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Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ

Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ
The Last Supper
The Last Supper
Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane
Praying in the Garden
Praying in the Garden
Jesus after being Scorged
Jesus after being Scorged

The Road to Golgatha
The Road to Golgatha
Mel Gibson's Own Hand Holding the Nail
Mel Gibson's Own Hand Holding the Nail
Golgatha, Place of the Skull
Golgatha, Place of the Skull
Jesus On the Cross
Jesus On the Cross
Mary Magdalene at the Foot of the Cross
Mary Magdalene at the Foot of the Cross

The Empty Cross
The Empty Cross

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

Best Christian Film, 2004 - 5 stars

A Product of Love, Skill and Marketing Genius

The Jewish people were no more responsible for the death of Christ than the German people were for the death of millions of Jews during World War II. On the contrary, it was the German leaders that killed the Jews, and it was the Jewish leaders that killed Christ - and both out of envy. But because it was the Passover, the Jewish leaders couldn’t kill Christ themselves, so they had to persuade the Romans to do it for them. But make no mistake: the Jewish leaders did kill Christ.


But that’s not what the The Passion Of The Christ is about. Christ wasn’t murdered - He gave up His own life willingly as part of God’s plan for saving His people from their sins. If you watch The Passion and all you see is brutality, blood and death, you’re missing the point. The point is, without Christ’s sacrifice, we would all die in our sins and spend the rest of eternity separated from God, because none of us is good enough to save himself. But God, out of love, took on Himself our sins in the person of Christ. We were the ones scheduled to be brutally beaten and die on that cross; but God, out of love, took the punishment for us and died in our place. He did what we couldn’t do for ourselves. And then He did one more thing: He raised Himself from the dead, proving for all time that He indeed was God; and showing that, one day, we, too, would rise again.

The Passion Of The Christ shows the sacrifice that Christ made for us, which only love could have compelled Him to do. The brutality only underscores His love. If you don’t watch The Passion and see the love behind it, you’re missing the point; and, possibly, missing the boat as far as what Christ came to bring.

Christ was born to die. He wasn’t born to teach, heal or show the way: He is the Way. And He was born to die - not pointlessly, but purposefully, so that we could live. That's what The Passion is all about: not brutality, blood and death; but love, sacrifice and life. If you see that when you watch this movie, it’s only because God has given you the eyes to see it, as well as the gift to share in what Christ came to bring.

For a more technical discussion of The Passion, see the last three or four paragraphs under "Pathos."

Waitsel


Waitsel Smith, January 13, 2006

Text © 2006 Waitsel Smith. Image © 2005 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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