The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?


1. TRACKING: Confusion, Contact, and Conviction

1b. Club

M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels


M. The club is obviously a degenerate place, where Choi is surrounded by his 'harem' of friends, oozing chic as someone lights his cigarette. The shadowy scene seems to be a celebration of bondage, with dance cages and a few S&M-style costumes. Music by Rob Zombie provides a sonic backdrop for the dark set.
S. This setting depicts the depraved, sinful state of the fallen world. Even though darkness keeps fallen man in bondage, many choose the darkness over the Light. Rob Zombie's music is a perfect thematic fit, as Mr. Zombie likes to associate himself with evil on his products (for example, he uses a sinister portrait and pentagram on the Hellbilly Deluxe CD).
M. Thomas/Neo stands alone and apart from the dance club crowd, looking uncomfortable.
S. This highlights a lost person's growing discomfort with the wrong state of self and surroundings.
M. Trinity contacts Thomas/Neo at the worldly club, calling him by name and describing his private habits.
S. Like the Shepherd going away from safe pasture to find the lost sheep (Luke 15) or Jesus eating with the despised tax gatherers (Matthew. 9:11), God pursues the lost man even in the most worldly circumstances. God also intimately knows the private life of the sinner, like Trinity saying, "I know what you've been doing."
M. Trinity warns Thomas that he is in danger and that he is being watched.
S. Trinity's statement, "I brought you here to warn you" has echoes of "...flee from the wrath to come" (Luke 3:7). The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16.8).
M. Trinity and Morpheus prompt Thomas three times to verbalize what is on his conscience: 1) Trinity prompts Thomas, "You know the question…" to which Thomas answers, "What is the Matrix?" 2) Later on the cell phone Morpheus prompts, "Do you know who this is?" and Thomas answers, "Morpheus!" 3) At the hotel, Morpheus describes Thomas' sense of something wrong, then prompts, "Do you know what I'm talking about?" Thomas replies, "The Matrix." This triple confirmation helps Thomas to crystallize what he is sensing, as well as to prove that he is becoming ready to receive the truth.
S. To find truth, we must be honest with ourselves about what we are sensing from God. Daring to reach into our foggy convictions and crystallize them will ignite them in our hearts as a crisis that we must act upon. Thomas was prompted to acknowledge both the Matrix (the fallen world) and Morpheus (representing God here) as the two sides he must choose between.
M. Trinity tells Neo, "The answer is out there…it's looking for you. And it will find you, if you want it to."
S. God is longing for us far more than we are looking for Him (Luke 15, Matthew 23:37) But He "stands at the door and knocks" (Revelation 3:20); He does not break down the door. We must want to be saved; the choice to open the door of our hearts and allow Christ to enter is ours.


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