The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ (2004) Poster

My family and I watched this movie for the first time this evening, to cap off our observance of Resurrection Sunday.

One can take different angles when watching this movie. It is easy to see how some people were put off by the violence and the gore–but according to the Word, that is what happened… Jesus was whipped, beaten, spit on, His body mutilated, stripes of skin taken off His back from being flogged. Of course the movie was not a literal piece–there were some scenes, characters, and events that were entirely fictitious, but I chose to focus on the bigger picture:

That the last hours of Jesus’ life here on earth were excruciatingly painful, and I should always remember His suffering. I was disappointed only by the ending, because I had hoped the movie would delve into the Resurrection, and it did not go as far as I would have liked. My opinion was that if there were non-believers or babes in Christ that watched the movie, they a) would have had difficulty determining who all of the characters were (except Jesus, of course), and b) would not get the entire Gospel message… About Jesus’ death, burial, and RESURRECTION.

Our church is hosting its annual revival this week. The purpose of revivals are to offer saints the opportunity to refresh or renew their faith. It is no coincidence that a lot of revivals occur around Easter. Easter is the perfect time to “step your game up”, if you will 🙂

I intend to do just that. I know it won’t be easy, and I have to set reasonable goals for myself in all areas in which I tend to improve. I also know that with my son being off for Spring Break (these kids have entirely too many breaks these days, I remember having Spring Break but I don’t remember having as many half days, mid-winter breaks, mid-mid-winter break, teacher development days, etc.) that I won’t get much accomplished, so I’ll be keeping that in mind. My first priority of course is getting through Genesis, but there are others as well:

1. I have yet to finish a very good book I have been reading, Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman,  a fantastic read by Elizabeth George which is based on the woman of Proverbs 31:10-31. I am going to try to study two chapters by the end of the week.

2. I am going to try to complete two chapters of the Dutiful Deaconess.

3. I want to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 days this week.

4. I want to do some comparison shopping to see how much money I can save my family on groceries and still make healthy homemade meals. (There is a store named Aldi I’d like to visit).

5. I am going to help my son finish his homework packet so my husband won’t have to, and have him do some Bible study during his week off of school as well.

6. I have made progress toward cutting back on pop, but I am not satisfied with myself. I have to do better 🙂

7. It is my goal every day to touch someone, somehow. Whether it be a kind word, a smile, or the Gospel… preferably the Gospel…I want to be responsible for making someone’s sad day brighter. Don’t we all need that sometimes??? Even when I am down, I have found that making someone ELSE feel better makes ME feel better!!!!

It’s getting late and I should attempt to go to sleep with the aide of four of my favorite old ladies:

Classic television right here… they don’t make shows like this anymore… most of television is reality show GARBAGE that offends me particularly as a Black woman… we’re not portrayed in the best light. Or should I say, WE don’t portray OURSELVES in the best light. SMH. But that is a whole ‘nother blog post (smile).

It has been a wonderful day. I made delicious deviled eggs, ate dinner with my family, and put together an Easter egg hunt for my kids and my niece along with my sister and mother. I had everything I needed to make for a perfect day–A joyful spirit that comes along with understanding and appreciating Christ’s sacrifice and what it means, family, and a SUPER YUMMY BAKED HAM (LOL!). What more could I need?


2 thoughts on “The Passion of the Christ

  1. I agree with your assessment about the movie. Of course, it makes sense when you consider Mel Gibson’s Catholic background. Nonetheless, I do think it gives a pretty good, semi realistic picture.

    • Definitely. I remember people claiming the movie was anti-Semitic, and I don’t see how it is. Overall I was glad to have watched it. It was difficult to watch, but I think it SHOULD have been difficult to watch. Seeing what Jesus went through further strengthened my resolve to do better! I completely respect what Mel Gibson was trying to do with this film. I am sure he knew it would stir up some controversy.

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