The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?


2. TRANSFORMATION: Conversion, Conception, and Construction

2a. Red Pill

M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels


M. Thomas takes the red pill and swallows it.
S. This is salvation! It represents an act of faith in the red blood of Christ. "…righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe…" (Romans 3:22). "…being justified through His blood…" (Romans 5:8,9)
M. Neo chases the red pill with a glass of water.
S. The red pill represents Christ's blood, and it is the only necessary ingredient. Neo did not have to drink the water; he could have swallowed the red pill without it. He could have also drunk the water after taking the blue pill. But if we do choose to use the water in the analogy, it may be paralleled to many things. Here are a few:

1) Jesus referred to the Spirit of God as 'Living Water' (John 7:38). (In this case, that Water would be essential.) "…whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst,…it will become…eternal life" (John 4:14). To complement, Jesus also said, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will not thirst" (John 6:35). Even the last chapter of the Bible says, "And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost". (Revelation 22:17b)

2) When Jesus was crucified, both water and blood flowed from His pierced side, evidence of a literally broken heart. (John 19:34)

3) Water can also symbolize baptism, which, in brief, is a believer's public form of professing faith in Christ and being identified with Him. But a better allegory of baptism exists when Neo falls into the water later.

4) Water may also represent the Word of God ("…by the washing of water with the word…" - Ephesians 5:26). The word is an important force in helping us come to faith in Christ. "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17). Note the sequence here: "From childhood, you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (Paul speaking to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14).

M. Thomas now truly becomes Neo.
S. 'Neo' literally means 'New'. "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old has gone, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
M. It is wryly interesting that the first words Neo hears upon taking the red pill are "Follow me."
S. As soon as anyone becomes a Christian through faith in Jesus, God immediately demands obedient discipleship. Among Jesus’ initial commands to his disciples were "Follow me." (Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, and many more.)
M. Morpheus tells Neo, "Time is always against us."
S. A new Christian is instructed by God to "make the most of the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16). A Christian should be fully focused on God's work as a wicked earth draws closer to final judgment.
A second application: It is now time for Thomas to 'wake up' in the real world, which echoes, "…knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer…" (Romans 13:11).
M. Looking at the hi-tech device that will extract him from the Matrix into the truth of the real world, Neo asks Trinity, "You did all this?" "Uh-huh [yes]," Trinity replies.
S. God ('Trinity') is the "author (constructor) of eternal salvation" (Hebrews 5:9).
M. Part of the Matrix extraction device includes an old-style rotary telephone.
S. This humorous touch can be paralleled to show that God's methods do not need to change. Some cliché Christianity as 'old time religion', but the truth is that the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ do not lose truth or power over time. Faith in Christ will always be the only method of salvation and extraction from a fallen world.
M. Morpheus tells Neo that the red pill will "disrupt [his] input/output carrier signal" with the Matrix system, which allows them to pinpoint his location.
S. When a person trusts in Christ for salvation, he is severed [disrupted] from the fallen world system [Matrix] by "the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." (Galatians 6:14). Metaphorically, God has also then found [pinpointed] His lost sheep (Luke 15).


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