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I am not a TV or watching enthusiast, especially when most of what is highlighted is hope draining and depressing. Of course I do not entirely subscribe to a denial of current happenings but I purpose to meditate on the Truth as opposed to facts. That Truth might still offend some currently, but it does not cease to be the Truth. This truth holds that in all these things God’s righteous character has not changed and that His eternal purpose will continue being fulfilled.
Anyway back to my watching story, my phase one boys wanted so much to watch the Descendants. This is a three part film that covers the lives of the children of various evil characters in classics like Beauty and the Beast, Alladin , Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians. Since the children have been very helpful as baby sitters in this season, I consented and everyone was happy.
I must say that at first film put me off , the music was excellently done, but it seemed to glorify evil so much that I attempted to negotiate for a change but none would hear of that. With a winner’s look, the eldest encouraged me to continue watching, per adventure I might see Christ somewhere in the whole thing.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1 :20 (NLT)
The story revolves around Prince Benjamin’s(the Beast’s son) benevolence when he allows the descendants from the Isle of the Lost to come to Auradon. This is simply great:
Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2: 11-13 (NLT)
His decision however, carries with it a hefty cost. The Descendants: Mal, Ivie, Carlos, and Jay are still so evil and undeserving. It is in this phase of the film that I encountered my Ufarisayo (as one friend on fb would call it) or in my English, Phariseesm. I so wanted to save Benjamin (my picture of Jesus) from the Mal the evil and conniving girl.
So many times I would catch myself saying, “why can’t he see that she doesn’t mean well?” The history of the Descendants was getting in my way of seeing how Jesus sees.
Jesus sees beyond the tax collector’s corruption, sees beyond the Samaritan woman’s seven husbands , He sees beyond Peter’s character issues, He sees beyond our weaknesses and failures. Above all, He sees the end for which He was slain before the beginning of time – A pure bride reigning with Him.
It is such a refreshing moment when the bride (Mal) begins to see as her Lord and groom sees. Yes she even sees her nemesis Uma as one who needs a chance at a life of freedom, she sees that all the children of the Isle need a chance at freedom and the opportunity of a higher kind of life.
What more, she is willing to forfeit her comforts and even her crown to extend this freedom to the others. I am not sure the makers of the film had this message in mind, in fact many other themes can be derived from this sequel but the picture of the bride and groom -Christ and His church grabbed and held my attention.
As the bride of Christ may we catch His heart and extend to all around us ,the same love that has been shed abroad in our hearts.