In this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema, we look at some Christian themes in Stephen King’s THE GREEN MILE and see how it points to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
A Miracle On The Green Mile
Death row guard Paul Edgecomb has been healed of his bladder infection by the Mile’s strangest inmate John Coffey, a lion-hearted man who is more “heart” than he is “lion.” This tender giant has a miraculous ability that allows him to heal the affliction of anyone he touches, but he heals at his own expense because he momentarily takes on their disease before releasing it. Isn’t this like Jesus, who has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” to heal us as Isaiah exclaims?
Paul doesn’t want keep this miracle for himself; instead, he wants to share it with the warden’s wife Melinda, who is suffering from a brain tumor. Paul knows John can heal Melinda just as he healed Paul (and the previously “busted” Mr. Jingles, at that).
He Has Done All Things Well
This mirrors the situation in Mark 7 after Jesus has just healed the deaf man. Although he tells the witnesses to keep the miracle under wraps, they can’t help but proclaim all the louder, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
And this is what it should be like while fulfilling the Great Commission: sharing the healing power the Jesus has brought to us with those around us who need it.
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