‘The Passion of the Christ’ ~ CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation
The Passion of The Christ dramatically captures the last 12 hours of Christ’s life on Earth, based on the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It is now the seventh most successful movie in history.
“A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus, who has performed ‘miracles’ and has publicly announced that he is ‘the Son of God’, is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus” by Anthony Pereyra.
Wow! What a film! Roger and I remember seeing this when it first came out in the theaters and it was the most crowded theater we had ever been in and it was an IMAX showing. I can’t remember any seats being open. It was difficult to watch all of it because of the violence during the scenes of the whipping, which is why there is a parental warning on this one.
Now…years later we watched it again so we could do a review and this is such a powerful film. There were several things that stood out to me in this film:
- The very beginning where Jesus says, “Could you not watch with me 1 hour”. It seemed as if God was speaking to me asking me the same question. Am I watching and praying as Jesus commanded us to do because of its importance and necessity.
- The serpent scene and crushing the serpent’s head in the garden. Powerful.
- The thirty pieces of silver scene was so dramatic with the music and photography. It was such a work of art. What significance.
- The impact that we have never been through what Jesus or Job have been through. Why do I ever complain? Salvation is enough.
- If you only do good to those who love you, what good is that? The words really hit home for me. Everyone is my neighbor and I need to go out of my way for others, even strangers.
- Do we truly love one another as Jesus left us the command?
- The contrast between Mary and Satan parallel to each other. I couldn’t figure out the significance there until a few days later when I thought about it more. Mary was representing good vs. Satan representing evil. It would have been perfect had it been Jesus representing the good for we know that only Jesus was sinless. Romans 3:10 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one:
All in all, I have to say this film brought strong conviction of the love Jesus has for me, that He would live a perfect life, and then suffer such pain, just so that me and you could have eternal life. WHAT TREMENDOUS LOVE!
Looking forward to ‘The Resurrection of the Christ‘ which would be God’s Sequel to the ‘The Passion of the Christ’.
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