Neo: What...what is happening to me?
Morpheus: You are the one, Neo. You see you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I've spent my entire life looking for you.
Scene shift to our world: What is the Messiah, the One?
Oracle: You know why Morpheus brought you to see me?
Neo: I think so.
Oracle: So, what do you think? You think you're the One?
Neo: I don't know.
Does the Messiah know that he is the One?
Let's look at a previous redeemer. Did Moses grow up knowing that he would redeem the Jewish people?
As a baby, Moses is fished out of the Nile and raised in Pharaoh's palace. He goes out to see the condition of the Jews, kills an Egyptian and flees for his life. He spends decades as a fugitive, unable to return to his people, reduced to shepherding his father-in-law's flock. Hardly an auspicious beginning.
But then Moses encounters the burning bush. God tells him, in no uncertain terms, that he is "the One." Why? "Because you turned aside" - because you turned aside while in Egypt to see the state of the Jewish People. Because you cared and chose to see their plight, instead of ignoring them and living the good life in Pharaoh's palace.
The Messiah is a regular human being, like you and me, who dedicates his life to reaching greatness. He's not born the One; he becomes the One as a natural outgrowth of his unique life mission. Jewish Tradition teaches that in every generation there is a potential Messiah somewhere on Earth. He doesn't know it yet…
Oracle: But you already know what I'm going to tell you.
Neo: I'm not the One.
Oracle: Sorry kiddo.You got the gift, but it looks like you're waiting for something.
Oracle: Your next life maybe, who knows? That's the way these things go.
It's not a matter of being convinced. In the end, Neo chooses to stop waiting, to stop hesitating, and becomes the One. There's a Redeemer in our midst. But he has to first earn that title before attaining it.
Neo: Morpheus. He... he almost had me convinced. But...
Morpheus: He is The One. Do you believe it now, Trinity?
Neo: Morpheus. The Oracle, she told me I'm...
Morpheus: She told you exactly what you needed to hear, that's all. Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Got your walking shoes on?