That’s right. Did you ever think you would see the day that John Tucker and Sabrina would come together? I didn’t, but that’s exactly what happened last night. And truthfully, it’s not that simple. It wasn’t John Tucker but Jesse Metcalfe, and it wasn’t Sabrina but Melissa Joan Hart. They were together, acting on the big screen, in the name of Jesus.
And I believe God made God’s Not Dead 2 for me.
I started my day yesterday at home, determined to renew my license and get my car inspected all before 11 o’clock. To my surprise, both tasks were finished before 10, so I made the decision to visit my grandpa at his car lot since I was in the area.
After an hour of chatting and getting my dose of good grandpa advice, I made it back to the middle school by house, which was where I was assigned to sub yesterday afternoon. The afternoon wasn’t anything special, until I got to know a student who battled cancer as a 9-year-old and lost her mother when she was even younger than that. I didn’t know what to say in that moment with her, besides admitting that I would be thinking about her… And by thinking I most definitely meant praying.
Fast forward to last night. I made plans to see God’s Not Dead 2 with one of my best friends who is spending the weekend with me in my college town. I had only learned about the sequel a few days ago, and I didn’t have the time to watch a trailer or research the plot. I loved God’s Not Dead two years ago, which premiered around the time I started my blog, so I figured this one would make my heart just as happy.
I was wrong. My heart EXPLODED this time. I don’t know how else to describe it.
The main character Grace (AKA Sabrina the Teenage Witch AKA Melissa Joan Hart) is a young high school history teacher who is taking care of her beloved grandfather, and she makes the “mistake” of telling the truth about Jesus in class one day as a simple, historical answer to a student’s question ABOUT Jesus as a historical figure. She is taken to trial by the parents of the students, and her faith is tested when she believes she can’t feel God anymore because she doesn’t understand what He is doing. Her grandfather reminds her that the teacher is always quiet when it’s time to take a test.
The entirety of the movie is the trial determining whether or not Grace’s actions were right or wrong, with Tom (AKA John Tucker AKA Jesse Metcalfe) defending her rightful actions, and I can’t do the dramatization of it justice. The witnesses called to the stand, and even John Tucker himself, do an incredible job proving that the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are historically true. It’s your choice whether or not you believe them. You just have to see it.
God brought me to the movie theater to see that specific movie last night because the movie represents who I am and what I have the power to do through Him. And God doesn’t just show me who I am through Grace – NO – God shows me who I am through Amy, the blogger who overcomes cancer. I’m a blogger, and I overcame my incredible death wish infused sin BECAUSE of this blog.
God wants me to be a teacher, and that truth is so real in my life. And my fear of what happened to Grace in God’s Not Dead 2 happening in my own life is also SO real, and it’s the one thing I feel weighing on my heart when I think about the day I will finally get hired as a high school English teacher. But why should I be afraid when Jesus saved me and I have God on my side?
In a more minor example, I have a mock trial of the Lizzie Borden trial coming up in a few weeks, and I am a prosecution lawyer. I’ve been extremely nervous because if I don’t do well, I fail my Advanced Rhetoric class. After watching the trial in God’s Not Dead 2, I am so fired up to participate in a trial myself, even if the case is a world away. That was God telling me, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
After the movie, I turned to my friend and told her my desire to meet Jesus someday is greater than ever before. I just want to be with Him because He is the truth. He is MY truth.
And I have news for you. God made God’s Not Dead 2 for you too. He made it for everyone because we all lead these separate lives that are really weaved together in the most perfect way. Both God’s Not Dead movies do a fantastic job dramatizing that.
You are YOU for a reason and you are where you are for something so much bigger than yourself.
As for John Tucker and Sabrina, I personally think they belong together now. We don’t get to see the moment John Tucker accepts Jesus into his life, but I like to think he does because of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. No one saw that coming but God. Put your trust in Him.
Psalm 31:14 says, “But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” God’s still not dead.