Dead but still breathing
“What good is a man, if he gains the whole world, but loses his own soul?”
Ever feel strangled by your own thoughts, your own actions or your own desires? Wanting to change, hoping tomorrow will be different but then finding when tomorrow comes you’re still trapped in a cycle of depression, hate, addiction or regret? Ever cried bitter tears because you don’t like who you have become? Shaped by a world of injustice and pain, greed or sorrow?
Whether the weight of your sin is crippling your life or just disturbing your sense of right and wrong, the desire to be free of such negative attitudes and destructive deeds is the first step towards a change for the better.
This artistic and symbolic clip shows the struggle of a life in bondage to one’s own sins. The very real, very tiring battle we all face to overcome temptations and a multitude of sins is personified with weights and chains and evil black figures crawling ever forward to consume us. It’s as if the character dead but still breathing. Alive according to their symptoms, but dead according to their soul.
But with trill of sweet music we can breathe a sigh of relief when our heads break above the drowning seas and the chains fall free. Along with the hero of the film we can feel the release and revel in the peace that embraces us when Jesus comes into our lives and sets us free.
As the film’s script writer said, “At that moment, I left behind everything that had held me back, I died to myself and my sinful human nature and was alive in Jesus, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. Sure I still face tests and trials and I’m still tempted, but the difference is, I have Jesus right by my side and know I never have to face life alone again.”