Finding Jesus in Finding Nemo

May 11, 2013 — 3 Comments

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Finding Nemo. As a father of two toddlers, most of the movies I watch now are animated and include talking animals. I’ve watched this film enough times to be able to quote the lovable characters.

One particular scene has slipped by dozens of times. But while reading the Scriptures one day, it popped back to mind. Marlin and Dori are trying to find the EAC (Eastern Australian Current). They receive instructions from a group of moonfish voiced by the great John Ratzenberger. Before they leave, they warn Dori to swim through the trench, not over it. She attempts to convince the desperate clown fish that through is better than over, but he ignores her warnings. The way over seems easier and less dangerous. But he was wrong! A large bloom of jellyfish surround them. Marlin escapes barely but Dori is nowhere to be seen. He rushes back in after her only to find the Regal Blue Tang fish floating lifeless. Ignoring the warnings almost cost the life of his dear friend.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Jesus said that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the only way to the Father. Nobody comes to the Father but through Him. But society says otherwise.
Be as good as possible and that will grant you acceptance.
If you mess up in this life, you’ll get a second chance.
You are God. Do what you want.

Millions of people live for these lies. They are passionate about their beliefs but passionately wrong. These false gospels feed our pride and sound so good. The way is wide open and inviting. But behind the deceitful masquerade lies a swarm of dangerous jellyfish ready to kill you.

But this death is no laughing matter. It’s separation from God forever. Eternal torment. But it can all be avoided by the narrow gate. The two fish in the movie didn’t die by their disobedience, but the opposite is true for those who ignore the words of Jesus Christ.

The Word of God is the lamp for our feet as we travel the road to paradise. Trust in Jesus Christ. “I am the door of the sheep.” Travel wisely and trust the One who died to pave the way for you. The narrow way leads to life. Life abundantly.

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3 responses to Finding Jesus in Finding Nemo

  1. 

    I used to teach preschoolers at church and we used “Finding Nemo” alot, it teaches so much about obedience as well as the love of a Father for His lost children, but I especially liked this analogy. Thanks Josh!

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