Better late than never . . .

Wednesday evening, my husband and I finally saw “The Passion of the Christ.”  Wow.  I have to confess that I had mixed emotions about seeing it.  Not because of all the controversy surrounding it, but because in a way I was afraid I wouldn’t have the “appropriate” emotional response.  I accepted Jesus as my savior as a child, but in the many years since I’ve gone through valleys in my relationship with Him (like most Christians, I’m sure).  I’ve been in a shallow valley for a while now, and at times I just feel hollow, although I know that my salvation and my relationship with Jesus is real.  So I worried that I would sit there and be hollow in the midst of this vivid depiction of His sacrifice.

Silly me.  I did start out feeling that way, but as the movie progressed, the most unexpected scenes touched my heart and I cried.  The scene where Jesus is lashed to the whipping post and the psychopaths are laughing as they flog Him blew me away.  Here are these vile men, who in our day and time would make the criminals in “America’s Most Wanted” look like Sunday School teachers, laughing and whooping it up as they turn God’s Son into a bloody pulp.  And the fact is, He suffered it all for THEM.  As they tore His flesh with their instruments of torture, His love for them held Him there.  Amazing.  And subsequently, His love for ALL OF US held Him there.  “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God . . . “

The other things that affected me were the scenes between Jesus and his mother, Mary.  I loved the way He interacted with Mary when he was working on the table and she called him to eat.  She told Him to wash His hands and He playfully splashed the water at her.  It showed Jesus as a loving, joyful person — not some somber, stern person.  I just loved that.  I think that’s what it will be like in Heaven. 

The scene where He falls and Mary runs to Him, thinking back to when He was a tiny child and fell . . . that really got my mommy’s heart.  I know how much I love my daughter, and I can’t begin to imagine what that must have been like for Mary.  And if Mary’s pain was so great, imagine what God the Father’s must be?  For His Son, and for each and every one of us on this earth that turns away from Him?

I am so glad that I went to see it.  It was well worth it.

Thank you, Mr. Gibson, for having the courage to follow the call of the Holy Spirit to make this movie.  And most of all, thank you, Lord, for sending your Holy Son for all mankind. 

4 thoughts on “

  1. The Passion was amazing. In addition to being one of the most beautifully shot movies I’ve ever seen, it was fantastic in the sense that it showed Jesus willingly going forth to be the sacrificial lamb for all of mankind. I found myself wanting to yell when he refused to resist, or defend himself when the chance was offered.I can’t wait for the DVD.


  2. The intensity of this movie is on level I have never seen before, so much so that I can’t bring myself to watch it a second time.  There are only a few movies that have had that effect on me; ones where the emotional impact is so great that it is too hard to watch again. 
    I’m sure I’ll see it agains once it’s on DVD, but I’ll have to be in the right frame of mind, of course.  It’s not a casual viewing.


  3. I know what you mean.  I was emotionally drained when it was over, and although I do want the DVD — it’s definitely not the kind of thing you pick up to watch just because you’re bored on a Saturday night.


  4. I had the pleasure of seeing this move with over 100 students from the school where I work. What a wonderful experience to see people in the theater praying with one another, thankful for the redemptive work of the Cross.


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