The Passion of the Christ - Mel Gibson's Powerful Film
The passion and truth of Christ are revealed! Why was it necessary for Him to die on the cross?
The Passion of the Christ is a film about the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ's life about 2000 years ago. The film opens in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper with His disciples. Jesus is soon arrested in the garden, after He's betrayed by Judas Iscariot, and taken back to Jerusalem where the leaders of the Pharisees confront Him with accusations of blasphemy. He is condemned to death by the religious leaders.
Jesus Christ is then brought before Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine. Pilate had the actual decision-making power to either crucify Jesus or let Him go. Pilate's political career was in jeopardy during this time, and he didn't want any further conflict. Refusing to allow the religious leaders to crucify Christ would cause him great conflict. Pilate defers the decision to King Herod. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who then gives the crowd a choice between letting Jesus go or the criminal Barrabas. The crowd chooses to set Barabbas free and condemn Jesus to death.
The Passion of the Christ - A Remarkable Piece of History
The Passion of the Christ continues as Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers, who beat Him severely. He is then brought back to Pilate, who presents him to the crowd, hoping that would be enough, but it wasn't. Pilate washes his hands of the dilemma, and orders his men to do what the crowd wants with Jesus.
Jesus is presented with His own cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem to the hill of Golgotha. There, He's nailed to the cross and realizes His Father in heaven has turned from Him because of the sin of the world that He (Christ) took upon Himself. After hours of torture, Christ proclaims, "It is finished" and then, "Into Thy hands I commend my Spirit."
At the moment of Jesus' death, there's a large earthquake, the thick veil in the Temple is torn from top to bottom, and there is darkness over the land for three hours.
Three days later, Jesus Christ resurrects Himself from the dead, defeating sin and death, and providing the only way for humanity to be reconciled to God the Father.
The Passion of the Christ - Why did Jesus have to die on the Cross?
The Passion of the Christ is tremendously powerful. But why did Jesus have to die this way? God's Word to humanity -- the Bible -- says that all people have sinned against God by breaking His commandments (i.e., lying, stealing, wishing you had what someone else does, sex outside of marriage, etc.). Even one sin committed against God is enough to separate us from Him for eternity. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the Glory of God."
God knew that there was only one way to redeem mankind to Himself -- once and for all. That could only be done through sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to live a sinless life and die on the cross as a once-and-for-all sacrifice for all of mankind's sins. Romans 5:8 states, "But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
The Passion of the Christ - The Ultimate Love Story
The Passion of the Christ is really about a love story -- the love that Christ has for you and me. He was willing to go to the cross, take all the humiliation, extraordinary pain and suffering, and most of all, the sin of the entire human race -- past, present and future -- upon Himself. He was willing to allow Himself to be separated from His Father, God, when He bore my sins and yours. He did it because He loves us, and He so desperately wants you and me to spend eternity with Him in heaven. However, that will not be possible if we refuse to accept the sacrifice He made for us. Refusal to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and receive Him into our heart will leave us responsible for all the sins we have ever committed against God. When we die, we will be judged by those sins, and we will be given a sentence. The sentence will be death and eternal separation from Jesus Christ and God, the Father. This does not have to be the case for you. Follow the link below to find out what it means to be saved!