“How do we explain God to His own Son?”
Scripted from the book, Christ the Lord Out of Egypt, by Anne Rice. The title film is the story’s message. Here we find Joseph, Mary, Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) and their relatives, being asked to leave Alexandria; because Jesus was accused of killing a boy and then raised him from the dead. The town’s consensus—the boy was a worker of the devil, they’d been there for seven years and that was long enough.
Some of the scenes reminded me of parts of stories I’ve read in the Lost Books of the Bible concerning a young Jesus. This is an imaginative story of how Jesus’ childhood might have been. The only two references I found that are scriptural, were the fact that Joseph (Vincent Walsh) was to go back to Nazareth after the death of King Herod. And Joseph had a dream to leave Nazareth (Matthew 2:13-14 NKJV) and a dream to return.(Matthew 2:19-20 NKJV)
On the road leading home, Jesus sees many things—a demon (no one sees but him), the Prince of Chaos (Rory Keenan), is following him. Some things he sees are foreboding concerning his life. To make matters much worse, King Herod’s son sends Severus, a Roman centurion, to kill the youth; since he’s heard of a young boy performing miracles. Fearing for his safety, Joseph tells Jesus he must not use his power.
Jesus sneaks off, in the middle of the night, to go to the Temple of Jerusalem, not realizing that Severus was on his trail. Eli gets him into the temple pass the Roman guard. Jesus is in search of answers concerning who he is. Answers that Joseph did not feel he was old enough to hear. He finds out some information from a blind Rabbi. (David Burke) After barely escaping the Roman sword, a young Jesus is back at camp with Joseph and Mary.
As Mary and Jesus sit beneath the trees she begins telling him how he was born and that his father is God. A young Messiah concluded his purpose for being on earth was to know what it was like being human and to live.
This is a very well written script and a very beautiful conceptual piece. The humanity of a seven year old Jesus, is so touching and endearing to behold. I highly recommend this film, especially to families with young children. I believe it would help them gain a whole new perspective on the ‘mysteries of Jesus’ as a child.
The Young Messiah was originally released in 2016, is 111 min and rated PG-13. Can be seen on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
We give The Young Messiah
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