“The Revenant is a 2015 American epic western thriller film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Written by Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith, based in part on Michael Punke’s The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, the film is inspired by the experiences of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. Set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass, and co-stars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson.” – Wikipedia
I haven’t seen the movie, and I probably won’t, but the title, and the commercials have captured my attention.
The Revenant. Are you familiar with the word, revenant? I wasn’t, but thanks to my handy-dandy dictionary app it was easy to look up.
Revenant: One that returns after death or a long absence.
I’ve read a little bit about the movie, and a skosh more about Hugh Glass. Fascinating.
I’m not sure what changes Hollywood made to the Hugh Glass story, in order to adapt it to the silver screen, but the man’s story is incredible. After all he went through, including getting mauled by a mama grizzly, and being left in the middle of nowhere; the man simply refused to die!
I would be surprised if the story wasn’t enhanced a touch, after all the paying public wants to get its money’s worth.
By the way, the movie has been nominated for at least 9 different awards in the upcoming 2016 Academy Awards Ceremony February 28.
As I said earlier, I’m intrigued with the movie; and especially the title’s meaning; one that returns after death or a long absence.
But what about Someone Who returns after death AND a long absence?
Jesus Christ, even more of a historical figure than Hugh Glass, suffered incredible torture, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day, He rose from the grave and was seen by over 500 people. After 40 days, He ascended to His Father’s right hand in Heaven.
That was about 2,000 years ago. And all He did back then, He did for people like you and I, as well as for people such as Hugh Glass, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood producers, and anyone else who is either a somebody or a nobody.
And guess what? He’s coming back again! And I think it will be soon.
I read that people were surprised when Hugh Glass showed up, after being presumed dead.
Imagine what the world’s gonna think, say, and do when the Son of God appears for all to see!
“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1:7 NKJV)
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:7-8 NKJV)
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31 NKJV)
“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:10-11 NKJV)
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14 NKJV)
I’m sure there are some who think I’m a nut case for believing such a “ridiculous story” about God, Who became man, died and rose again to pay the penalty for His creation’s sin.
Yet they can find a way to believe Hollywood’s version of the Hugh Glass story, whether much, little, or none of it’s true.
And that’s alright; really, it is. Hollywood can do whatever it wants, and it doesn’t matter at all whether people believe their stories or not.
But when it comes to the Show of the ages, it’s a matter of life and death.
Because there actually is Someone Who lived, died, rose, and is coming again.
But not for revenge. He’s coming for the salvation of all who call Him Lord.
Go ahead, read the Book.
Don’t wait for the Hollywood version.