In an attempt to receive some respite this afternoon from loud children and recovering from worship, I fell upon the great movie, "Matrix." I had always known it to have many religious symbols, but this time one scene hit our sinfulness right on the head.
When Neo (Keanu Reeves) was deciding whether or not to join the group of people pursuing him, Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) gave him two options. To eat the green or red pill. If he had the green pill, he would continue to live in his current life. However, if he had the red pill Morpheus says, "You will find out the truth. The truth that you are in captivity, you are a slave to someone else, but will be set free."
Sound familar to attending worship on Sunday mornings? We learn that due to original sin we are in captivity and a slave to sin, but when in Christ we are set free. Yet, being set free, as Neo learned, was not a release from problems, it brought the reality of our problem. And it instantly points us to the solution of sin: the cross.
Next time you watch Matrix, check out the Christological themes. It runs thick.