What's in a Name?
Matthew 1:23 - "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel", which translated means, "God with us".
Christ was also referred to as:
- the "Son of Man" (see at right and below in "Judas");
- the Christ of God, His Chosen One;
and a host of other names.
Mark 3:14 - And He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach.
John the Baptist
John 1:29, 30, & 34 - The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me'. And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."
Isaiah 7:14 - "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel."
Matthew 4:18-20 - ...He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." And they immediately left the nets, and followed Him.
Matthew 26:15, 16 - ...and said, "What are you willing to give me to deliver Him up to you?" And they weighed out to him 30 pieces of silver. And from then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.
Luke 22: 47, 48 - ...and the one called Judas, one of the 12, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
Matthew 12:40 - "...for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
Luke 24: 4-7 - "...And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee. Saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."
A Greater Power After the Resurrection
Matthew 28:18 - And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth."
Matthew 17:2 - And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
Mark 16:19 - So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God
What's in a Name?
The name Thomas Anderson has special meaning. "Thomas" is linked to "Doubting Thomas." Neo didn't fully; or never believe(d) he was "The One." Neo had to see for himself that he was "The One."
"Anderson" is a name which means "Son of Man." This is the name in which Jesus was often referred.
The name "Neo" means "new" or "change." Change is exactly why Neo was there! To change the world!
Neo is an anagram for "One," and "Eon."
The group of people Neo is introduced to are very excited about him being there. Tank: If you ARE,.....it's a very exciting time!.
Morpheus both believed and proclaimed that Neo was "The One."
Morpheus: We've done it Trinity. We found him.
Trinity: I hope you're right.
Morpheus: I don't have to hope. I know it!
The coming of Neo was foretold by the Oracle.
(and THAT woman knows EVERYTHING!).
Tank and Dozer
Tank and Dozer are two brothers who are members of the crew aboard the the Nebuchadnezzar. Three sets of brothers were among the apostles. This is noted as a parallel because there were siblings in this small group and brothers.
Morpheus' group is betrayed by Cypher. Neo was not the target for Cyphers betrayal as Christ was with Judas.
The Agents were unaware of the true importance of Neo. They wanted Morpheus instead. Cypher makes a deal with Agent Smith(AI) to lead the group into a trap. The purpose behind this trap is to kidnap Morpheus.
The reward for Cyphers betrayal was to be reinserted into The Matrix for a more fruitful life
Foretelling of Death and Resurrection
The Oracle predicted Neo's death and resurrection during his visit. She also told Neo that he has "the gift." She also told him that he is waiting for something.
Neo asks, "What?" And the Oracle replies, "Your next life, maybe!....."
Neo is killed later by the Agents. In less than three minutes, Neo is resurrected, not three days.
Just how did the writers of the movie symbolically represent three days? Neo was dead for aproximately 72 seconds. 72 seconds = 72 hours which is 3 days.
What was it that brought Neo back? It was love. And the person that brought it about was Trinity.
We must not confuse the person with what her name signifies in Christianity.
In the resurrection scene Trinity leans over Neo and kisses him on the lips. This is "the kiss of life," also known as "the breath of life."
Then Neo wakes up. Neo then hears (the) Trinity, "Now,....get up!"
A Greater Power After the Resurrection
The Agents powers are useless against Neo after his resurrection. Neo has now mastered the Matrix. Thus, the powers of the Agents are useless against him.
Neo runs and leaps into Agent Smiths body, moves through his insides and then Smith explodes.
Neo becomes an incandescent figure.
Neo hangs up the phone at the end of the movie, he just got finished telling Artificial Intelligence(AI) that the bondage is over. A new world where there are no boundaries or borders. He then ascends to the sky.