Millions were mesmerized, shocked, even traumatized by Mel
Gibson's movie, "The Passion of Christ." At the conclusion of
the movie, theatres were like morgues, the silence was deafening.
The only sound heard was the weeping and sobbing of movie goers
who had heard of the movie's tremendous impact on people's lives,
but just had to see for themselves. They were not prepared for
what they saw and heard.
For years Christians around the world have worshipped the "little
Lord Jesus" alleged to have been born on December 25th. They grew
up with pictures, of what they believed to be Christ, hanging on
a wall behind the pulpit in churches around the world. The
picture displayed a longhaired, blue-eyed, handsome man who
usually has his hands clasped in a prayerful position and feasting
his eyes upward. Christ's death has been portrayed on canvas as
a half-naked man bound to a cross with a crown of thorns placed
on his head. A trickle of blood oozes from the thorn prick on
his head, and another trickle is evident from the nail holes in
his hands. Some artists have even inserted a heart with a crack
running through the center, depicting Christ having died of a
"broken heart." Finally, millions gather early on "Easter" morning
in worship services to commemorate the resurrection of Christ just
at daybreak, depicted by the rising sun.
Is it any wonder that the movie shocked some to the point of
death? They simply were not prepared for what they saw and
heard. Why not? The scriptures are readily available describing
an even more horrible death than Mr. Gibson's movie portrayed.
“Is that really in there?” Read on. In Psalms 22, Isaiah 52 and
53 we read of a man whose joints were pulled out of their sockets,
whose flesh was torn by scourging, revealing the bones of his
body, who was attacked by vicious men who laughed him to scorn,
and who cast lots for his garments. Isaiah said, “his visage was
so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men."
No man has ever suffered as Christ did. No man was ever beaten as
badly or wounded as was the Son of God. This world has been taught a
false Christ-- a Christ who has been engaged in a cataclysmic struggle
with Satan the Devil to win peoples souls for heaven. If this is
true, Christ is certainly losing the battle.
Why did the one who claims to be the Creator, who claims to be the
very Son of God, who claims to be the Prince of Peace and the savior
of the world have to die? Did he die so men could believe on Him and
be saved? Did he die so men could go to heaven? Did he die to do away
with the law? Did he die so children could hide Easter eggs on the
front lawn on Sunday morning? Very few know the real reason for
Christ's death. Do you? Would you like to know? You need to send
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