When I saw The Passion of the Christ, I wept. I didn’t weep for the graphic violence depicted. I anticipated that from all the “hype” I’d read and heard about prior to going.
I wept for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I wept for his pain and suffering. I wept because I know he went through his earthly and spiritual “agony” for my sins. I wept for a mother who watched her Son die a torturous death. While I watched and wept, I didn’t think about Christians, Catholics, Protestants, SDA, Methodists, Baptists, or Jews…I worshipped my Savior, Jesus Christ. I felt drawn, pushed, pulled to “help” my best friend, Jesus, through his terrible ordeal. The irony is He went through this ordeal to “help” ME. Hallelujah!
I didn’t and don’t feel the least bit deceived by Mel Gibson’s account of my Savior’s tormented and fatal last day. My belief as a Christian that Jesus is alive and working in my heart has only been reaffirmed by the emotions this movie invoked in me. I still know Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascendancy into Heaven is the Divine “sequel” to Mr Gibson’s account, but what Mr Gibson did so graphically well was to remind us Jesus suffered, then died, to take our sins upon himself. Humans had to torture, then kill Him to that end, and all Christians know what happened. How many of us can tell the story of Noah and the floods? Should we as Christians hide the obvious fact that a tremendous number of people drowned during those floods? And drowning appears to be a very torturous form of death? Whether good or bad, humans must visualize something in order to fully understand what they’ve heard or read. We are easily deceived, but it is incumbent on us to complete our visualizations through other sources to minimize deception.
I’m a recent born-again Christian who, along with my son, matured spiritually last year. The Passion played a role in our growth, but Jesus, the Bible, family, friends, and church, are all much more powerful influences in my Walk with the Lord.