A Movie Moment with Jesus in It

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*Spoiler Alert: The following blog post contains key plot points. If you have not seen the movie From Paris with Love but would like to… you have been warned.

The other night I saw the movie From Paris with Love starring John Travolta. As I watched it, I couldn’t help but make comparisons between the relationship James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) had with Charlie Wax (John Travolta) and a Christians’ relationship with Christ. Here are 8 aspects of the relationships I found similar:

  1. In the movie, James has a desire for a better job, a “dream” job, so to speak, and suddenly he finds himself partnered with Wax, the best of in the business. Wax probably doesn’t really need James, but James certainly needs Wax. In fact the partnership is more for James’ benefit. In the same way, Christians are partnered with Christ, and though Christ doesn’t really need us, we certainly need him.
  2. Throughout most of the movie, James really has no clue what is going on. At times he thinks he does, but not until Act 3 does he really know. Wax, however, seems to know exactly what’s going on, and James just has to trust that Wax knows. In our relationship with Christ, rarely do we know what’s going on, but Christ does, and we just have to trust that he does and follow.
  3. Early on James is talking on the phone to his “boss” (whom, by the way, you never see) trying to explain why following and listening to Wax is not a good idea and that he wants out, James admits it is because Wax’s methods are a little unorthodox. Well, when we are truly following Christ, we should not be surprised if we find his methods a little unorthodox as well. His disciples in the first century certainly discovered this to be true.
  4. For a good part of the movie, Wax has James carry around a vase full of cocaine. James questions this, saying it seems rather ridiculous and doesn’t make sense. But is makes sense to Wax and that is what matters. The same goes with us. Christ might have us do something that seems absolutely absurd, but he has a purpose and expects us to obey. One obvious example is in Genesis when God told Noah to build an Ark and gave him specific guidelines and measurements. It didn’t make sense. It had never rained on the earth before… ever! But God had a purpose and that’s what mattered. (I could give many more examples but that one should suffice, I hope.)
  5. A number of times in the movie, Wax tells James to do something and it is almost always for James’ benefit. And often times there is little time for questioning. Same goes with us. When Christ tells us to do something and to do it right away, he means it. And many times it’s for our own benefit; we need to just trust him and obey.
  6. But even when James messes up or fails to obey, Wax never gets upset or panics. He is always calm and always seems to have things under control. Christ is the same way. When we mess up and fail (and we will), Christ doesn’t get upset at us. There is absolutely nothing we can do or fail to do that makes Christ say, “Great. Now you screwed up all my plans. What am I going to do now?” He HAS everything under control. Always. Period.
  7. Wax always comes through, even if it is at the last possible second, and he has to use a rocket launcher to do so. Christ will do the same. Never once will he let you down. In fact, his final words before ascending back into heaven spoke of this very promise: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:20).
  8. Eventually James comes to a point of decision. He has come a long way with Wax but at the end, he still has one decision to make. It is not an easy one for him to make but it is the most important one. It is a decision that will define him for the rest of his life. At the end of the movie, James has to decide between trying to hang on to the one thing that matters most in his life—the one thing he cherishes most,  or to trust Wax and obey him. Only James can make that decision. And so it is with us. If we are to follow Christ, he will eventually lead us to a defining moment in our lives where we must chose between him and what we cherish and love the most. It won’t be easy. In fact, it will probably be the most difficult decision you will ever have to make. And it is my prayer that your love for God will far exceed whatever you hold onto most in this life.

If you chose to follow after Christ, and I hope you do, there is no doing it half heartedly. It is either whole heartedly or not all. And let me tell you, when you do chose to follow him, hang on, because it will be the wildest adventure you could ever imagine, and it will be the best, bar none.

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