This weekend, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the sinking on Titanic, the movie Titanic is being re-released in theaters, this time in 3D, which has prompted more than one facebook posting saying that this time they might actually see the iceberg in time.
Jokes aside, that no matter how many times you see the movie, the boat still sinks; the movie has many religious overtones to it, which is not surprising being that it depicts an event in which some 1200 people died.
One could point to the string quartet’s final piece which they play together before departing for what will most certainly be their deaths being ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ all the while the people around them are in panic waiting to board lifeboats, no doubt some asking ‘where is God in all of this?’. There is also the scene of the priest reciting Psalm 23 and portions of Revelation, while a number of people cling to him, and to the words of comfort that he speaks, as they are all nearing their own final moments.
But in a movie that deals almost entirely with death, there is also a scene of life and hope.
At the end of the movie, after Rose throws the coveted necklace into the ocean, she is shown sleeping, and I assume, she dies that night, at sea, over the very place where Titanic sank, and her beloved Jack died.
The final scene of the movie shows her entering the grand hall of Titanic, where she meets once again all of the people who died that night on Titanic, including the captain, and the ship’s designer, and a number of others. Waiting for her patiently on the stair case is Jack.
Ironically, this plays off the researcher’s opening question to Rose when she recounts her story ‘Are you ready to go back to Titanic?’ Because at the end of the movie, after she has told her story, which she has never shared previously, Rose dies and finally does go back to Titanic to be with Jack.
The director of the movie would like you to think that this is two lovers being reunited at last at the very place where they met and died, on Titanic. The afterlife would then be that you go to the point and time in your life where you were the happiest; which for Rose, was on Titanic, for the period of 48-72 hours when she was with Jack.
That is what the movie would like you to think.
Allow me to offer another rendering of that scene.
It is your entrance into Paradise when you die.
As soon as you die, you are instantly in the presence of Jesus. Which is what the movie shows, albeit without Christ: as soon as Rose dies, she is with Jack, who she has earlier described as her savior.
In the real Paradise that we await, you are not just reunited with friends and family who have already fallen asleep in the faith; you are in the presence of Jesus; which is far better. Jesus loved you so much that He died for you on the cross so that you might experience this Paradise, and that is a love that no one in heaven or on earth can match.
For no matter what we experience here on earth, no matter how happy or joyful it might be; it does not compare with heaven. Heaven trumps whatever we experience here on earth; because it is that much better.
Going back to Titanic and Jack may be a nice way to end the movie; but going to heaven, and being with Jesus is a far better way for us to end our earthly life.