When I was a high school teacher, I would end each school year with the Mythology unit. And concluding each unit we would watch a movie called Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. It is based off of the first book in a series.
Here is quick synopsis of the first book/movie:
Percy is the son of his mother, a human, and Poseidon in The Heroes of Olympus. He begins in The Lightning Thief as a troubled twelve-year-old boy (16 in the movie) with dyslexia and ADHD. When his class takes a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of his teachers turns into a Fury and attacks him. His friend Grover then reveals himself to be a Satyr and takes Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a place were demigods train. Percy then learns that he, being a child of Poseidon, is mentioned in the Great Prophecy given by the Oracle.
The reason I would show this is because it puts a modern twist on old stories, and helps bring them to life for the kids.
So in this first movie, Percy Jackson finds out that he is a demigod, and is taken to Camp Half-Blood. But then his mom, who is a human, is kidnapped by a minotaur and is taken to the underworld and is held prisoner by Hades.
(There is a story as to why Hades chose Percy’s mother, but I don’t want to ruin the whole story for you. And that isn’t the point of what I’m going to get at.)
Percy, who loves his mother very much, decides to go on a quest to save her from spending an eternity in the underworld. But he doesn’t go alone. Grover the Saytr (Percy’s assigned protector) and Annabeth, who is also a demigod decide to go with him.
Before leaving, they visit Luke, who gives them a map showing them where they have find three special pearls. Why the pearls? A pearl is the ticket out of the underworld.
Percy’s quest is certainly that. A quest. An adventure of epic proportion.
As the trio head out they figure out the first pearl is in an old garden. Who do they encounter there? Medusa! Oh and she is fierce! She does all she can to turn them into statues, but they were able to overcome her.
They found their first pearl, as well as decapitating Medusa. And they take her head with them. Just in case. One never knows when a head full of snake hair might come in handy.
Again, after quite a battle, they are triumphant. Grover uses the the Medusa head to petrify the Hydra and they get on their way.
The third pearl is located at the Lotus Casino in Vegas. Another snag though. They eat lotus flowers and forget their reason for being there. They stay in the casino for five days until Poseidon speaks in Percy’s mind, helping him return to his senses.
Percy then finds Grover and Annabeth and helps them “wake up” as well. They flee, after realizing that the casino is run by the Lotus Eaters.
With all three pearls in their possession, Percy, Grover, and Annabeth they find the entrance into the Underworld. And without going into too much extra detail, I will tell you that they are able to save Percy’s mother from a lifetime with Hades.
The last time I showed this movie, a thought occurred to me. As Christians, what would we do to ensure one of our parents doesn’t spend their eternity in Hell? Would you travel the country, fight beasts and demons, almost die more than once, just keep your mother from the grasps of the devil? Or your child?
And even more, would you do all of these things the mother of your friend? Would you fight a woman with snake hair that could turn you into a statue from one glance? Would you fight a monster with multiple heads? Are the lives of your loved ones and their families this important to you?
What’s so wonderful about our God, rather than the gods and goddesses of the greek and roman worlds, is that we don’t have to fight those kinds of fights. All you have to do is speak up! Let this be your quest! God is the God of epic proportions!
God gave you a voice. Use it. Are you willing to let the Lord speak through you to save His people? I promise gathering up some nerve and opening your mouth is worth it. And so easier than defeating Lotus Eaters!