Why should I see The Passion Of The Christ April 3rd @ The Hub?
The simplest answer is that this film captures the most basic message of the gospel and of the cross itself. It’s Ok for us to pack things into nice sentences like, “Jesus was crucified for our sins so that we could be forgiven.” But do we truly realize what it means when we say, “Jesus was crucified?” The cross has been sanitized and homogenized to fit into a comfortable human consumable. Greeting cards, t-shirts, bumper stickers, ornately carved floral wall hangings and beautifully crafted jewelry, which is not in itself a negative but does gently cloak what the cross actually is.
It was Jesus, the Son of God. And He didn’t have to die. He chose to.
I had just begun to walk with the Lord when I first saw this film. I remember watching the opening scene with fear, and it wasn’t because I knew it was going to be a brutal blood bath. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to know the extent of what Jesus went through for me. Like many around me in the theater that day, I cried at the sight of Jesus’ pain and suffering. The film is graphic. My human brain cannot comprehend a sacrificial love so great that it would compel an innocent man to go through all that Jesus willingly went through, just so others can be saved. But I guess that’s why it wasn’t just any mere mortal who was hanging on the cross that day, over two thousand years ago. It was Jesus, the Son of God. And He didn’t have to die. He chose to.
Jesus was fulfilling the reason He was born into this earth.
I like to think Jesus would be glad that people are moved in a new way by this film, but I also think He’d be saying, “Hello, what are you doing? You’re missing the point.”
I never thought of looking at Passion in any way other than Jesus having to die for our sins and enduring so much. I was so caught up in the vivid reality of His ultimate act of love that I forgot it was an act of love in the first place. A willing act: Jesus chose to die. He was the only one who could have set us free from our sins, but that fact didn’t cause Him to die. It compelled him to. He wanted to do it.
That puts Passion in a whole new perspective doesn’t it?
Jesus was in excruciating pain when He hung on the cross, but as He hung there and looked down on all the people, He knew, “this is what I was born for”
If you have never seen The Passion Of The Christ, I invite you to experience Easter.
Is it possible that we focused so much on the physicalness of Jesus we see in cinema, that we forget about what we cannot see—His spirit and character. In these defining moments, His spirit was stronger than ever. Jesus was fulfilling the reason He was born into this earth. His whole purpose for living was within His sights and He knew it and persevered for it.
My favorite part of the movie is when Jesus is carrying the cross through a corridor and He stumbles and falls. His mother rushes to His side to comfort Him, while looking into her eyes He says, “Behold, I make all things new.”
He knew, “this is what I was born for”
Modern society tells us that death is an end. Even though we know that Jesus rose in victory from the dead after three days, His death still carries negative connotations for many in this world. This Easter, I’m doing away with mine. Painful as it was, I no longer focus on His suffering as a cause for sadness, but rather, the reason He is the most extraordinary man to have ever walked the face of the earth, and the reason He is my Lord and my God.
If you have never seen The Passion Of The Christ, I invite you to experience Easter. The very true story of when God became man with the intention of finding each of us and making us a new.