John Light is one of the most dangerous inmates in Arizona's State Penitentiary. After accepting Christ in a prison bible study, he is anxious to share his new faith with the outside world upon release. However, looking more like a thug than a theologian, the outside world is terrified of him. Partnered with men who never thrown a punch in their lives, John real battles are just beginning.
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i'd never heard of this movie before and decided to give it a try. So glad I did - the acting was great and the message and story were even better. The lead actor in this movie is Michael Ochotorena, who has a wonderful testimony. He was a former gang member and actually spent time in prison. He turned his life around and found Christ and currently does ministry to those in prisons.
What a beautiful story... It's a story of redemption, forgiveness, compassion & love. As my husband & I watched this movie, we thought about: James 2:1-4 [HCSB- version] My brothers, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in. If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor man, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,” haven’t you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?..... ......James 2:9 [HCSB- version] But if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
Romans 12:9-12 [HCSB- version] Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
Romans 5:6 [HCSB- version] For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 3:23-26 [HCSB- version] For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
Sadly, many fellow Christians play favoritism not realizing that to God, favoritism & hypocrisy is a sin.
I'd to examine myself as I watched the movie & wondered if I would've rejected John Light because of his appearance. I'm not trying to criticize my fellow Christians, I'm only pointing out certain things we Christians sometimes fail to recognize, either because we're Bible illiterates or because we really don't have a personal relationship with our Lord & call ourselves Christians just to appear as if we do. I think sometimes we Christians forget that when we came to the Lord with humble & a repentant heart, He saw past our human frailties & saw His dear Son Jesus whom died a horrible death in order to reconcile humanity back to God. I hope we choose to be welcoming even to those who disagree with us. We don't have to partake in their sinful choices or lifestyle, not at all, but we can find compassion & love for them... after all, God loves the sinner but hates their actions.
Don't ever give up on those who are outside of Christ, don't enable them but keep praying for them, be there for them, keep loving them, lets be kind to one another.
John Light was a truly inspiring and uplifting film that showed how the power of love and friendship can transform lives. The story follows John, a prisoner in the Arizona State Penitentiary who turned his life to Christ while serving his time. Before his release, John was befriended by Matt, a mentor from a prison ministry bible study, who himself had doubts about the program. In the end, both John and Matt helped each other grow into better men. The film details the difficulties that John faces when newly paroled and how the friendship of Matt and his family help him to overcome and stay focused on being a better Christian. John really worked hard to change his ways, and it was inspiring to see him overcome adversity. It was especially poignant how he had difficulty finding a church at first, as people were very judgmental of him because of the way he looks with his facial tattoos- not exactly Christian behavior. His learning to deal with and eventually pray for and forgive people, even the likes of Troy, a workplace bully that was doing everything he could to give John trouble, was an excellent model of they way Jesus wants us all to practice loving thy neighbor- especially those who it is not so easy to love. John really was a touching example of how even someone who seems beyond redemption can be saved by Christ and turn to a better life. The understanding friendship of Matt was something we could all use in our lives- and his kind treatment of John from the beginning is really what helped him to turn his life around. This was a clean movie that was family friendly- although I think a teen or older child would be more suited to understand the subtle messages. No swearing, sex, or violence except for one fight in the beginning that was not graphic beyond a few punches being thrown. I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it!
This movie was captivating and inspiring! Very well made and the actors and actresses did a great job of portraying their characters in a very real life scenario way! We as true followers of Jesus are to be the salt and light of the earth! To love the unlovable and lift up the downtrodden! Thank You Jesus! Amen!
I watch a lot of Christian movies, and I am a Lead Chaplain in a Jail in Michigan, and this may be my favorite movie ever made. Really captures the power of Jail ministry, and the power of serving the LORD by serving the lost. Very beautiful film, that's really the heart of it! GOD is beautiful, and this film captures that as many films cannot. Only one problem with the film exists, and that is one scene where a woman dancing at a wedding is clearly not dressed appropriately. It was odd that the brief scene was there, totally did not fit the rest of the film in any way. If you can get past that scene, this is as good as it gets for Christian cinema!
This was such a beautiful story of how love can conquer anything. Love encompasses everything. I found myself praying for John's character. It was a movie all about how God works and how He brings people into your life that guide or help you in some way. I found myself crying and praying along with John. This is a movie for everybody. Blessings and Pancakes. :) Whenever I eat pancakes I will pray that another brother or sister comes out of the darkness and into the Light and The Truth. Peace.