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
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