Majestic is a short film which uses symbolic visuals to dramatically exposit the scriptures, for the purpose of preaching and teaching the good news of God's Son, Jesus Christ. The film is made up entirely of narrated Bible verses - Hebrews 1:1-4, Psalm 8, Hebrews 2:8-9, 14-15 and Philippians 2:6-11. It is a symbolic adaption which seeks to magnify the truth of these scriptures through dramatic, visuals. The purpose is to utilize the word of God to communicate the good news about Jesus Christ. Our hope for this film is that it brings light and revelation of who God is and stirs up love and worship for Him in those who watch it.
God, in his love for mankind, entered into his own creation as a "man of dust" (1 Corinthians 15:47) in the person of his son, Jesus Christ. He gave himself up for us, sharing in the pain and suffering of our humanity, so that he could redeem us from sin, death and the Devil. In this, he has revealed to us the true nature and character of God. In the person of Jesus Christ, we can truly see why the name of the Lord is "majestic" in all the earth.
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In Psalm 8 David makes the proclamation two times that "the name" of the LORD is "majestic" in all the earth. When I decided to adapt Psalm 8 into a short film, one of my primary goals was to answer the question of "why" is his name majestic. What is it about God that enables fallen, sinful, self-focused, unbelieving human beings like David - and like ME and YOU - to worship Him and make proclamations of praise like we see in this Psalm? The revelation of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ is the one who has "made known" the name of God (John 17:26). In other words, it is by looking at Jesus and seeing who He is that we can truly and fully see and understand who the Father is (John 14:7). It is the person of Jesus Christ Who explains to us why the name of the Lord is majestic in all the earth.
The author of Hebrews understood that Psalm 8 finds it's most ultimate fulfillment in the person of Jesus. It is the New Covenant revelation that is the "reality" and "substance" of all the writings of the Old Testament (Colossians 2:17). For this reason, this film consists of multiple New Testament scriptures that surround Psalm 8 and help to extrapolate it's truest spiritual meaning.
In scripture, a person's name holds much more significance than being simply a title given to distinguish them from others. Often in scripture, a person's name expresses the very being of the one whom the name belongs to. A name expresses something about the character of that person - who they are and what they are like.
In Psalm 8, David proclaims that the name of the Lord is "majestic" (awesome, magnificent, elevated) in all the earth. David is speaking about much more than just God's "title", or the letters that make up his name. David is communicating that God's very CHARACTER and NATURE is "majestic" - excellent, good, worthy, glorious.
This truth brings a whole new weight of significance to scriptures like Proverbs 18:10, which says...
What Proverbs is communicating is that the very nature and character of God IS ITSELF a "strong tower" that we can hide in. It is God's righteousness, goodness, love, compassion, kindness, patience, faithfulness, willingness to forgive, etc., which define God's very person - and it is this knowledge of God's person that we can confidently trust in and always run to for safety.
We know from Psalm 8 that the Lord's name is "majestic;" i.e., His nature and character is good and glorious and the very being of God is worthy of all love, affection and devotion. But the glorious revelation of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ is the one who has "declared" the name of God. In other words, it is by looking at Jesus and seeing who He is that we can truly and fully see and understand who the Father is (John 14:7).
In the gospel of John, Jesus is called the "Word" - which means that He is God's "communication" or "explanation" of Himself. God entered into His own creation as a flesh and blood human being to express Himself to us in a way that we can comprehend and grasp.
If you want to have the clearest picture of what God is like, then read through the gospels and gaze upon the man Christ Jesus. When you see the gentleness, love, kindness, humility, patience and goodness of Jesus in the gospels, you are seeing the most clear expression of God that can possibly be given. He is "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15) and in Him "all of the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form" (Colossians 2:9).
This truth is at the core of Majestic and is the primary theme of what the film seeks to "preach." It is Jesus who explains why the name of the Lord is majestic in all the earth. It is by having revelation of Him and knowing Him that we can be energized by the Holy Spirit to love God and make proclamations of worship like David does in Psalm 8.
The primary theme of this film is preaching Jesus Christ as the full expression of God's "name," but there are also many other spiritual truths which are prominent in this film. You may or may not pick up on these when you watch it and so below I have described some of the underlying truths that are in this film and I explain the visual symbolism that is used to communicate them.
Psalm 8 describes man as being creatures who are lesser than the angels, having been made from the dust of the ground as described in Genesis 2:7. God created man and gave them dominion over the works of His hands and authority to fill, subdue and rule over the earth (Genesis 1:28). Man was made "in God's image" (Genesis 1:27) for the purpose of spreading His good, perfect and pleasing will throughout a planet which was occupied by the powers of darkness (Revelation 12:4). However, because of the fall of man in the garden, we do not presently see him ruling over creation as he was intended to (Hebrews 2:7-9). Rather, because of Adam's failure in the garden and the resulting curse, we see mankind ruled over in spirit, soul and body, being subdued by disasters, war, sickness, sin and death in a world that is out of their control.
What man failed to accomplish in the garden, the "God-man," Jesus Christ accomplished for us by his life, death and resurrection. Though he was God in very nature, he humbled himself to become a flesh and blood human. The One Who created man from the dust became a "man of dust" Himself (1 Corinthians 15:47) to serve us and accomplish for us what we could not accomplish. It is now IN HIM (through faith in Him) that any person can be restored to their original, Genesis 1:28 purpose and destiny. Because of Jesus' finished work on the cross, all that come to be IN HIM by faith, inherit all the victory over sin and the curse which he won for us (Romans 6:1-10).
All of these themes are prominent throughout the film and are expressed with a variety of symbolic imagery.
SYMBOLIZED BY - DUST AND DIRT
In this film, humanity is depicted and symbolized by one of the main actors in the film. His character really represents "us"... all of us... our sin, pain, suffering, and warfare with Satan and our restoration and victory that comes by "looking to" Jesus by faith. God made mankind from the dust of the ground, which is why the film contains a lot of dust and dirt imagery and the film has a predominantly "earthy" color scheme.
Multiple times in the film you see various characters with dust in their hands. One of the main scenes in the film involves Jesus picking up dirt from the ground and then letting it fall back down to the earth. There is also an earlier shot in the film of "Humanity" letting dust fall from his hands - which is paralleled by Jesus later on. The purpose of this symbolism was to express the truth that Jesus shared in our humanity. The One Who created man from the dust became a man of dust Himself in order to serve us in love.
Psalm 8 makes the statement... "Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger." In essence, this is saying that God desires us to have "child-like" faith and dependance on Him. He doesn't require that we clean ourselves up and get rid of all of our sin and weakness BEFORE we come to Him. Instead, He delights in those who come to Him empty handed and confidently believe in His loving, patient, kind, "fatherly" character to provide all of our needs FOR us, even IN our weakness... "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8). It is when we embrace child-like faith and reliance on God's work FOR US in Christ and lay aside OUR self-reliance that we find true victory and freedom over Satan - who is the ultimate "enemy and avenger" of Psalm 8.
SYMBOLIZED BY - CHILDREN
In this film, the concept of child-like faith is symbolized by images and sounds of children. These images are placed throughout the film in key moments to represent that child-like faith which relies on God's fatherly provision instead of relying on self-provision.
1 Peter tells us that Satan is like a roaring lion, who roams around seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). You also see the Psalmists describing their enemies as being "lions" (Psalm 17:12 & 7:2). The ultimate application of this is that we have spiritual enemies; powers of darkness led by Satan who passionately war against our faith in Jesus and obedience to the gospel (Revelation 12:17). Ultimately, Satan was behind the fall of man in the garden, which brought sin, death and corruption into this world. But God has triumphed over Him through His Son on the cross (Colossians 2:15), and by child-like faith in Him, we also can share His triumph and subdue the enemies' activity in our lives.
SYMBOLIZED BY - LION
Satan, the "adversary" is symbolized in the film with images of a lion. This is drawn primarily from 1 Peter 5:8. Our adversary, the Devil, is like a hunting lion who is intently watching the righteous and waiting for a perfect opportunity to attack our faith.
What man failed to accomplish in the garden, the "God-man," Jesus Christ accomplished for us by his life, death and resurrection. Though He was God in very nature, He humbled Himself to become human and to serve us, accomplishing for us what we could not accomplish. It is now IN HIM, that any person can be restored to their original, Genesis 1:28 purpose and destiny. Because of Jesus' finished work on the cross, all that come to be IN HIM by faith, inherit all of His victory.
In Jesus' humility and love for us, God has fully and clearly explained to mankind "HIS "NAME" - His character and nature - who He is and what He is like. (Hebrews 1:3 - John 14:9).
In Jesus, God has most fully expressed and communicated "Himself" (Hebrews 1:1-2).
God, in the person of His Son, was willing to become "lower than angels" by entering into his own creation as a man so that he might serve us. In this we can see why Jesus was given the name that is above every name and we can understand that the name of the Lord truly is MAJESTIC in all the earth!