I watched the movie Risen on Easter, as I hadn’t viewed it before and was intrigued. I was curious to find out how the plot would unfold through the backstory of a non-believing military tribune.
IMO the movie was well done, and I was moved by the continued theme of leaving violence in the past and leading people with love, the message Jesus brought his followers.
Ultimately like Christ followers of today, the tribune experienced the love and life change of Jesus, or Yeshua as they called Him in the movie. “Yeshua (ישוע, with vowel pointing יֵשׁוּעַ – yēšūă‘ in Hebrew) was a common alternative form of the name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (“Yehoshua” – Joshua) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous (Ἰησοῦς), from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Near the end of the movie after the tribune has abandoned his post he is shown traveling with the Apostles to find Jesus. The tribune has a choice of killing his former second in command to avoid capture or be caught. Instead he chooses love and states “there’s no enemies here” and leads the Apostles to safety without violence.
Just like Yeshua taught his followers over 2,000 years ago to lead with love, we’re called to love and even pray for our enemies. While it’s not easy to do I’m slowly starting to see how if God can redeem my sins by sacrificing his own Son, then I can forgive others.
“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25