Last Friday night, Ron and I settled in to watch His Only Son. We are thankful to Frontgate Media for providing this film for our review. The film partnered with Angel Studios—the studio that brought you The Chosen—to crowdfund over $1,235,000 for its March 2023 theatrical release. It was initially set to premiere in around 600 theaters but thanks to a crowdfund that raised over 1,235,000 in under a week and overwhelmingly positive reviews from audience members, it’s now showing in 1,200 theaters and counting! How exciting is that?
About His Only Son
His Only Son recounts one of the most controversial moments in the Old Testament—when Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac on the mountain of Moriah. While traveling to the place of the sacrifice, alongside Isaac and two servants, Abraham is flooded with vivid memories from the years he and Sarah spent longing for the son they were promised—the son he must now lay upon the altar.
From the Director David Helling
Since my time as a Marine in Iraq, when the Lord got ahold of my heart and drew me to His Word, my life’s mission and desire has been to illustrate and exposit the Bible through film– so that others can see what I saw in Scripture… and in seeing they might believe… and in believing they may have life in His name.
The endeavor of this film began with the desire to bring clarity to one of the most infamous moments in redemptive history. However, once I began writing the script nearly five years ago, I began to experience the darkest, loneliest, most heart-wrenching years of my life– a season that, to a significant degree, continues to this day. But through this trial, never could I have imagined that the message of this film would act as such a timely comfort in my bleakest nights.
It stands as a reminder to me and all of us, that even in our most dire circumstances, the Lord has a purpose in it all– and for those of us that love Him, that purpose is for our good.https://invest.angel.com/son
This film, His Only Son, was a timely one for me. Last fall we spent several weeks teaching on the life of Abraham in our Children’s Church environment and this year I have again undertaken the call to read the entire Bible chronologically in a year. At this point in the year I have already re-read the life of Abraham so this story is very fresh in my mind and soul.
The first word we both used when the movie was over was, “Wow”, in an awe-filled tone. The movie was aesthetically beautiful, the acting was top-notch, and the story was told with care for all the nuances it has in the Bible.
Abraham was a man called by God, but, like all humans, he was far from perfect. Even though he knew what God had promised him, he and his wife, Sarah, had a difficult time waiting for God’s perfect timing, and tried to push God’s hand, a move which, of course did much more harm than good.
In His timing, God did bless them with their long-awaited son, Isaac, through his lineage we get David and Jesus. Of course, God gives Abraham the biggest test of his life when he is called to sacrifice Isaac on the altar at Mount Moriah. Even though we know the story, when the sacrifice ram appeared in the thicket, I felt more at ease than I had a few seconds prior. The sacrifice of Abraham and Isaac parallels the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
His Only Son hits theaters this weekend, 3/31/23. I promise you this movie will impact you and deepen your worship this Easter season. His Faith Was Tested. Our Hope Was Born. Tickets are available now. Make plans to see this moving film this weekend.
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