about Jesus Christ.
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