Mel Gibson's, The Passion of Christ
edited: Saturday, March 06, 2004
By Valerie M Boggess
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Saturday, March 06, 2004
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A reflection of deep inner thoughts as I watched "The Passion of Christ", directed by Mel Gibson.
Today, March 6, 2004, I went to the showcase cinema to watch the film, The Passion of Christ. I went to the film with an open heart expecting to receive a better understanding of the sufferings of my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. It is in my heart, that I believe that the Lord, Jesus Christ died for my sins.
I can remember in my early childhood teachings, learning about the early christians who suffered because of their beliefs. I believe that Mel Gibson tells the story as it was. The movie showed the suffering and tortures that the Son of Man would have to endure.
As I silently watched the film, I felt God's Holy Spirit touching me from within. As the tears rolled down my cheeks, I thought, "Oh Lord that You would die for my sins!" I could feel the tugging between good and evil. In Mel's film I realized the true magnitude of Christ crucifixion on the cross. It was very graphic, yet one must read about the Roman crucifixions to understand or fathom what Christ really suffered that day on Calvary.
As Jesus hung on the cross, I saw Him journey, deep, deep into the depths of Hell taking back the Keys to the Kingdom of God. The Son of Man became a sacrificial Lamb that was led to the slaughter. Through His death and ressurection, I was made whole.
In the film silently the evil lurked giving evidence that he, Satan, is real and alive.
Mel Gibson's film touched my heart. It gave me insight and understanding of the suffering of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Was it too graphic? As graphic as a Roman day crucifixion could be. Was there truth in the film? I believe so, because my faith in this Jesus Christ has sustained my life. Was it controversial? Yes, it shows evidence that there is good and evil.
The church has been lulled asleep, it is in these last days, that God is pouring out His Spirit. He is taking the created of His creation, and using it for His glory. He is pouring out His gifts, His talents down onto the earth. He is calling the elect of His church to give evidence of the truth.
I wish to say that Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of Christ, shall be an inspirational classic of all times.
What did I receive from the viewing of the film? It has given me a better understanding in the sufferings of the Lord, Jesus Christ, that died for me. I am really glad that I went to see Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of Christ.
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|Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine
|This is a great write. Thanks Deborah for your review. I agree with all that is said and especially with the sentence 'see mother, I can make all things new again' And that we look forward to as we are going down the slippery slope. Too many people are not observing the commandments and are living unholy lives and so we also will have to pay for these terrible sins. The Little Flower|
|Reviewed by Poetry Deborah
|Thank you for sharing with us your sorrow as you watched the horror. Your questions, excellent food for thought! I too saw this film, and I think that everyone should see it, if for nothing else, but to remind one that we have a debt to repay. We owe our eternal life to the suffering of one man. And he suffered in silence! When he fell and Mary flashed back to his childhood, wow...a river of tears, and in his suffering he still cared about everyone and everything else...See mother, I can make all things new again.
The intensity and depth of emotion that this movie stirs makes one look at their own humanity...for us, this one man took the sin of the world upon himself so that we would have forever.
You must have Faith in and revere the mighty Truth and awesome Glory of God the Father, as shown to us in Christ the Son. We should all get down upon our knees and offer up our gratitude to Him for His sacrifice for us.
Amen and Hallelujah!
|Reviewed by Elaine Carey
|Thank you for sharing how this film impacted you!|
|Reviewed by Joe Blaine (Reader)
|I've had enough Christianity shoved down my throat to last me for quite a while. I've had numerous people ask me to watch this movie and i refuse to. There is no balance in society when it comes to religion. The predominant religion is christianity. And it gets old. How many Buddhist, Shinto, Islamic, etc...movies are made a big deal of? Not many. Passion of the Christ may be a good movie. But until there is some more openmindedness in the Christian community and a balance of religions, I'll never know. I have never cared for Mel Gibson. You want to glorify Mel Gibson, that's fine. But I suggest watching ALL of his movies before you claim he is a man of God. -Joe|
|Reviewed by The Smoking Poet
|Thank you for your perspective, which I find much in agreement with mine, Valerie. My better half and I went to see this movie a few days ago, and the sense of it haunts me still. I imagine it will lifelong. I have read and viewed interviews and reviews and op-eds on this movie, heard the talk around the water cooler at the office, shared the insights over dinner with friends. I'm glad now I can offer my own perspective. And that is: Gibson has courageously created a masterpiece. I would change nothing. I know the story so well, as many of us do, yet seeing it on screen so vividly left a powerful effect. My companion and I both wept (and while I cry easily enough at quality movies, he rarely does) at the scene where Mary rushes to His side as he falls beneath the cross, flashback bringing us back to Mary running to the side of her perhaps 4 or 5 year old son, fallen in the road. Yet there were many scenes that bring our emotions to surface. The entire movie is an invitation to explore one's heart, one's conscience, one's spirituality, one's life. Back home again, we couldn't stop talking about it. That is, indeed, as it should be.
And is the violence gratuitous? I have heard so much about this. And I am offended by the accusation. How can our society be so hypocritical? In a time when we allow pornography on every venue, referring to this abuse of human rights and dignity as "freedom of expression", when we allow our children to play video games that glamorize murder, when every other movie on the screen today makes a sport of killing and torment, when child abuse has become rampant, and war rages across the planet.... we dare call a movie that realistically portrays the suffering one man, Son of God, endures for each and every one of us ... too violent? How dare we. I suspect it is our shame of the hammer and nail we each hold in our own hands that allows such rationalization.
I highly recommend this movie. You might wish to read the book, too.
|Reviewed by Debra Conklin
|I haven't seen this yet and I'm not certain I will. But, from what I've heard it is extremely powerful. Thank you for your inspiring review.
|Reviewed by Joyce Hale
|What a powerful movie this is, and what a powerful message God has instigated Mel Gibson to let loose upon His people. Well written, Valerie.|
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|I have yet to see it, but I still want to see it! Hope i get to soon!
Great article and review!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend and Sister in Christ, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
|Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
|Valerie, I've yet to find one person that went to see this movie that it hasn't changed their lives in one way or another.
I plan to see it this very day. I like you are going with an open mind and heart. I can only hope that it gives me the direction that it has others.
Valerie M Boggess