The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?


5. TRANSCENDENCE: Confrontation, Conflict, and Conquest

5b. The Mayhem

M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels


M. Neo and Trinity invade the military building, destroying the guards in the lobby and on the roof. Agent Brown 'possesses' a rooftop guard (Lt. Kim). When Trinity shoots Agent Brown, it is Lt. Kim's body that is dead.
S. There is no neutral ground between God and Satan. Those who do not believe God are friends of the world system by default. God's judgment against sin is righteous; we must either receive Christ taking the judgment for sin, or reject Christ and bear sin's judgment ourselves. Thus, when God wars against evil, those who are not allied with God through Christ are not considered 'innocents'. They will perish as well as the enemy (Agents), even if they are 'oblivious' to the enemy they serve. The people in the Matrix were not aware of the true nature of the Agents - but the Agents enslaved and dominated them nonetheless! Those who do not believe in God often do not believe in Satan either - but such unbelief does not make God and Satan nonexistent! There is no neutral ground. 'Lt. Kim' represents someone who is directly possessed by the enemy. Even though an Agent used him, Lt. Kim still died as part of the conflict with good. As Jesus warned, "He that is not with Me is against Me" (Matthew 12:30).
M. After Neo rescues Morpheus, Morpheus will tell Neo, "There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."
S. (see comments about this statement in the section about the visit to the Oracle)
M. Instead of running from Agent Smith in the subway, Neo turns and faces him.
S. A Christian is not to retreat from Satan, but to stand against him in faith (Ephesians 6:13).
M. As Neo takes a stand, Morpheus says, "He's beginning to believe [have faith]."
S. Faith in God is the backbone of the Christian. "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." (I Corinthians 16:13).
M. Agent Smith and Neo battle in the subway. Throughout the film, Agents display supernatural strength and speed. When humans fight the Agents according to the rules of the Matrix [natural laws], humans lose. Punches hurt, bullets kill, gravity pulls. But whenever Neo fights according to the truth, he can overcome the lie of the Matrix and defeat the enemy.
S. We cannot fight sin and spiritual forces with natural means such as willpower, political maneuvers, social agendas, wisdom of man, etc. But when a Christian uses spiritual weapons, he wins. "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses…" (2 Corinthians 10:3). Spiritual weapons are faith, the scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and many more.
M. In the subway fight, Agent Smith calls Neo "Mr. Anderson" four times. Smith is trying to use Neo's "old" Matrix name to destroy his faith, telling him he is no different than he ever was. Neo growls, "MY NAME IS NEO!" and defeats Agent Smith in this round of battle.
S. Satan, sin, and the fallen world system will always try to make a Christian think he is merely his former self in the natural, denying that he was changed to a neo/new creature by faith in Christ. But a Christian must not walk by sight, or by deception. He must have faith in God's truth, which gives him strength to resist the lies and walk in victory.

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5c. The Murder

M. At room 303, Agent Smith shoots Neo and kills him. When Neo is flatlined, Trinity tells Neo she loves him. She kisses him, causing him to revive and fight to a victory.
S. The love of ‘Trinity’ (which can represent the divine Trinity here) kept new-man ('Neo') going even through the shadow of death itself. "Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor [many other things]…shall separate us from the love of God in Christ…" (Romans 8:38,39). "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me…" (Psalm 23:3)
M. Despite deadly danger, Trinity demonstrated calm faith in the truth – that although Neo was dead, she reasoned in the truth that he could not stay dead because it had been prophesied that Neo was the one who would save mankind.
S. If we now allegorize Trinity as a mere person, this scene parallels a person's salvation by faith in Christ and His resurrection. "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved." (Romans 10:9). This is faith in the word of God (oracle) as well.
Like Trinity in the film, Abraham in the old testament was required to have the same faith in a similar situation. God promised Abraham that 1) his son Isaac that would be the father of a great nation, and then 2) told Abraham to kill Isaac. Hebrews chapter 11 shows that Abraham 'put one and two together', reasoning that 1) in order for Isaac to be the father of a nation meant that 2) God would have to raise sacrificed Isaac from the dead. So, he acted in faith by obeying God's orders - but God stopped the sacrifice of Isaac, although God would not stop the sacrifice of His Son Jesus that Abraham's prophetic act foreshadowed. God was having Abraham provide a living demonstration of faith in the resurrection - a picture of what a man must have to become a Christian (see Romans 10:9 above).
M. Trinity says, "Neo, I'm not afraid any more. The Oracle told me..."
S. Faith in the true word of God banishes fear.

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5d. The Master

M. Neo revives, and the Agents shoot at him. Neo stops the bullets in midair by faith [relying on the truth].
S. This is a literal portrayal of "taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles [bullets] of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:16). "No weapon formed against you shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17).
M. As Neo looks down the hallway, he now sees the code of the Matrix - the green streams of data. This lets us know that Neo fully sees the Matrix world as it truly is.
S. God gives a Christian understanding through His Spirit and His word, to identify the true nature of things. "Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)", nor can he grasp the false and temporary nature of the fallen world that opposes it. Also, in respect to Satan [the Agents], Christians "are not ignorant of his schemes [like the machine's scheme of using the Matrix to control humanity.]" (2 Corinthians 2:11).
M. Neo does not destroy Smith by physically fighting him, but by entering him and destroying him.
S. Spiritual enemies must be fought not with natural means, but with spiritual means: prayer, faith, submission to God, using the Word of God, truth, walking controlled by the Spirit of God, etc. God honors these weapons and will use them powerfully against the enemy. "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses…" (2 Corinthians 10:3).
M. A summary of this sequence: When Neo revives, Trinity commands Neo, "Now get up!" Neo obeys and rises. The Agents fire at Neo, and Neo says, "No!" stopping the bullets in midair by relying on the truth. Neo destroys Agent Smith, and the other Agents flee.
S. This sequence is a literal portrayal of the verse "Submit therefore to God ['Trinity'], resist the devil [Neo saying 'No' and fighting Agent Smith] and he will flee from you [the remaining Agents flee]." (James 4:8)
M. When the film began, Trinity was in room 303. Neo's room was 101. Neo now exits the Matrix from room 303.
S. We can perhaps allow '3' to be representative of God (the Trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit). '1' can represent fallen man, who is lower, single, and apart from God. When Neo ends the story in room 303, this shows that he has completed his journey from isolated, unsaved man ('1') to being reconciled with God ('3').
M. Neo speaks into a phone at the end of the film, saying that he is going to show the people the truth and set them free.
S. Jesus Christ gives every Christian the commission of sharing His truth with a lost world, so that people can be set free from sin and death by faith in Christ.
M. The song that plays when Neo finishes his phone call is Wake Up by the group Rage Against The Machine.
S. A fitting title. A Christian's commission is to be used by God to help others wake from sleep, just as Trinity was calling Neo to "wake up!" at the beginning of the film. The band name "Rage Against The Machine [Matrix]" can suggest God's anger against the corrupt world system.
M. In the final scene, Neo soars victoriously into the sky. Compare this to his earlier fear of heights!
S. Neo flying up to the sky can represent a Christian going to be with God after the earthly life is over (John 14:1-3). Also, as history comes to a close, God will one day take all Christians up to be with Him in an immediate 'rapture' into the sky (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18). Neo now has no fear of heights - he is truly victorious in his faith. Notice that Neo looks UP before flying - symbolizing focus on God, not on obstacles.

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