“Risen” Gives the Resurrection a Roman Perspective
Risen is a Biblical tale seen through the eyes of an unbeliever. Clavius is a tribune of Julius Caesar, who follows the story of Jesus’ rising from the dead.
The story unfolds as the Romans seek to silence the disciples and all those that are spreading the good news. Clavius searches high and low for the remaining disciples. To his chagrin when he encounters them, they are not afraid of Pilate’s wrath. Not only does Pilate order Clavius to find the disciples, but he also ordered him to locate the body of Jesus. He wanted proof that would silence Jesus’ followers once and for all.
Is it possible His teachings were true, and Rome felt they must be silenced?
Clavius struggles to find the evidence that Pilate is looking for. In turn, he finds the proof he never thought existed. Instead of finding a crucified body to return to Pilate as evidence, he encounters Jesus himself. This encounter changes everything for him, as it would anyone. He finds himself in the dilemma of knowing that he watched him die. Now days later he sees the same man alive again.
What else could he believe?
Maybe they did not steal the body as originally thought? What did this all mean?
Clavius does what any good soldier would do. He ran. That does not sound right, yet it was. He ran with the Apostles; he helped them escape the Roman soldiers that hunted them. His doubts began to fade as he witnessed more encounters with the Messiah. Along with the miracles Jesus would perform, Clavius slowly became a believer.
Is Risen the movie for someone who expects Biblical accuracy? Possibly not, although it is not as far-fetched as one would believe. Personally, I found the movie entertaining and engaging. It had a bit of humor interjected throughout that made it quite enjoyable. I would recommend the film to anyone, believer or non-believer alike. Perhaps it will begin a conversation that more should consider.
It was a refreshing change to have a Roman point of view rather than the ordinary believers side of the story. I would love to hear what your thoughts on the movie are once you go out and see it this Lenten season. The movie Risen by Sony Pictures and Affirm Films hits theaters nationwide on February 19th.
About Charles Johnston
Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.