Help! Need Your Thoughts.

Would love your feedback.  Any parts of the Passion story that you find a little odd?  Don’t say Mel Gibson, I’m talking about the story.

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2 thoughts on “Help! Need Your Thoughts.

  1. Here is a review (excerpt) of The Passion of the Christ:
    Mel Gibson’s: The Passion of the Christ.
    National Review
    March 8, 2004
    “A MOVIE AND ITS MEANING”
    “Mel Gibson’s Passion is for all time”
    By Ramesh Ponnuru

    Page 30: “Leaving an advance screening of the movie, I ran into a college classmate I had not seen in years. She works for a mass-market pop-culture magazine. ‘It’s hard to get beyond the ultraviolence,’ she said. ‘It’s obscene.’ I nodded. She was right. That’s the point: What we did to Christ was obscene.

    “If your reactions are like mine, you will be outraged when Christ is mocked and spat on. You will tear up when He looks upon Peter denying Him and when Mary runs to comfort Him when He falls on the way to the cross. You will find it hard to watch the scourging of His flesh, His blood spattering His tormenters. You will want to close your eyes as the stakes are driven in. For Christians, it is triply painful: seeing such brutality inflicted on any man; seeing it inflicted on the only sinless man, our precious Lord; knowing that we are responsible for it. But we also know that He can redeem even that awful scene, even the scene of the worst crime ever committed. It is a bloody movie. But His blood is life. Lest we forget, the movie has Him tell us so in a flashback to the Last Supper.”

    Page 31: “The movie is not at all anti-Semitic. In the film, some Jewish leaders want Christ killed and some do not. Some are decent and some indecent, as is also true of the Romans. Some followers of Christ betray the Lord—chiefly the men, as in the Gospels. Some, chiefly the women but also John, stay by His side.

    “A central message of the movie, with which all its other truths are bound up, is that we are all of us guilty for the crucifixion: Every sinful act of man—including every act of hatred against the Jews—pounds the nail deeper.”

    Page 32: “People always want to know whether the movie is faithful to the book, or in this case the Book. The answer is yes. There are some elements of pious Catholic tradition that appear in the movie—notably Veronica’s veil. I doubt most Protestants will object, since these elements contradict neither the letter nor spirit of Scripture (which is why it can be in the pious tradition).

    “What I hope is that the movie will help to effect a deeper conversion of the already converted. I walked out of the theater into the cold sunlight and pot smoke of a Manhattan sidewalk. If we leave this film reminded that this world is not our home but only a way station, then Gibson will have done a mighty work for the Lord. We will remember that He is being crucified, and doing His saving work, every day, every moment, as I write, as you read.”

    On the cover of the National Review, there is a photograph of James Caviezel (who plays Jesus) carrying the cross and these words:

    “Father, forgive them . . .”
    RAMESH PONNURU
    ON MEL GIBSON’S
    MASTERPIECE

    I believe that The Passion of the Christ and Ben Hur have to be the most important and most influential Christian films of all time. The Seventh Seal is also outstanding. There is also The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Matrix trilogy. That is all I can think of at this time.

    Isaiah 52: 14: “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.”

    Psalm 22: 1 & 2: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why are thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.”

    Psalm 22: 6-8: “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him”

    Psalm 22: 11-19: “Be not far from me; for trouble is near, for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.”

    Isaiah 53: 3-5: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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.”

    1. Sorry, I must have not been as clear. I’m actually not talking about the movie at all. I’m interested if there are parts of the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection (the Passion Narrative) that people find odd. I’m putting together a sermon series on the Easter message, and the questions that people have about it.

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