Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Passion of the Christ Film
The Passion of the Christ is a vivid depiction of the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life. It is a 2004 film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel. It depicts the Passion of Jesus, drawing from the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The story begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper, and ends with a brief depiction of Christ's Resurrection. Also included in the film are flashbacks from Jesus' childhood, the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper, and other scenes from Christ's life and ministry. But the primary focus of the film is the crucifixion of Christ, and the incredible humiliation, agony, and suffering that He endured.
Recently in class we were discussing Soteriology, which is the theology of salvation. The word "salvation" is the translation of the Greek word soteria which is derived from the word soter meaning "savior". Included in our class discussion was substitionary atonement: God coming to earth in the form of man; redemption: the transaction that occurred when Jesus' blood redeemed us; reconciliation: through Jesus' sacrifice mankind's relationship with God changed from one of hostility to one of harmony; and propitiation: the wrath of God was satisfied by Jesus' sacrificial death. Also included was adoption: because of what Christ did on the cross, as Believers, we are adopted into God's family. All of this has to do with our soul being saved (the immaterial aspect of our being).
As I recently reflected back on our class discussion I was reminded of this film, The Passion of Christ. Although the film was controversial and received a great deal of criticism, I personally was extremely moved by it. I believe that it is the most accurate portrayal that I have seen, graphically illustrating the unbelievable betrayal, anguish, and pain and suffering that Christ experienced and endured as a sacrifice for mankind's sins. As someone that has been a Believer for almost half of my life, I often fall into the trap of taking for granted the unfathomable debt that Christ paid on my behalf, and the awesome privileges that I have received as a result. Although I am not entirely certain of the complete biblical accuracy of all of the scenes portrayed in this film, I am certain that as a Believer one cannot watch this film without being undeniably humbled and unspeakably grateful.