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"THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST." by Dr. Doyle Caldwell, ThD.
This is being written, just after getting home from watching the movie, "The Passion of The Christ." So, I guess you could say, this is a movie review.
First, everyone, that is old enough and can take the violent beating of our Lord, should go see this movie. Even though this movie gives a graphic view of what it could have been like for Jesus, it still cannot match His real sufferings. Be sure it will give you a better imagination as to what happened.
Second, this movie will help you appreciate the sufferings of Christ. You will want to thank Christ for dying for you. Isaiah 53:5, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Thirdly, for a secular film, it was pretty much Scriptural. There were a few things that did not happen and a few that were left out. One thing they left out was the darkness that fell for 3 hours while Jesus was hanging on the cross. One thing they put in was the splitting of the Temple, when it was the veil that split. The movie quotes some key Scriptures, such as John 14:6.
As any Bible believer would know, spiritual battles are going on at all times, even when Jesus was on the earth. So, there are a few characters in the movie that portray this spiritual battle. We can’t see spirits, so I assume that is why these few characters are inserted in the film here and there.
The reaction of the audience was unique. I noticed only one or two people leaving before the film was finished. I also noticed silence as they watched, except for some weeping. When the film was over, it didn’t seem anyone was in a hurry to get up and leave. Most sit, as in disbelief as to what they just experienced.
This film could be used to show folk what Jesus did for them. It is up to us to share why He did it. It is a must see.