The Matrix as Messiah Movie

The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?


1. TRACKING: Confusion, Contact, and Conviction

1e. The Road to Morpheus

M = The Matrix Story
S = Spiritual Parallels


M. After the interrogation, Morpheus contacts Thomas again and asks, "Now do you still want to meet?"
S. God is persistent in His rescue of the sinner.
M. Morpheus tells Thomas, "You may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I've spent my entire life looking for you."
S. God comes to seek and save the lost, even when sinful people do not desire Him. It is God that looks and longs for us. (See the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son in Luke 15; also Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8.)
M. After being tormented by Agent Smith, Thomas understands the dangers of allowing the enemy to have him. Morpheus asks Thomas, "Now do you still want to meet?" "Yes!" answers Thomas. (another choice!)
S. The sinner comes to understand that the cost of staying in evil's grip is less than the risk of taking the Way out.
M. Morpheus tells Thomas to "go to the Adam Street Bridge." (another choice!)
S. God takes the lost person to the root of the problem – the sin nature we inherited from Adam. To admit our sinfulness is a key step in the path to truth, so we can see that Someone must save us from that sin (thus, a 'Savior').
M. Thomas waits under the bridge. A car drives up, the door opens, and Trinity tells Thomas to get in. (another choice!) Switch points a gun at Thomas. "What's that for?" asks Thomas. "For our protection," answers Trinity. "From what?" asks Thomas. "From you," she replies. Thomas is contaminated with a tracer 'bug', and he might also become an Agent at any time, as they still control him in the Matrix!
S. God will not allow sin to infiltrate His holiness. His method of dealing with sin is extermination. After Adam and Eve sinned, God removed them from the garden so that they could "not also eat from the Tree of Life, and live forever." (Genesis 3:22). God did not want man to live forever while trapped in a sinful state, to have eternity polluted with sinful beings. When a sinner trusts Christ, God considers that sinner to be crucified (exterminated) with Christ (Romans. 6:6), and mercifully reborn spiritually as a 'new creature' (2 Corinthians 5:17). Switch did not hate Thomas; she only hated the bug within him. God hates sin, but loves the sinner infected by it. God will ultimately destroy sin, but is holding back for a while so that each person can choose between the two ways of having his sin 'exterminated' – either trust Christ who bore God's death penalty for sin on our behalf, or keep our sin nature and thus be burned with it when God destroys sin.
M. Switch tells Thomas, "it's our way – or the highway." (a choice!) Not wanting to submit himself to anybody, Thomas says, "Fine!" and begins to exit the car to return to the rainy darkness of the false Matrix world. But Trinity puts a comforting hand on Thomas' shoulder and says, "Please, you have to trust me. Because you have been down there; you know that road. You know exactly where it ends. And I know that's not where you want to be." Thomas considers the empty road and realizes Trinity's words are true and for his own good. So Thomas chooses to stay with her.
S. Here again is the theme that there is only one Way to real life. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, except through Me." (John 14:6). Switch uses the term 'highway' to describe the option of going back to the slavery of the Matrix, which is an interesting parallel to "…the way is broad [like a 'highway'] that leads to destruction…but the way is narrow that leads to life" (Matt. 7:13).
Thomas represents the pride of man when he says "Fine!" In other words, "Nobody tells me what to do!" Had Thomas obeyed his pride and exited, how do you think he would have felt later? He would never have found the truth, and would be back on the same confused, dead road, yet still be hunted by the enemy.
Trinity's gentle empathy with Thomas reflects that aspect of God as well. Her understanding tone causes Thomas to look hard at the road outside and the empty, answerless death it brings. It also shows her care for Thomas, in contrast to the threats of the Agents. Trinity pleading with Thomas (she said "please") reflects the amazing fact that Almighty God literally pleads with the sinner. "…As though God were making an appeal through us, we beg [also plead, implore] you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20).
M. So that Thomas can have an audience with Morpheus, Trinity hunts and painfully extracts the bloody metallic 'bug' from Thomas' stomach, then casts it out the window.
S. God will listen to the man who comes admitting sin, but not to the man who hides it. "If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear" (Psalm 66:18). Honesty is a requirement. And just as the extraction of the 'bug' was bloody for Thomas, the payment for sin demands blood. "...without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22). This is why Jesus shed His pure blood on the cross, to provide perfect payment for all who believe.
M. When Thomas sees the nightmarish, bloody 'bug' that Trinity has extracted, he blurts, "That thing is real!?"
S. God increases the sinner's awareness of his inward contamination by sin. The problem is not only the world around him; he himself is polluted within. "I had that inside me? I wonder what else is wrong within me?"

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