Today’s Feature: The Fugitive, Warner Brothers Pictures, 1993
Memorable Quote: “Give it up, Richard, it's time to stop running!”-Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard
Biblical Connection: Psalm 139:7-9 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
In the movie The Fugitive, Dr. Richard Kimball is falsely tried, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. While being transported to jail, a freak accident allows him to escape. He then spends the bulk of the movie trying to prove his innocence all the while running from federal marshals. In the movie’s climatic ending scene, Richard has discovered the actual killer and has chased him into a hotel laundry. At the same time the police and the federal marshals have finally caught up with Richard. There’s no way out, the building is surrounded with police. At this point, Richard knows he will either be arrested and sent back to jail, or he will hopefully catch the man who really killed his wife and turn him over to police. Deputy Gerard knows Richard is innocent and he wants to prevent him from being shot by the police trying to apprehend him, or by the real killer who he is also chasing. Either way it’s over, the running will finally come to an end. In an attempt to end the situation peacefully, Deputy Gerard yells to Richard the above line.
Whether we realize it or not, we are a lot like Dr. Kimball. Running away from the law, trying to prove we are innocent. Fortunately for Dr. Kimball, he was actually innocent. For us, however it’s a different story. We spend our lives running from God because we know we are guilty and the idea of facing Him is too frightening. What we don’t realize is God sees everything. He knows we have messed up and are guilty. He has watched as we have made mistakes. As our scripture states, there isn’t anywhere we can go that God doesn’t’ see. But while he is the almighty judge, he isn’t judgmental. He doesn’t want us to stop running so He can condemn and punish.
What he wants, what he is waiting for, is for us to stop running from him, and instead turn to him. Because in turning to Him, we can finally stop running and rest in His love and forgiveness.
Jeremiah 23:24 (NASB) “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD
2 Chronicles 30:9 (NASB) For if you return to the LORD, your brothers and your sons will find compassion before those who led them captive and will return to this land. For the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.”
Isaiah 44:22 (NASB) “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
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