Victorious Insights For Living: The Passion Of The Christ - One Dude's View

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Passion Of The Christ - One Dude's View

I went and saw The Passion of the Christ last night. It was an extraordinary movie. It was really beyond a movie and more of an experience. I would call it an experience with the love of Christ. If you ever had any questions about God's love for you personally, this movie would answer those questions.

The words that blazed out at me during this movie was what Jesus said:

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

The love of God really is the most powerful force in the universe. It surpasses human understanding. God doesn't love you for anything you do, He loves just because He loves you. He loves you, because He is love. The movie takes you to a whole new level of understanding of the love of Christ and the price that God was willing to pay through Jesus Christ to have a relationship with you.

I know that there has been controversy around this movie, but that was to be expected. Jesus Christ is and always will be the most controversial figure in history. Anytime you have a movie that is based on the Gospels, there is going to be controversy. Was the movie anti-semitic? From my experience with the movie, no. This is the most Jewish version of the gospels and the most Jewish version of Jesus I have ever seen.

The question was not who killed Jesus...but why He died. Jesus laid down His life willing on our behalf. Was it violent? Yes it was, but not in the sense that the critics portray. Jesus bore a violent death for us to take away our sins through His precious, shed blood so we could enter back into right standing with the Father. He died in order for us to have a relationship with Him. Jesus paid the ultimate price for that, but it was driven by love, not hate. He died willing out of love and obedience to the Father God. I believe when you see the movie that will become clear. As the scripture says:

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us." 1 John 3:16

God's love for us is so extraordinary is hard to put into words at times. The love of God is the greatest thing that anybody can ever experience. This movie is an encounter with the Love of God, not as a concept but as a Person. And that Person is Jesus Christ. Check out the movie. It will be well worth the investment. God loves you and so do I.


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