Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?
MATRIX AS MESSIAH MOVIE
(Neo allegorized as
Allegory of Neo as a Christ Figure
Part 3: The death, resurrection,
victory, and ascension of Christ
This is quite a
stretch, but after Trinity brings Neo dinner and goes outside with Cypher, there is a
pattern of a cross on Neo's door, which can foreshadow what is about to happen to Neo.
Like Jesus becoming a
human being and entering the world, Neo 'incarnates' into the Matrix world to save
Morpheus and humanity.
Like Jesus giving
himself on the cross as a substitute for our sins, Neo 'substitutes' his own life for that
of Morpheus. Morpheus escapes judgment by a 'leap of faith' and 'receiving' Neo's hand,
just as it takes faith to receive Christ. "To as many as received Him, to them He
gave the right to become children of God..." (John 1:12). Neo escorts Morpheus to
safety (escape in the phone booth), while Neo remains behind to die instead of Morpheus.
Neo remains alone in
the Matrix subway; not even Morpheus (who is like a 'Father') or 'Trinity' are there to
help. Facing the Agents alone, Neo dies, defeats the Agents, and then comes back to the
Nebuchadnezzar. In the same way, Christ had to face his death alone - the disciples
scattered in fear, and Jesus even cried out to the Father, "Why have You forsaken
Me?" as God placed the sin of the world upon His sacrificed Son.
Agent Smith strikes
Neo, who falls and spits blood, just as Jesus was struck on the mouth during the beatings
before the cross. Trinity says, "Jesus - they're killing him," as either a
prayer or use of the Lord's name in vain - but it has double meaning for the allegory. In
other words, "They're killing Jesus."
Neo dies as Agent
Smith shoots him. If we consider that the man created the Artificial Intelligence, then
man effectively killed Neo, just as our sins demanded Christ's death. (For technical
purposes: even though Satan unwittingly played a role in God's redemption plan by
possessing Judas and also stirring up the crowds to crucify Jesus, it was truly God who
chose to 'crush' his own Son for our sins on the cross; see Isaiah 53:10)
Neo resurrects from
the dead, just as Christ did. (Some of you clever mathematicians out there might stopwatch
how long Neo was dead and figure some way to equate it to 3 days. Perhaps 72 seconds = 72
hours = 3 days?)
The Oracle had said
that Neo was maybe waiting on his "next life" as a form of hinted prophecy. The
Word of God also predicted the resurrection of the Messiah, which Christ fulfilled.
'Trinity' arguably is
the one that brought Neo back from death by her love. In parallel, God the Father, who is
love (John 4:8a) raised Christ from the dead (Galatians 1:1).
In a different aspect,
a woman (Trinity) was the first one present at Neo's resurrection, just as it was a woman
who first saw Christ raised (Mary Magdalene in John 20:14 and 18).
Earlier in the film,
Morpheus describes the Agents as the ones "guarding all the doors, holding all the
keys." After Neo revived in the Matrix, he could see and understand the Matrix code
all around him. He 'had the key' to the Matrix that kept humanity in a deathlike state.
Neo also entered Agent Smith and defeated him, just as Jesus defeated Satan. The risen
Christ now holds the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1:18) because of his crucifixion,
"that through death He [Christ] might render powerless him who had the power of
death, that is the devil." (Hebrews 2:14). And as for Agents "guarding all the
doors", Jesus said, "I am the door, if anyone enters through Me, he will be
saved." (John 10:9).
When Neo destroys
Agent Smith, he stands as a brilliant, shining figure of light. In the same way, Jesus
said, "I am the Light of the world," (John 9:5). And, "The Light shines in
the darkness, and the darkness did not overpower it" (John 1:4), just as shining Neo
overpowered evil Agent Smith.
Neo displays total
power over both the Matrix environment and the Agents. Jesus now wields unlimited power.
"All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me," said the risen Christ
in Matthew 28:18.
Neo speaks into a
phone at the end of the movie, apparently telling the enemy machines that "I'm going
to show them a world without you, a world without rules..." Christ will give his
believers an eternal paradise, free from sin and the rules of the fallen world. Christ
sets the believer free from the law of sin and death, and writes God's ways upon his
heart. In heaven the believer will not need rules against sin, as he will have been
perfected forever by God.
Neo's speech into the
phone has aspects of Jesus Christ's last earthly speech that tradition calls the
"Great Commission." Neo says he is going to free the people of the Matrix,
representing every nation of the world (note that the green code of the Matrix has
characters from many languages). Just before His ascent into heaven, Jesus commissioned
his followers to go make disciples of all nations.
ascends into the sky at the end of the film. After Jesus Christ's ministry on earth was
complete, He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9).
"Neo" is an anagram, meaning the letters can be rearranged to make different
words. There are three different anagrams possible - a 'trinity' of meanings! 'NEO',
'ONE', and 'EON'.
'new', just as Christ says "Behold, I am making all things new" (Revelation
21:5) and makes a lost person a "new creation" when he trusts Christ (2
refer to Jesus as the promised One, the Messiah - just as Neo was "the One".
"EON" can be
defined as "an indefinitely long period of time," i.e., eternity. Christ is
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