As our brothers and sisters have shared in their posts through the last month, we have seen there is an endless supply of Christ-images, types, and shadows throughout the movie Inception. From the micro to the macro, particles and portions of His unfathomable and unsearchable riches can be seen throughout the whole movie. And, now it’s my turn in the queue: comprehending with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that we all may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
In the movie’s opening scene, one sees that, cast out of the violent waters of the ocean, the protagonist is found face down on the land (Christ). “Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me (Ps42:7).” He calls us from the deep unto the Deep; Christ delivers us from the waters of darkness and into His marvelous light. As creatures born captive in the frothing seas of confusion and turmoil, it is Christ and Christ alone that begins the process of delivering us from captivity. When we come into Christ, we are given multitudes of glimpses into the reason for our inception in eternity past. What is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of God in creating us in the first place? Why are we made (corporately) in His image? As we begin the process of awakening from our sleeping stupor of captivity in the world system of Egypt and Babylon, we together, by revelation, comprehend the mystery, the eternal purpose of God: The desire of God to live inside of the “us” (Col1:26,27) in order to enlarge His community of the triune fellowship to a fourth, that we together might participate in the divine nature, the nature of pouring out all that they and we are (in Christ)…into one another.
And what do we see in the first seconds of the opening scene of Inception? We see how things are de-railed. We see through the eyes of a father how his children are oblivious to him. Not seeing their faces, as they are turned away from him, the father reaches his hand out for them: a longing for face to face communion with them. But they are busily occupied building their castles of sand. This scene depicts the thirsting heart of our Father related to His desire to be in face to face relationship with his children: His eternal purpose: His impassioned reason for creating in the first place. It also reveals how there is an imprinted desire in His children to build a house (another aspect/picture of His eternal purpose). But the children, like us, are distracted away from the centrality of the Father and are reduced to building castles out of sand: in isolation: a derailment of His desire for face to face community. The scene abruptly finishes with a camera perspective looking up from the protagonist’s prostrate position: an armed captor blocks the light of the sun.
Instantly, the next moment moves the audience into a scene where the protagonist is seated at a table where he is face-down, laser-focused, on a meal (Christ) cupped in his hands (his wedding ring depicting yet another image of the eternal purpose). A question is asked by an old man seated captive in an iron chair at the opposite end of the table, “Have you come here to kill me?” That’s the question the old man, the old nature, in each of us asks when faced with Him at the opposite end of the table. The two objects placed in front of the old man are a gun (depicting the cross) and a totem (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). As one finds out later in the movie, the Protagonist is there to take the old man to the cross with Him, to a life lived in the heavenlies: the tree of Life. The Protagonist has come take the old man into death and through that death transform the old man into a new Life seated in heavenly places (in this case a 747).
The Parable of the Totem. Ariadne says, “An elegant solution for keeping track of reality.” The totem is an object the dreamers “fabricate” to give them their own personal sense of reality. It is unique to the person. But God says his ways are higher than our ways. We cannot understand Him in our own minds, in our own ability. Captive to the world systems, we “fabricate” our own truths in the absence of knowing Christ, the tree of Life. These personalized truths are part of a huge spectrum of distractions pointing us away from the centrality of Christ. I could start naming them but you get my point. In your walk in Christ, you no doubt had to be brought to ground zero, experience the season of the wandering in the desert, etc. to be re-centered on Christ our singular true reality ever since the real Inception. You had to leave your man-made totem behind in the Red Sea and the Jordan River and come into Him: the new Land, the Garden of God.
The Parable of the Mirrors. In the scene with the mirrors, Ariadne (a picture of Christ in this instant), beautifully exposits the infinite, trapped-futility of the self-absorbed nature of the fallen human condition without Christ. This scene amplifies the futility of the mirror-obsessed inclination happening all around us: the self(ie)-absorbed (I-Phone/I-Pod/I-Pad); the me, myself, and I; the pre-Copernican, navel gazing, narcissistic, “how to be a better…whatever” bent one finds in the cesspool-pond-pit of all the world systems. But our Christ walks up to the mirror and simply shatters it with a light touch of His finger and we are restored to a path of journeying with Him.
The Parable of the Pinwheel. This pinnacle scene is a picture that describes how, in the dying of the old man, the secrets of the mystery are then able to be unlocked. As disciples of Christ, we take up our cross and in the daily dying of the old man, the old nature, we are given increasing revelation of the eternal purpose. God likes to teach in layers. And what do we find in the safe which is opened by a six digit combination of numbers? (Note: each of us has a unique sequence and combination of how the Lord works the six days of creation into our destiny with Him.) When the mystery is opened to us, we see the Will of the Father (for us to be in Christ), a covenant: an inheritance. We each, as a cup shaped vessel, can catch the flow of the wind. But then, when welded to a central axle (Christ) we as a corporate body (the pinwheel) can make in “visible expression,” the invisible wind of Christ’s invisible Spirit who is our inheritance. “Christ in ‘you all,’ the hope of glory.” (Col1:27)
The mission ends with the team seated in heavenly places (and returning to the earth: with the flight attendant handing out Immigration Forms for the passengers to declare where their citizenship is from, hmmm) They were now seated in the heavenlies due to kicks (simulations of death) or in the case of the last two (from the deepest part of the dream-layers) were killed (the gun (cross) which was carried into that deepest realm on the back of the Protagonist (remember the beach in the opening scene?)). (Luke14:7)
The last scene (my heart melting favorite) is when the children, in the garden (Christ), turn their faces to behold their father and enthusiastically run to greet him. The son jumps into the father’s arms and exclaims, “Daddy! Come look what we are building!” The father asks, “What are you building?” The son says, “We’re building a house!” The real dream of the father fulfilled. The eternal purpose that motivated him was at last fulfilled. The desire of the protagonist throughout the whole movie was to have face to face fellowship with his children in the cool of the garden. Christ in living expression, the community enlarged, the eternal purpose: a family for the Father, and a House!
And so finally, the man, like each of us who have had our Rev18:4 moment, leaves the man-centered, man- fabricated totem spinning on the table behind him and “disappears” into the “garden” to be in face to face fellowship with his family. The ancient Inception fulfilled: ‘Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, we press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.'(Phil3:13- 14)
That we might know Him,