The following is a detailed summary of the movie, The Matrix, explained as a parable, by a brother from the U.S. who writes for a web site called “A Wilderness Voice”.  While some have seen Neo as a symbol of Christ, Michael Clark sees him more as Christ revealed through his servants.  A few bits don’t go well together, like the headquarters of the good guys being called “Nebuchadnezzar”, and the other Jesus figure being called Morpheus (the Greek god of dreams).  But apart from that, the story is quite inspiring.

Are You in the Matrix

A Modern Parable

By Michael Clark

"The Matrix" came out a few years ago. If you can get past the violence it has much to teach us as Christians. Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world system. The movie is filled with types and shadows of how we have been blinded to the depths of the mystery of Christ and our privileges as His "joint heirs."

There are three types of "reality" portrayed in the script. One is where most of mankind is found, bound up in an artificial world that dictates their lives to them. The second is the A I (artificial intelligence), a super computer that has taken power over mankind and made them slaves. The third type are those who have escaped the control of this evil, life-robbing system and have a permanent home in a place called Zion.

MatrixPosterThe battle between man and the super computer that was trying to take over the world left the earth totally uninhabitable in a nuclear winter. Most of humanity is entombed in a vast computer controlled machine, having their lives sucked out of them as its energy source. The people who are free are in Zion, where it is still warm near the core of the earth. A few are on vessels that travel below the cities in old sewer systems, seeking ways to rescue those who are trapped in the AI. The vessel featured in this movie is called the Nebuchadnezzar.

The writer of a letter penned to the Hebrews wrote:

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven. (Hebrews 12:22-25, NKJV).

We are called out of the mind-numbing world that has been plunged into spiritual darkness by Satan (the A I) unto a new city called Mount Zion or the New Jerusalem. Not everyone will obey His upward call to leave this world and its delusions behind. We who have broken out of that system of darkness by the power of God's Holy Spirit must help free those who are still captives in it. We are like the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar.

The Matrix plot centers around a plan to draw one man, "Neo" as he is known in the world of computer hackers, out of this world system into the REAL world. The crew of the Nebuchadnezzar set Neo free of the delusion of the Matrix so that he can help deliver the rest of the world from the clutches of this wicked system.

Some Christian writers cast Neo as a Messiah figure, but I see him more as a type of everyone who walks in Christ and takes up his true inheritance as a fellow heir, accepting all the privileges and responsibilities in this world and in the next.

There is a Christian underground that communicates over the Internet, sharing with one another the truths that are setting them free of the systems of men. These are "hacking" their way out of the blindness and deception that has held so many captive for the last 1700 years.

The opening scene shows a computer monitor flowing with numbers. Matrix agents are trying to trace a phone call between a woman named Trinity and the traitorous Cypher, who has set her up to be caught. Like the whole crew of the Nebuchadnezzar, Trinity is a computer hacker. She senses that the call is being traced, and hangs up.

Trinity is in a dingy room in a hotel called The Heart of the City. She has been using her computer to watch Neo in his fantasy world. The crew is planning to extract him from this false world. This is a type of Satan's control of the minds of the people of this world, blinding them to the truth.

The captive humans in the Matrix are all fed a programmed lifestyle they really think they live. In reality, they are in vats of liquid with cables and tubes plugged into their bodies, being used as an energy source for A I. With this in mind, consider Paul's words to the Corinthian Church:

We have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (2 Corinthians 4:1-5, NKJV).

Back in The Heart of the City Hotel, Trinity is about to be arrested by the police who have been sent to take her captive into the A I system. After a harrowing escape she manages to get to a phone booth and is beamed through the phone lines back to the Nebuchadnezzar just in time.

The Prince of this world wants to take us back under his power so he can continue to use us. The enemy has placed his agents, like the one here called Cypher, in our fellowships. Jesus spoke of this in the parable of the wheat and the tares and the separating of the sheep from the goats. Paul also spoke of these when he wrote to the Galatians:

I communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. ... This occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. (Galatians 2:1-5, NKJV).

The next scene opens in Neo's apartment. Neo is short for neophyte or new believer. He is trying to hack into reality and find the truth. He spends hours researching the captain of the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar, a man named Morpheus. He wants to make contact but does not know how. He has come to the attention of the rescue ship's crew and made Morpheus believe that this one is "the one."

Neo has dozed off in front of his computer while researching Morpheus and the screen goes blank. While his head is on the desk, the words appear on the screen, "Wake up, Neo! Neo, the Matrix has you." It is the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar trying to contact him.

As he wipes the sleep out of his eyes, the screen reads, "Follow the white rabbit." Neo tries to clear the screen but his keyboard has no effect. Then the screen reads, "Knock, knock!" just before there is a knock at his door. He nearly jumps out of his skin in shock. At the door is a group of people who invite him to unplug for a while and go party with them. At first he refuses, but as one of the girls turns away he sees a white rabbit tattooed on her shoulder. He decides to follow the prompting that appeared on his computer and goes with them.

In the next scene, Neo stands alone in a wild party, feeling out of place. Trinity walks up to him and says, "Hello, Neo. I've been wanting to meet you for some time." He is totally shocked when she tells him that her name is Trinity, another hacker like himself. She was rescued out of the Matrix and is now about to be part of his rescue as well.

TRINITY: “Yu are in danger. I brought you here to warn you."

NEO: "Of what?"

TRINITY: "They're watching you, Neo."

NEO: "Who is?"

TRINITY: "Please. Just listen. I know why you're here, Neo. I know why you left your family and your friends why you left your home to come to this city. You're looking for him. I know because I came looking for the same thing, but when he found me he told me I wasn't really looking for him. I was looking for an answer. You know the question. It is a hacker's question."

NEO: "What is the Matrix?"

TRINITY: "When I asked him, he said no one could ever be told the answer to that question. They have to see it. The answer is out there, Neo. It's looking for you and it will find you, if you want it to."

Jesus told those who would be His disciples that they must leave family, friends and home to follow Him. Neo left all to find the truth about the Matrix. Like Abraham, he went to another land to find that city whose builder and maker is God. He had been trying to locate Morpheus in hopes of finding out what the Matrix is. I see a similarity between the name Mopheus and the Greek word metamorpho, which means transformation. The Creator is seeking to extract each of us from the world system and transform us into sons of God. Jesus is the prototype. As the apostle Paul wrote,
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed (metamorpho) by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2, NKJV).

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29, NKJV).

The next day Neo is sitting at his desk at work, staring at a blank computer screen, still stunned by the exchange with Trinity the night before. Just then a FedEx man comes to his cubicle and hands him a package. He opens it and out falls a cell phone which rings at that moment. Shocked, he answers and this is the exchange:

NEO: "Hello?"

MORPHEUS: "Hello, Neo. Do you know who this is?"

NEO: “Morpheus."

MORPHEUS: "I've been looking for you, Neo. They're coming for you, Neo."

NEO: "Who's coming for me?"

MORPHEUS: "Stand up and see for yourself."

Neo stands up and looks toward the elevator, only to see the agents of the A I and the police heading his way. He is captured and taken to be interrogated. The agents put a bug in him and turn him loose. They will track him without him knowing it, hoping he will lead them to Morpheus.

Agent Smith, the chief villain, tries to turn Neo against Morpheus. He says, "Whatever you think you know about this man is irrelevant to the fact that he is wanted for acts of terrorism in more countries than any other man in the world. He is considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive."

When a person allows himself be transformed by the Spirit of God, he is no longer of this world. The world under Satan knows that and sees him as an enemy. This is why true followers of Christ are targets in this world and in the worldly church system.

In Galatians, Paul wrote about those under the law persecuting those who follow the Spirit, and the war that goes on between them.

Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. ... And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. (Galatians 4:21-29, NASB).

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After the agents turn Neo loose, he gets a phone call from Morpheus, who says, "You're the One, Neo. You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I've spent most of my life looking for you.”

We often hear a Christian testify that they "found Jesus." In reality, God chases us down and finds us. Isaiah wrote:

I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, "Here I am, here I am," to a nation that was not called by My name. (Isaiah 65:1, NKJV).

The next night the crew of the Nebachudnezzar meets Neo inside the Matrix on a rainy city street where they debug him and take him to Morpheus. The dialogue which follows is very interesting.

MORPHEUS: "Can you tell me, Neo, why are you here?

NEO: "You're Morpheus, you're a legend. Most hackers would die to meet you."

MORPHEUS: "Yes. Thank you. But I think we both know there's more to it than that. Do you believe in fate, Neo?"

NEO: "No."

MORPHEUS: "Why not?"

NEO: "Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life."

MORPHEUS: "I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you are here. You have come because you know something. What you know you can't explain but you feel it. You've felt it your whole life, felt that something is wrong with the world. You don't know what, but it's there like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?"

NEO: "The Matrix?"

MORPHEUS: "Do you want to know what it is?"

Neo swallows hard and nods

MORPHEUS: "The Matrix is everywhere, it's all around us, here even in this room. You can see it out your window or on your television. You feel it when you go to work, or go to church or pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

NEO: "What truth?"

MORPHEUS: "That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, kept inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."

Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

They answered Him, "We are Abraham's offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You shall become free'?"

Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:31-36, NASB).

As the scene continues:

Morpheus opens his hands. In the right is a red pill. In the left, a blue pill.

MORPHEUS: "This is your last chance. After this, there is no going back. You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

Neo feels the smooth skin of the capsules, the moisture growing in his palms

MORPHEUS: "Remember that all I am offering is the truth. Nothing more."

Neo opens his mouth and swallows the red pill.

MORPHEUS: "Follow me."

In this discourse there are a number of similarities with how we come to Christ. First, we are introduced to the idea that there is another world that we are not part of, the kingdom of God. Often we heard Him calling us during our lives, but didn't recognize His voice. He saves some from death by miraculous acts. Others have a perception of a spiritual presence in their lives. Some have a great emptiness in themselves that they try to fill with the things that the world has to offer, but nothing satisfies.

When the spiritual world starts to open up, most of us feel like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole into a new world we have never experienced before. When we become aware that we must give up control of our lives, we are not sure that is a step we want to take. To enter fully into the kingdom of God it is necessary for us to give all control over to Jesus, for He is the Head of His body, the called out ones who believe.

It takes some of us years to understand just how thorough a delusion the enemy has woven into our lives. As Morpheus puts it, "The System is everywhere. You feel it when you go to work, or go to church or pay your taxes. It has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."

The difference between the values of the world and the values of the spirit are there on TV, at work, and in the government, but they are there in the church systems as well. The church systems of today are not the same as the infant church set in motion by the Spirit in the New Testament. Anyone who abides in the present system is soon taken captive to its desires for its own purposes. It takes many years and much revelation from God before captivity to this religious system is broken.

Morpheus here is a type of Christ. He is calling us to come out of all forms of bondage and be free in Him. As Morpheus explains to Neo, "You are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, kept inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind."

Jesus came to set the captives free from religious tyranny. Of Rome's heavy taxation Jesus said, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” But when speaking of the religious leaders he was more specific:

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. ... Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? (Matthew 23:13-33, NKJV).

Many of us have been beaten up for years by those in control of the church because we have dared to let the Spirit of Christ become manifest in us. Controllers are always threatened by the freedom of the Spirit as He blows through their carefully orchestrated meetings. It is the grace of God that keeps us at odds with this system, locked outside their inner circles, for He is calling us outside the gates of Christendom unto Jesus who suffered outside the religious camp of the Jews. It is there He has set His spiritual table for us to feast from. (See Hebrews 13:10-14.)

The pill that Neo took that led him to freedom was red. Jesus purchased our freedom by the shedding of His blood, and we must follow Jesus if we are to find our total freedom. Jesus said,, "Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you cannot be my disciples."

After Neo swallows the red pill, Morpheus goes on to tell Neo, "The pill you took is part of a trace program. It's designed to disrupt your input/output carrier signal so we can pinpoint your location."

NEO: "What does that mean?"

CYPHER: "It means buckle up, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye."

Once we have truly been born again, we are no longer of this world or its sin nature. We become aliens and pilgrims in a strange land. We have rejected the control of this world, and it rejects us.

Our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. (Romans 6:1-8, NKJV).

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10, NKJV).

In the next scene we see the Matrix rejecting Neo's body and flushing him down the sewer. The crew of the Nebuchadnezzar rescues him, just like Jesus the good Shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine in search of the one.

Next we see Neo waking up in the Nebuchadnezzar with body and soul together for the first time, asking Morpheus, "Am I dead?"

MORPHEUS: "Far from it."

NEO: "Why do my eyes hurt?

MORPHEUS: "It is the first time you have used them."

How true! While in the world and its worldly churches we are every bit as blind as the Jews who rejected Jesus as their Messiah. When He rescues us from all that, we start to see things in the light of the Spirit. Because we had never before used our spiritual eyes, some of the things He wants to show us hurt.

Next Morpheus tells Neo, "Rest Neo, the answers are coming." In entering into the Father's rest we find all the answers we need to walk out the kingdom in this world. It is not by our might nor power that we must walk, but by His Spirit. To walk in His rest is to walk in the Spirit just as Jesus did. (See Hebrews chapters 3 and 4.)

With the help of the port on the back of Neo's head (left over from his captivity in the Matrix), Neo is plugged into a computer program. This program is used by Morpheus to give him a tour of the Matrix. Neo sees fields of fetuses grown to give the machine the power it needs to survive. The tour ends in this discourse:

MORPHEUS: "The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this."

He holds up a coppertop battery.

NEO: "No! I don't believe it! It's not possible!"

MORPHEUS: "I didn't say that it would be easy, Neo. I just said that it would be the truth."

Control is the issue between real life and death. Everything about this world system seeks to control its occupants. Control is everywhere, draining us of our lives. But there is one great difference between this world system and God. God does not control His people. He leads them like a good Shepherd. He goes before them, calling them by name and they know His voice and follow Him. This is not control, but willing submission out of hearts of love for Him.

So many are still living in a Satanic controlled dream world that holds them captive and sucks the life out of them.

Not many people can stand to see the whole truth, because in accepting the truth we must make some changes. The moment we refuse to be changed by the truth is the moment we are back under the control of the lie and once again under the control of The Matrix.

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-14, NKJV).

Next we see Neo back on the ship, unplugged from the construct program, struggling with the truth.
MORPHEUS: "I feel that I owe you an apology. There is a rule that we do not free a mind once it reaches a certain age. It is dangerous. They have trouble letting go. Their mind turns against them. I've seen it happen. I broke the rule because I had to."
This is so true. The older we get and the longer we are in the world systems, the harder it is for us to get free. All the ones Jesus called as His disciples were young men in their twenties. When old Nicodemus came to Jesus one night, he was unable to understand the simplest of spiritual terms. The wineskin had already started to harden.

Morpheus continues: "When the Matrix was first built there was a man born inside that had the ability to remake the Matrix as he saw fit. It was this man that freed the first of us and taught us the secret of the war; control the Matrix and you control the future. When he died, the Oracle prophesied his return and envisioned freedom for our people. There are those of us who have spent our entire lives searching the Matrix, looking for him. I did what I did because I believe the search is over."

[Note: The parable breaks down a bit here, and it is why many have seen Neo as representing the return of Jesus. However, Michael sees Morpheus as Jesus, and Neo as a true follower of Jesus... the Church in the Wilderness. Michael briefly accepts that what Morpheus has said relates to Jesus.]

And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. ... As we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. (1 Corinthians 15:45-50, NKJV)

Jesus is that Life-giving Spirit. He is the one that has come to end the war.

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:14-19, NKJV).

The dialogue continues:
NEO: "I know what you're trying to do --"

MORPHEUS: "I'm trying to free your mind, Neo, but all I can do is show you the door. You're the one that has to step through."

Once we are saved, the problem is in our minds. Our minds have to become totally free. We must see ourselves as IN CHRIST beyond any doubt in order to walk in His power and authority. The door is there for us to step through just as it was for John in the Revelation.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." (Revelation 4:1, NKJV).

For a long time we Christians have left Jesus standing outside the door of our Laodicean churches while we were all snug inside. We thought that we were spiritually rich and needed nothing, selling short the kingdom of God, but all the time God saw us as mere babes needing milk. Sunday after Sunday we heard basic rudiments of faith preached again and again and we never went on to anything more. (See Hebrews 4:12 to 5:2.)

He is calling us higher than the rudimentary levels of this world and sacramental religion. We are called to dwell in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (See Ephesians 1:3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, and 6:12). From here in heavenly places the bride is seen coming down, the New Jerusalem from above.

Morpheus continues: "Let it all go, Neo. Fear. Doubt. Disbelief. Free your mind."

We, too, can miss it. Yes, WE who have been baptized in Christ! How? By refusing to walk in faith and follow Him into an ever increasing level of obedience. We must enter into His rest and there find the faith we need to walk after Him in our daily lives.

In a later training program, Neo is taken into a downtown Chicago scene bustling with people. Here Morpheus explains to Neo, "It is important to understand that if you are not one of us, you are one of them.”

Jesus put it this way: "No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Through greed the system controls you. There is no middle ground. Either you will serve God or you will serve mammon.

The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (Romans 8:7-9, NKJV).

Neo encounters an agent of the A I that morphs from the form of a beautiful woman into his real self. Morpheus explains the threat to Neo. "The agents can become anyone who is still a captive of the Matrix. If the Matrix is a prison, then the agents are its wardens and if humankind is to survive the agents first must be stopped."

MORPHEUS: "I've seen an agent punch through a concrete wall. Men have emptied entire clips at them and hit nothing but air. Yet as powerful as they are, their speed and strength are but tethers to the rules of an unreal world. Because of this, they will never be as strong or as fast as you can be.

Neo scratches his head.

NEO: " What? Are you trying to tell me that I can dodge bullets?"

MORPHEUS: "No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to."

As powerful as Satan and his minions might be, God has placed a greater power in those who are His --a power over demons, sickness and death, the power to reverse the entropy brought into this world through sin.

Later, not knowing it, Neo catches Cypher making a deal with Agent Smith. Cypher is willing to sell his body back into the Matrix if he can become a movie star and live the rest of his life in the delusion of success, with reality outside the Matrix erased from his mind. For this bit of delusion, he agrees to turn over Morpheus, the only one with the password to access the mainframe computer in Zion.

A day comes when Morpheus takes Neo to see the Oracle. In his meeting with the Oracle she tells him, "Sorry, kid. You got the gift, but it looks like you are waiting for something... your next life, maybe. Who knows?"

How many of the teachings of Jesus do we delegate to the next life? The older I get and the more God opens my eyes, the less I apply the words of the scriptures to the next life, but see it as all ONE life. The dispensational teachings of men have made too much of the Bible of no effect in the lives of God's saints today.

The Oracle continues, "Morpheus believes in you, Neo, and no one, not you or even me can convince him otherwise. He believes it so blindly that he's going to sacrifice his life to save yours."

Jesus believes that we can be changed. He believes His Father can bring us forth into the fellowship of the Son. He believed this so much that He gave His life so we could be joint heirs of that inheritance with Him.

Paul wrote to the Romans,

Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:27-30, NKJV).

Finally, they all escape the agents and police of the Matrix except Morpheus, who offers himself to save Neo and the others. He is not killed, but taken to be interrogated in a very secure police building.

Once back on the ship, Neo hatches a plan to save Morpheus and is determined to go it alone. Trinity convinces him that she must go with him for him to succeed.

God calls us to function and minister as a body, not a bunch of one-man bands.

In the meantime in the government building where Morpheus is being held, Agent Smith stands, staring out the windows at the city below. Morpheus is handcuffed to a chair. Beside him, Agent Brown fills a hypodermic needle from a glass vial.

AGENT SMITH: "Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program."

Agent Brown jams the needle into Morpheus' neck and pushes down the plunger.

AGENT SMITH: "I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery."

Agent Brown studies the screens as Morpheus' life signs react violently to the injection.

AGENT SMITH: "The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization."

He turns from the window.

AGENT SMITH: "I say 'your civilization' but as soon as we started thinking for you, it really became our civilization, which is, of course, what this is all about."

When Satan and his minions found themselves cast out of heaven and without bodies, they set out to take this world captive for their own use. They still seek our bodies to manifest themselves. They use delusion and lies to control us so that they can manifest the real evil that drives them. This is where all the pain and suffering of this world comes from.

Agent Smith sits down directly in front of Morpheus.

AGENT SMITH: "Evolution, Morpheus. Evolution."

He lifts Morpheus' head.

AGENT SMITH: "Like the dinosaur. Look out that window. You had your time."

Morpheus stares hard at him, trying not to show the pain racking his mind.

AGENT SMITH: "The future is our world, Morpheus. The future is our time."

Here we see the insidious plan of Satan at work. The first world was perfect, and God considered everything He created was good. Satan set out to be the god of this perfect world. By deceiving man and getting him to join the rebellion against God, Satan became its ruler. Man fell for the same lie that was in Satan's heart, "If you eat of this tree you shall be like God, knowing both good and evil." Upon man's fall, man was doomed to die in his sin. God then enacted the rest of His plan by putting in motion a sequence of events that would make way for the advent of His Son who would suffer and die for mankind that they might be saved and conformed into His own image.
In a sense Agent Smith is right, "human beings define their reality through suffering and misery." As Paul put it:

. . .that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10,11, NKJV).

Without suffering and tribulation there is no entering the kingdom of heaven. (See Acts 14:22).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, ... but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:1-5, NKJV).

This quote from Agent Smith is interesting, “As soon as we started thinking for you, it really became our civilization, which is, of course, what this is all about." This is how Satan took control of the world God had given man to rule over.

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"

Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-7, NKJV).

In the following dialogue, Neo and Trinity argue over whether it is Neo--who will save the world--or Morpheus who really counts:

TRINITY: "Neo, Morpheus sacrificed himself so he could get you out."

NEO: "Morpheus did what he did because he believed that I'm something I'm not."

TRINITY: "What?"

NEO: "I'm not the One, Trinity. The Oracle hit me with that too."

Trinity is stunned.

TRINITY: "No, you... have to be."

NEO: "I'm sorry, I'm not. I'm just another guy. Morpheus is the one that matters."

TRINITY: "No, Neo. That's not true It can't be true."

NEO: "Why?"

TRINITY: "Because..."

Uncertainty swallows her words and she is unable to tell him what she wants to.

Christ came to not only die for our sins so we would not have to, but to prepare the way so that we could walk before the Father like He does. For many people, this causes the same confusion we see here in this dialogue between Neo and Trinity. Morpheus, a type of Christ, IS the one that counts, but at the same time we count, too, because we are becoming one with him As Jesus prayed in that last hour before He was to go to the cross:

They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:16-26, NKJV).

All the way through this prayer of His, "I" and "them" are mentioned together. This is the goal of the gospel and the Christian life--Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

The dialogue back on board the Nebuchadnezzar reflects Neo’s growing faith, as he discusses a plan to rescue Morpheus:

TANK: "Neo, this is loco. They've got Morpheus in a military-controlled building. Even if you somehow got inside, those are agents holding him. Three of them! I want Morpheus back too, but what you are talking about is suicide."

NEO: "I know that's what it looks like, but it's not. I can't logically explain to you why it's not. Morpheus believed something and he was ready to give his life for what he believed. I understand that now. That's why I have to go.

TANK: "Why?"

NEO: "Because I believe in something."

For the first three hundred years of the church, the people of God laid down their lives for Christ. They believed in something because Jesus had led the way and first laid down His life for that same goal. They considered it an honor to die for their faith in Christ.

Neo and Trinity arm themselves and Tank transports them into the Matrix where they manage to rescue Morpheus from the agents in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Afterwards we hear this exchange between Neo and Morpheus before they are able to exit the Matrix:

NEO: "Morpheus, the Oracle... she told me --"

MORPHEUS: "She told you exactly what you needed to hear. That's all. Sooner or later, Neo, you're going to realize just like I did the difference between knowing the path and walking the path."

Here is the crux of our dilemma as faithful saints in Christ. Are we going to just give lip service to the teachings of Christ or are we going to start living them out by the power of His Spirit? Someone once said, "You are what you believe." The longer you live, the more you will see this is true. There is a difference between knowing the path and walking it.

Finally, Morpheus and Trinity escape back to their ship, but before Neo can get out, an agent materializes and thwarts his exit. Morpheus, Trinity and Tank watch the confrontation between the two foes. Neo looks toward the stairs as if to make a run for it, but turns back to face Agent Smith.

TRINITY: "What is he doing?"

MORPHEUS: "He's beginning to believe."

When we really begin to believe, we start walking that way. We start doing what we believe in Christ. The theme of this whole movie focuses on getting Neo to believe that he is "the one." Morpheus believes he is; Trinity wants to; and that belief grows with each leap of maturity Neo takes.

[Note: Editing here has changed the emphasis from us being able to do miracles to us being able to obey, as that does seem to be “our part”, whereas the miracles seem to be “God’s part”. It is this tendency to overlook obedience that so often causes us to be powerless spiritually. —Ed.]

At what point are we saved? Some say you are saved when you "accept Christ as your personal Savior." Yet, the Bible says that we were in Christ from the foundations of the world.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:29-31 (NKJV)

True salvation is a process that is ongoing. The process is not complete until we come into the fullness of Christ and walk out our faith like the Master did on this earth, "that where I am, they might be also.”

As Paul wrote:

. . .that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-14, NKJV)

Neo battles against Agent Smith but then two other agents join Smith. The chase is on through the bustling streets of Chicago with all three agents after him. Neo climbs the fire escape on the back of the Heart of the City Hotel and dives into room 303 where a phone is ringing, his method of exit from the Matrix. But Agent Smith is there with gun drawn, waiting for him. Neo sees the barrel of the gun pointing at him and then "BOOM!" Neo is shot in the chest. He staggers back, "Boom" again and again. Neo staggers out into the hall and slumps down against the opposite wall leaving a streak of blood on the wall as he hits the floor, dead.

Meanwhile, back on the Nebachudnezzar, they have been fighting their own battle against the Sentinels, robots armed with lasers that can cut into the ship. The sentinels have been sent out by the A I to destroy them.

They have a dilemma. The crew's only defense is to fire a weapon that disables the sentinels but also breaks the electronic tie to Neo and kills him.

Neo appears dead in the hallway of the cheap hotel, surrounded by the three agents, but Trinity believes that he will rise from the dead. This reminds me of the scene of Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus, speaking to Martha, Lazarus' sister.

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." (John 11:23-27, NKJV).

Back on the ship, Trinity speaks into the lifeless body of Neo in the chair where it is plugged into the Matrix.

TRINITY: "Neo, please, listen to me. I promised to tell you the rest. The Oracle, she told me that the man I loved would be the One. You see? You can't be dead, Neo; you can't be because I love you. You hear me? I love you!"

Her eyes close and she kisses him, believing in all her heart that he will feel her lips and know that they speak the truth. He does. And they do. His eyes snap open.

Trinity screams as the monitors come back to life. Tank and Morpheus look at each other. It is a miracle.

TRINITY: "Now get up!"

In the hall of the hotel, holding his chest, Neo struggles to get up. Agent Smith looks at Neo as if he were looking at a ghost. Neo gets to his feet, all three Agents grabbing for their guns. As one, they fire.

NEO: "No!"

Neo raises his hands and the bullets, like a cloud of obedient bees, slow and come to a stop. They hang frozen in space, fixed like stainless steel stars. The Agents are unable to absorb what they are seeing. Neo plucks one of the bullets from the air. He drops the bullet and the others fall to the floor. Neo looks out, now able to see through the curtain of the Matrix. For a moment, the walls, the floor, even the Agents become nothing more than a rushing stream of computer code.

Back on the main deck of the ship, all three stare transfixed with awe as the scrolling code accelerates, faster and faster, as if the machine language was unable to keep up or describe what is happening. They begin to blur with brilliant saturated color images of Neo standing in the hall.

TANK: "How...?!"

MORPHEUS: "He is the One. He is the One!"

An explosion shakes the entire ship.

Back in the hotel, Agent Smith screams, his calm machine-like expression shredding with pure rage. He rushes Neo. His attack is ferocious but Neo blocks each blow easily. Then with one quick strike to the chest he sends Agent Smith flying backwards. For the first time since their inception, the Agents know fear. Agent Smith gets up and attacks again but as he lunges, Neo disappears. Spinning around Agent Smith looks to the others and feels something, like a tremor before a quake, something deep, something that is going to change everything. Suddenly a tearing sound stabs through his earpiece as his chest begins to swell, then balloon as Neo bursts up out of him. Agent Smith screams, fighting what seems inevitable as Neo absorbs and envelops him, overtaking Smith as if he, Neo, were now an Agent, until only Neo is left. Neo faces the remaining Agents. They look at each other, the same idea striking simultaneously and they run.

In Christ we who are his saints, win over the wicked one.

. . .but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down." And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:8-11, NKJV).

As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:36-39, NKJV).

Back on the ship, sentinels are everywhere, destroying the ship. A laser cuts its way towards Morpheus, who stands at the EMP detonator.

TRINITY: "Neo!"

In the hotel hall, he hears her. He reacts to the ringing phone, rushing towards it even as the LASERS burn towards Morpheus on the Nebuchadnezzar. We see Neo dive for the phone as the laser hits.

TRINITY: "Now!"

Morpheus turns the key. A blinding shock of white light floods the chamber; Sentinels blink and fall instantly dead, filling the pit with their cold metal carcasses. In the still darkness, only the humans are alive.

TRINITY: "Neo?"

His eyes open. Tears pour from her smiling eyes as he reaches up to touch her. She kisses him; it seems like it might last forever.

It does.

And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! (2 Timothy 4:18, NKJV). Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20,21, NKJV).

FADE TO BLACK

FADE IN:

COMPUTER SCREEN as in the opening.

A PHONE begins to RING.

It is answered and the screen fills instantly.

NEO: [addressing the Agents everywhere] "Hi. It's me. I know you're out there. I imagine you can also feel me."

We DIVE THROUGH the numbers, SURGING UP THROUGH the darkness, SUCKED TOWARDS a tight constellation of stars.

NEO: "I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how it's going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin.
"I'm going to hang up this phone. I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you, a world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries, a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you."

God sent Jesus into this rebellious world to oppose the works of the devil. He paved the way for us to have a part in that work. Satan knows his days are numbered. Change is foreign to him. We who abide in Christ are His instruments of change.

"Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7, NKJV).

God has given us the task of revealing the truth to those who seek it. He did not give us a job of trading them one form of bondage for another. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32). Jesus came to fill up the just requirements of the law and set us free to walk in His Spirit as God's own sons and daughters. In this world all things in Christ are open to us.

Neo hangs up the phone. He steps out of the phone booth, looks up and rises, higher and higher until the city is miles below. After a moment, Neo blasts by us, his long black coat billowing like a black leather cape as he flies faster then a speeding bullet.

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. (Philippians 3:13-15, NKJV).

Obey the upward call of the Spirit in Christ and His life in you becomes an adventure with no boundaries.

THE END
 
The following is a detailed summary of the movie, The Matrix, explained as a parable, by a brother from the U.S. who writes for a web site called “A Wilderness Voice”.  While some have seen Neo as a symbol of Christ, Michael Clark sees him more as Christ revealed through his servants.  A few bits don’t go well together, like the headquarters of the good guys being called “Nebuchadnezzar”, and the other Jesus figure being called Morpheus (the Greek god of dreams).  But apart from that, the story is quite inspiring.