The Passion of the Christ

March 14, 2004

By: Gabriel Correa
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Text: King James Version

Introduction: THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST is a vivid depiction of the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life.

Sometime around the year A.D. 30, in the Roman province of Palestine, an obscure Jewish carpenter named Jesus of Nazareth began to teach publicly and to proclaim the coming of a 'Kingdom of God.' For centuries, the Jewish people had expected the appearance of a promised deliverer known as the Messiah --a figure who would restore their ancient dignity, and free their sacred homeland from all evil and despair. In the minds of many, Jesus appeared to be this Messiah. Surrounded by a core group of twelve disciples, Jesus began to attract a massive following from among the common people of Galilee and Judea, who eventually praised him as their Messiah and King. However, Jesus also had many enemies in Jerusalem. The Sanhedrin, a governing senate composed of the leading Jewish priests and Pharisees, conspired to put Jesus to death.

With the aid of Judas Iscariot, a member of Jesus' own inner circle, the Sanhedrin succeeded in arresting Jesus, handing him over to the Roman secular authorities on unsubstantiated charges of treason against Rome. Although Jesus consistently maintained that his Kingdom was a heavenly and spiritual one, the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, faced with the possibility of a riot, ordered that Jesus be taken outside the city and crucified as a common criminal.

Yes, I saw the movie like so many others have done. It's the most powerful and heart touching movie I have ever seen. In the first five minutes it grags you and never lets you go until the end. Then you just sit there in your seat in awe, still looking at the screen. Then you realize how much the Lord Jesus loved you going to the cross. That you and everybody in the theater nail Him to that cross. It was my sins your sins, and the world that put Him there on Calvery's hill. Then my tears flowed down my face feeling the love of God in my heart. Truly, this is the greatest love story, that has ever been told.

Just like the Roman centurion (commanding officer) said, after you see the teardrop from God (in the movie) fall from heaven, and hit the ground. Truly this was the Son of God.

Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Jesus suffer great for us and the movie just showed some of His suffering. If you can believe that, after seeing what we saw in The Passion of the Christ. Here's some prophecy of the scripture that proves how much He suffer (endure evil) for us.

Psalms 22:1-19 1: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
6: But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7: All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,
8: He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
11: Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
13: They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14: 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.
15: 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.
16: For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17: I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18: They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19: But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

Yes He was beaten, and marred more than any other man, according to the prophecy of scriptures.

Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred (injury, damage, impaired and disfigure) more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

Here in Isaiah 53 shows that Jesus gives the ultimate sacrifice for us. He was rejected, despised, and bruised for our iniquities (sins). Jesus did it for you and was willing to lay down His life for us. He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him. But if He had, there would be no salvation, no second coming, no promises, no resurrection, no mansion for His Saints, and we all would die in our sins. Satan would have the victory. "Praise God!!!" He did go to the cross and is alive today, seated at the right hand of the Father.

Isaiah 53: 1-12 1: Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2: For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3: 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.
4: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
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.
6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8: He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9: And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11: He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12: Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Knowing my Christ as my saviour and the Bible, The Passion of the Christ was scriptural. But seeing what He went through in vivid images, changes your outlook on things. You see the love and the compassion He had for the world. No doubt God is using Mel Gibson for His purpose in these last days to fireup the Christians, and to bring the lost to the Saviour. The Lord is using this movie as one of the tools to bring the lost to Him. This movie is going international thru out the world for His purpose. The Lord said in His word that in the last days He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh.

Acts 2:17-18 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

There's a spiritual warfare out there for the souls of men, women and teenagers. Satan knows his time is limited, so he is doing all he can with his host of demons to deceived and lead them away from Christ.

Judgement is coming soon for this nation, because of abortion, homosexuality, immorality, greed, fornication, and lovers of pleasure, more than lovers of God. Lets us look on what God has to say in His word about these sins.

Matthew 5:21 Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.

Jude 7-8 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8: Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities (the quality of being worthy of esteen or honor; worthiness).

Jude 15-16 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16: These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

Romans 1:24-32 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29: Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30: Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31: Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

If you fall in any of these sins. I got some good news for you. Jesus paid it all on the cross. Remember when Pilate ask Jesus, "what is truth?"

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the truth, the way and the life. You must come to Jesus first. The only thing you have to do is, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to come in your heart and save you, and believe that He rose the third day. If we meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing, but if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything! Don't walk away or let Satan whisper in your ear, that you have plenty of time, you don't. The bible says:

II Cor:6:2: For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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A film by Mel Gibson and Icon Production."The Passion of The Christ" is a vivid depiction of the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life with James Caviezel and Monica Bellucci. This film in its second week is still number one. The movie has gross 213 million since it started Wednesday on February 25, 2004. Note! If you haven't seen the movie yet, bring your tissues and handkerchief, you'll going to need them.

Here's an article from a local town newspaper. This will touch your heart and make you think about what happen then 2000 years ago, and what we need to do now, with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It's worth reading!

By: Darlene Hayes
Lifestyles Editor
Newspaper: The Messenger of Union City, TN
Title: "Passion" movie offers more than Academy Awards performances

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