For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
The Apostle Paul, 2 Timothy 4:6-7
Paul: The Apostle of Christ
In a world where Christians are more known for what they are against than for, the movie “Paul: Apostle of Christ” reminds us that, first and foremost, Christians follow Jesus Christ and are to imitate him in acts of love.
Jim Caviezel returns to the time of perhaps his greatest role – the first century AD. Instead of playing Jesus Christ, he takes on the role of the Gospel writer Luke. He also serves as Executive Producer.
James Falkner plays the Apostle Paul at the end of his life. Paul is in the Mamertine Prison, having been blamed by Emperor Nero for burning down of half of Rome. He is awaiting execution when Luke comes to visit him in order to “write his story.” That story would become the New Testament Book of Acts.
Luke’s intentions are for second and third generation Christians who are facing persecution but have no direct link to Christ or the Apostles to strengthen and inspire them.
The church I serve – St. Matthew Lutheran in Hawthorn Woods – hosted a premier showing of the film the day before wide release. The film is a bit graphic, but nothing like The Passion of the Christ. The most critical statement I’ve seen of the film is about its pacing. It is a bit slow. But not overly so, with a running time of under 2 hours.
This movie would be a good opportunity for a Christian to take a friend or two who is not and then talk about what it is that Christians believe.