Saturday, March 17, 2007

300: Review

I watched 300 at Golden Village Tampines yesterday.

An absolutely visually stunning movie. Go and watch it in the cinemas if you haven't seen it yet.

The movie is an awe-inspiring retelling of the battle of Thermopylae, how a group of 300 Spartan soldiers fought off the vast Persian army.

One thing that I would like to concentrate on in this review is the parallels between King Leonidas' offer to bow down before Xerxes and Jesus' temptation by Satan.

Those scenes illustrate perhaps better than a reading of the Bible does. It illustrates the temptation for Leonidas to take the easy way out rather than to take the tough stand against evil.

In the same way our King and Lord, Jesus had to take a stand against Satan. He could have achieved victory on this earth easily but he didn't. He chose to die on the cross for our sins.

And just like Leonidas, we remember Jesus' death and sacrifice as he commanded us through Holy Communion to do it in remembrance of him.

On a final note, the imagery of noble warriors fighting even unto death reminds me of the calling of Christians to live their lives on this earth nobly to fight the good fight. We will die one day. The message of the world is to enjoy and live life comfortably. But a warrior looks forward to living a life and finishing it well. We are warriors in this life. We are soldiers in the army of Christ. Let us live like and die for a greater cause other than ourselves.

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

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