Friday, 4 September 2015

C - Cross


I have had the DVD the Passion of the Christ for, shoo, 9 or 10 years now and I have never watched it.  I knew it was going to be gruesome, and I knew it was going to challenge me.  So, I ignored it and always had a reason why NOW was not the right time to watch it.

We are currently into week 3 of retiling and redoing ceilings etc, and the dust is overwhelming.  Also, the TV is disconnected and as hubby and I were feeling starved of visual stimulation we decided to reconnect at least the DVD player and watch some old favourites.  There was nothing we really wanted to re-watch, and then we saw "The Passion".  Sigh.... I suppose NOW is the time.......

So we set it up and started to watch.  First I was a bit taken aback by the fact that it is all in Aramaic with sub-titles but it didn't take me long to get into it.  Secondly, there seems to be some artistic licence being taken but maybe that is more my lack of knowledge?  However, my reason for not watching it in the first place was definitely on point!

It was horrific, gruesome and I found myself holding back tears A LOT!

But, I needed to see that.  I have been a Christian for a lonnnnng time.  I know Christ died on the cross for my sins, I know He took on the world's worst!  I know He conquered death and the grave, and rose again.  And I know He has overcome every and anything!  He is after all, the Son of God.  However, I have never been able to emotionally connect with that.  I know it is truth, but the reality of what Christ went through, for me...... for you...... for those who don't even care..... WOW, that has been mind-blowing!

It has sat in my heart this whole week.  The knowledge of WHAT Christ went through, TO BE THAT SACRIFICE for us, its overwhelming.  The agony of getting the cross to its final resting place, the heaviness of it and all it represents, must have been staggering.  The thoughtless people, the prideful and arrogant, the lost, all of them laughing and cursing Him as He went.  The physical pain and anguish, I cannot even imagine!


This movie has scarred me, but in a good way.  It has refreshed my spiritual memory with an emotional burst of reality!  I needed to see what my Saviour went through for me, and us all.  I needed to get my senses engaged to acknowledge the enormity of what He has done for us.

And greater still than all He went through for us, He conquered death, He has risen!  The cross is empty, and death has lost its sting!

I know that I will NEVER see a cross and not think of all my Saviour has done for me, ever again!

Let us rejoice together in thankfulness and gratitude for the cross, the empty cross, and what it represents.

Luke 23 v 26:  And they led Him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross and made him carry it behind Jesus........

Luke 23 v 46:  And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.......

Luke 24 v 6-7:  He is not here, but has risen!  Remember how He told you while He was still in Galilee (7) That the Son of Man must be given over into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise from death.

God bless my friends
Tracy


#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe that the Lord reminded me, through the medium of this DVD, all that Jesus did for me, bringing to emotional recognition of what He endured for my soul.  Yes, the wisdom I see here is to KNOW what the cross represents and what Christ did on the cross did for us all.

6 comments:

  1. I will never forget what seeing The Passion for the first time did to me. And, I force myself to go back and revisit and rewatch it from time to time, just so I never forget. The thing that always strikes me is this...no matter who tries to depict what He truly suffered for us or how much is available to them to attempt a realistic portrayal of how horrific it was for Jesus, none of them will ever be able to accurately display the part of His torture and crucifixion that is unseen.....the thing that happened during the 3 hours of darkness...the actual rolling of the sins of the whole world upon His shoulders and transferring our guilt and penalty from us to Him. They can come close to showing the physical part, but no one will ever be able to portray the spiritual. Such an awesome Lord and Savior, and we will never, in a million years, be able to repay Him for His great sacrifice of atonement. Thank you for reminding us of this, Tracy. Have a blessed day in Him!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, you are so right. I think it is important from time to time to remind ourselves of what our Saviour went through to save us from our sins.
      God bless

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  2. I have seen bits and pieces of that movie, but not watched it in its entirety. Like you were, I'm a bit afraid of the gory images. But, you have encouraged me to rethink my decision.

    I do remember years ago when the Cross *came alive* for me.

    I was in my early 20's, attending a college conference. The main speaker used anecdotes from The Chronicles of Narnia. I had never heard of those books, or of C.S. Lewis. But I was so enchanted with his stories about Aslan, that I went out and purchased all seven of the books. I'll never forget when I read about Aslan being sacrificed for the treachery of Edmund. Somehow, reading about the humility and love it took for Aslan to lay aside his great power for a sinner just took my heart by storm. I cried for days.

    In all these years, I have never looked at the Cross in the same way. And I still love my Aslan, my dear Savior Jesus, for the things He suffered for my salvation.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, I think its amazing and humbling how the Lord finds ways to reach us, so we KNOW as we know, what He went through for us. Great story
      God bless

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  3. It's a hard movie to watch. I saw it in the theater when it came out and we also own it. It's very powerful. Last week I posted on a book called 'The Cross He Bore' which you may be interested in. It goes delves deeper into each stage Jesus went through that day. You can read my thoughts on it here... http://thoughtsonbookss.blogspot.ca/2015/09/the-cross-he-bore.html

    Loved your post. : )

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    1. Hi Cathy, thank you, I will pop over soon to check your post out
      God bless

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