By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Last Wednesday evening, I hailed a taxi outside the U.S. Capitol building and told the driver I was headed to the movie theater in Georgetown. I was impressed that the cabbie, who I learned was a Christian man originally from Ethiopia, quickly discerned that I was headed to a screening of the soon-to-be-released Son of God film. As we made our way across town, God used our conversation about the Bible and Christianity not only as an encouragement after a busy day, but as a preparation for my heart for what was to come.
It has been 10 years since The Passion of the Christ drew crowds to theaters and stirred countless conversations about faith. Now, Son of God promises to do the same. The award-winning producers of last year’s widely popular miniseries The Bible are excited to bring the message of our Savior’s life, death, and resurrection to the silver screen. Actress Roma Downey, particularly well-known for her starring role in Touched by an Angel, and her husband, Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett, said, “We are very excited to be working with Twentieth Century Fox to release Son of God as a major motion picture…. It's the story of Jesus for a whole new generation.”
Diogo Morgado, an actor from Portugal, plays the role of Jesus from the early days of his ministry recruiting disciples near the Sea of Galilee to the turning point of human history on Calvary and at the empty tomb, and then ending with an appearance to the exiled Apostle John on the island of Patmos. Of this performance, Pastor Rick Warren stated, “I’ve seen most of the films about Jesus produced in the past 50 years. Son of God stands alone, in a class by itself. It is a powerful and poignant movie, the best Jesus movie I have ever seen.”
Son of God will open in theaters nationwide on February 28, 2014. However, those attending the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, will not only get to enjoy hearing in person from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett Saturday evening (February 22), but will be able to watch a special screening of the entire movie on Sunday evening (February 23). NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson commented, “Convention attendees will be blessed to hear from this faithful couple and to be among the first to witness what promises to be a major motion picture event.”
Published: February 13, 2014