What a great evening watching the “Son of God” movie at a private screening at the Palisades Mall last Thursday. Big thanks to the Nyack College administration for renting the theatre for this unique opportunity. We had a full house filled with Nyack College students, staff, alumni, as well as a few local youth groups including the Fraternidad Cristiana fellowship from Spring Valley and Living Christ church of Nyack. It was a “live” atmosphere as we gathered to celebrate the greatest story ever told on the “Big Screen”. We even had a surprise visitor, our own former president; Dr.Thomas Bailey was on sight to preview this great film. The night was one to remember.
Executive producer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey knew that their audience was ready for more than just the series as portrayed on the History channel. If this preview was any indicator, they were right. It has now been almost ten years since the Passion of Christ exploded in the box office and I would be surprised if this movie doesn’t have a similar impact. It’s that good. While in one sense the story sells itself, the movie is simply well done in all aspects. The story comes to life before your eyes and touches the deepest of emotions. Throughout the evening I switched between laughter, tears and applause. I wasn’t the only one either. It’s a rare experience when an entire theatre of people is collectively moved with emotion. This was one of those times.
Our student activities office made it extra fun by giving away prizes and gifts to the audience after the show. I didn’t win anything but it was fun for me to interact with old friends, the currents students and people of like faith from surrounding churches. Many alums made mention in person and via social network how proud they were of Nyack for taking the lead and providing such a great experience for our student body and community.
As a former student and current employee of Nyack College I was proud to be associated with such a great film and thankful for our president Dr. Michael Scales who seized the moment to make this prescreening a reality. It was the perfect venue for the “heart” of Nyack College to be expressed.
The Good news of Gods reconciliation with mankind was first announced from the night sky over 2000 years ago. The audience then was only a few shepherds. The audience has grown since then; the interest is much wider now. People still need to hear and that’s why Nyack College exists to prepare each person to carry the message into the workplace all over the world. Each life is Gods letter to the world and we take that very seriously.
The “Son of God” movie says it all and reminds us why we are here, simply to point to the one who sets the captive free. It really is Good News.