Saw the Passion of The Christ today

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by loriRn, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. loriRn

    loriRn New Member

    WOW! It was so powerful. I found myself sobbing several times. I kept saying over and over" I'm so sorry you had to go through this because of me"
    If FMS is my cross to bare in this life, then i gladly do it. It's nothing compare with what our Lord went through. I'm so thankful he took my sins to the cross. I really reccomend this film to give you a new outlook on what He did for us. Peace to all, Lori.
  2. lois1023

    lois1023 New Member

    My tough guy brother in-law and a friend went today and they both cried. They said that when everybody were leaving the theatre that no was talking and people were real somber and drying their eyes. My BIL said he doesn't think my sister will be able to handle how graphic it is but she is going with me and he is going again for her because he thinks everyone should see it.

    I know it is controversial because some say it makes the Jewish people look responsible for his death. And I've heard others say it was the Romans that took his life. But we need to remember that nobody "took His life". "He gave His life for us". He suffered so we wouldn't have to. Think about it. How many people would you be willing to give your life for? To endure all that He endured? Would you do it for someone that didn't even know you? Do you know anyone else that would do it for you?

    How can we ever doubt His love for us? How can we ever not trust in that love? How do you thank someone who gave His life so that I might live forever with my Father?

    Thank You Jesus!!!

  3. j9miller

    j9miller New Member

    I have not seen the movie yet but my pastor is preaching on it and I have read all of the pros and cons of it.

    What gets me is that no one (media) is talking about how Jesus gave His life willingly out of love for you and me ... and how this is the whole reason He came to begin with ... to die and live again that we may have life and have it eternally (if we believe)

    You cannot blame anyone for the death of someone who is not even dead!!!! Praise the Lord... because Jesus is ALIVE!!!

  4. loriRn

    loriRn New Member

    I agree, as if anyone could do anything to Jesus that he would'nt allow. It was the plan frome the beginning of time. If anyone wants to place blame, I killed him, you killed him, we all killed him , because we all sin. And he died for us while we were still sinners. That is awesome. It's one thing to give your life for a friend or loved one, but for someone who hates you and is spitting on you, it's unimmaginable. Praise God ,Lori.
  5. Kim

    Kim New Member

    I got this off a Meniere's support forum.

    News Anchor's Perspective on "The Passion of the Christ" by Jody Dean, the Dallas/Ft. Worth anchor for CBS News.

    I thought I'd give you my reaction after seeing it last week.

    There were about 2,000 people there, and the movie was shown after several speakers had taken the podium. It started around 9:00 and finished around 11:00...about two hours in length. Frankly, I lost complete track of time - so I can't be sure.

    I read a lot - and have covered stories and scenes that still make me wince. I also have a vivid imagination, and have the ability to picture things as they must have happened - or to anticipate things as they will be portrayed. I have also seen an enormous amount of footage from Gibson's film, so I thought I knew what was coming.

    But there is nothing in my existence - nothing I could have read, seen, heard, thought or known that could have prepared me for what I saw on screen last night.

    This is not a movie that anyone will "like".
    I don't think it's a movie anyone will "love".
    It certainly doesn't "entertain".
    There isn't even the sense that one has just watched a movie.
    What it is is an experience - on a level of primary emotion that is scarcely comprehensible.

    Every shred of human preconception or predisposition is utterly stripped away.
    No one will eat popcorn during this film.
    Some may not eat for days after they've seen it.
    Quite honestly, I wanted to vomit. It hits that hard.

    I can see why some people are worried about how the film portrays the Jews.
    They should be worried.
    No, it's not anti-Semitic.
    What it is, is entirely shattering.
    There are no "winners".
    No one comes off looking "good" - except Jesus.
    Even His own mother hesitates.

    As depicted, the Jewish leaders of Jesus' day merely do what any of us would have done - and still do.They protected their perceived "place" - their sense of safety and security, and the satisfaction of their own "rightness".

    But everyone falters.
    Caiphus judges.
    Peter denies.
    Judas betrays.
    Simon the Cyrene balks.
    Mark runs away.
    Pilate equivocates.
    The crowd mocks.
    The soldiers laugh.
    Longinus still stabs with his pilus.
    The centurion still carries out his orders.
    And as Jesus fixes them all with a glance, they still turn away.

    The Jews, the Romans, Jesus' friends - they all fall.
    Everyone, except the Principal Figure.
    Heaven sheds a single, mighty tear - and as blood and water spew from His side, the complacency of all creation is eternally shattered.

    The film grabs you in the first five seconds, and never lets go.
    The brutality, humiliation, and gore are almost inconceivable - and still probably does not go far enough.
    The scourging alone seems to never end, and you cringe at the sound and splatter of every blow - no matter how steely your nerves.

    Even those who have known combat or prison will have trouble, no matter their experience - because this Man was not conscripted.
    He went willingly, laying down His entirety for all.
    It is one thing for a soldier to die for his countrymen.
    It's something else entirely to think of even a common man dying for those who hate and wish to kill him.

    But this is no common man.
    This is the King of the Universe.
    The idea that anyone could or would have gone through such punishment is unthinkable - but this Man was completely innocent, completely holy - and paying the price for others.
    He screams as He is laid upon the cross, "Father, they don't know. They don't know..."

    What Gibson has done is to use all of his considerable skill to portray the most dramatic moment of the most dramatic events since the dawn of time.

    There is no escape.
    It's a punch to the gut that puts you on the canvas, and you don't get up.
    You are simply confronted by the horror of what was done - what had to be done - and why.
    Throughout the entire film, I found myself apologizing.
    What you've heard about how audiences have reacted is true.
    There was no sound after the film's conclusion.
    No noise at all.
    No one got up.
    No one moved.
    The only sound one could hear was sobbing.

    In all my years of public life, I have never heard anything like that.
    I told many of you that Gibson had reportedly re-shot the ending to include more "hope" through the Resurrection?
    That's not true.

    The Resurrection scene is perhaps the shortest in the entire movie - and yet it packs a punch that can't be quantified.
    It is perfect.
    There is no way to negotiate the meaning out of it.
    It simply asks, "Now, what will you do?"

    I'll leave the details to you, in the hope that you will see the film - but one thing above all stands out, and I have to tell you about it.

    It comes from the end of Jesus' temptations in the wilderness - where the Bible says Satan left him "until a more opportune time."
    I imagine Satan never quit tempting Christ, but this film captures beyond words the most opportune time.
    At every step of the way, Satan is there at Jesus' side - imploring Him to quit, reasoning with Him to give up, and seducing Him to surrender.

    For the first time, one gets a heart-stopping idea of the sense of madness that must have enveloped Jesus - a sense of the evil that was at His very elbow.

    The physical punishment is relentless - but it's the sense of psychological torture that is most overwhelming.

    He should have quit.
    He should have opened His mouth.
    He should have called 10,000 angels.
    No one would have blamed Him.

    What we deserve is obvious.
    But He couldn't do that. He wouldn't do that.
    He didn't do that.
    He doesn't do that.
    It was not and is not His character.
    He was obedient, all the way to the cross - and you feel the real meaning of that phrase in a place the human heart usually doesn't dare to go.

    You understand that we are called to that same level of obedience.
    With Jesus' humanity so irresistibly on display, you understand that we have no excuse.
    There is no place to hide.

    The truth is this: Is it just a "movie"?
    In a way, yes.
    But it goes far beyond that, in a fashion I've never felt - in any forum.
    We may think we "know".
    We know nothing.

    We've gone 2,000 years - used to the idea of a pleasant story, and a sanitized Christ. We expect the ending, because we've heard it so many times.
    God forgive us.

    This film tears that all away.

    It is as close as any of us will ever get to knowing, until we fully know.
    Paul understood. "Be urgent, in and out of season."

    Luke wrote that Jesus reveals Himself in the breaking of the bread.
    The Passion Of The Christ shows that Bread being broken.

    Go see this movie.

  6. Takesha

    Takesha New Member

    But I want to.

    Kim, you gave a great review.
    I saw Mel Gibson when he gave an interview. When asked who killed Christ, he said "we all did" and said he'd be the first to raise his hand. He also stated that Anti-Semitisim, or Anti-any race, was Anti-Christian. I thought that was a profound truth that many need to hear!

    This is the way I have always seen it...He died for ME, and if it were only me who needed Him to do that, He would have done it anyway.

    I have never once in my entire life "blamed the Jews", the thought never crossed my mind. I think perhaps some of the fear about this that's being expressed comes from the years of persecution from the Nazis.

    Oh, I am sure there are some "christians" that may have that attitude, but I think they must not have an overall picture of the "plan". After all those who actually tried and drove the spikes through his hands represented "humanity" just as Jesus represented " God" and the Holy Spirit...because they are one.

    I think that those who "blame the Jews" have missed the point entirely and are still not accepting the death of Jesus as a personal issue. After all, even without seeing the movie it's hare as Lori said to accept that " He did it for me" and seeing it acted out I am sure will really bring that point home.

    Now, I just want to say Hi to everyone and let you know I am still "lurking" around.

  7. Sunshyne1027

    Sunshyne1027 New Member

    We are going to church tomorrow morning. Then going to a earlier playing of the movie, to save a few dollars. I loved the news article shared too. Can't wait to see it. Taking my sons along also.

    Lurking around too, still read and pray for everyone.

  8. kfsunshine

    kfsunshine New Member

    I saw this today and it was so emotionally draining. I think Mel Gibson did a great job of showing us just how much Jesus suffered and sacrificed for us and just how much he loves us. It makes his sacrifice so REAL. I cried for almost the whole film and thank you just doesn't seem like enough to say to Jesus.