The Passion of the Christ
by Mel Gibson
My position regarding the controversy surrounding this film "The Passion of Christ" is much like the Apostle Paul seems to have felt during a similar situation when he wrote: "What then? (How does this effect me?) "Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice"( Philippians 1:18).
Even Jewish rabbi's, when interviewed, inadvertently support the historical reality of Jesus Christ- no one seems to question that- it's accepted as a matter of fact- (as it should) that obviously this event, of great magnitude occurred, and impacted history like none other. (That's a great foundation of agreement to work from) So granted that, they debate the purpose of His work, Who crucified Jesus? Are the Jews to blame?, etc. and even concepts such as- Does sacrifice, vengeance, restitution, and justice make sense as valid in life? or that God also might require such- as we humans do? (We are created in HIS image) and/or...Would God really take our sin so serious?!
Let's answer that one right off with a quote from a friend:
"Because Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they were cast out of the Garden of Eden. They could not just simply repent of their sin, ask forgiveness and regain paradise. No, sin was too scandalous, too polluting and too blinding for God to forgive on the basis of prayer alone. God is extremely, almost incomprehensibly, holy and pure. He "lives in an unapproachable light whom no one has seen or can see..."(1Tim.6:16NIV) He cannot tolerate evil. He is "of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity" (Hab.1:13) His holiness and righteous anger demanded that there be a just punishment. Either the guilty party, or an innocent substitute, would have to be punished. Have you ever been so angry because of something wrong someone did or said to you that you banged the table, kicked the door,etc. ? I remember as a rebellious youth making my father so mad that he picked up an oak stool and slammed it into a nearby fish bowl. I thought "that could have been me." Well, it is sort of like this with God, in whose image we are made, except His anger is always righteous and justified. God has chosen instead to take out His anger on an innocent substitute so that when a man sees that a life had to be taken because of his sin, he would get the idea that "that could and should have been me."
eg: "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezk 18:20) or "Without the shedding of blood is NO remission for sin" (Heb.9:22)
or...as the Apostle Paul writes believers: "Having therefore these promises, (of Christ's gift of salvation and eternal life) dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from ALL filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God". (II Cor. 7:1)
Yes, NO doubt God has demanded justice and that a price be paid for our sins- by you or another, by your damnation or his (Christ's) propitiation. (Vicarious sacrifice for us because of His great love).
So who Killed Christ? We all did, but in the physical realm? The scriptures are quite clear, and to bring anything other out in a film would be a deviation from the record, for so it is written numerous times. For example, Peter (a Jew), is recorded as saying (and NO doubt, speaking to the Jews)...
11: "And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 12: And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel," (Jews) "why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? 13: The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 14: But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15: And (you) killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 16: And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17: And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18: But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20: *And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3: 11-21)
Atrocities are committed by people- and nations (eg. Hitler) and history can not be denied, so lets accept what has happened, and quit with such vain controversies as trying to downplay the Jews roll in this predestined event. Let's move on to the more important concerns that remain, like living Jesus NOW, our eternal destinies, and our being prepared for the great coming event:
*WHEN " He (The Father)shall Send Jesus Christ (The SECOND TIME)
35:" Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37: But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Mat.24:35-39)
Likewise, Things like this do not happen by accident. This movie the "Passion of Christ" produced my Mel Gibson did not happen by accident, nor was the timing of this movie by accident- there is a wondrous plan unfolding and this is no doubt part of the end-time planning- to get people thinking and talking about the reality of Christ, what He suffered, and the acknowledgment that He is a reality to be reckoned with. Further, this is just one more boost to prove that He alone is the only true Christ that has been or will ever be.
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Film: "The Passion of Christ" CREW Directed by: Mel Gibson Screenplay by: Benedict Fitzgerald & Mel Gibson Produced by: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety Executive Producer: Enzo Sisti Director of Photography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC Production Designer: Francesco Frigeri Film Editor: John Wright, ACE Music by: John Debney Costume Designer: Maurizio Millenotti Special Makeup and Visual Effects Designed and Produced by: Keith Vanderlaan Set Decorator: Carlo Gervasi Makeup Effects Consultant: Greg Cannom Casting by: Shaila Rubin THE CAST Jesus Jim Caviezel Magdalene Monica Bellucci Claudia Procles Claudia Gerini Mary Maia Morgenstern Dismas Sergio Rubini Annas Toni Bertorelli Malchus Roberto Bestazzoni Gesmas Francesco Cabras Cassius Giovanni Capalbo Satan Rosalinda Celentano Scornful Roman Emilio De Marchi Peter Francesco De Vito Brutish Roman Lello Guilivo 2nd Temple Officer Abel Jafry John Hristo Jivkov Judas Luca Lionello Simon of Cyrene Jarreth Merz Janus Matt Patresi Abenader Fabio Sartor Caiphas Mattia Sbragia Pontius Pilate Hristo Naumov Shopov Scornful Roman Roberto Visconti
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