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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Thoughts On The 'Passion,' the film and the actuality
Crucifixion has long been recognized as the single most inhumane method of execution ever devised by humankind. I believe that if God wanted to, He could have chosen any method by which to sacrifice Himself, including quick ones like a head shot from a skilled sniper's rifle, a knife to the heart, or a quick throatslitting in a dark alley, or a painless one like lethal injection, but instead He allowed Himself to be beaten to the point where Isaiah says "His visage was marred beyond all men," and then hung up like a side of beef in an execution where your only choices are to push up with your feet against the spike that's got them pinned to a block of wood barely large enough for one foot to rest on, or suffocate because your chest muscles become so spasmed from hanging from your wrists. Kind of like choosing between Scylla and Charybdis.
As Philippians says, He was willing to take on the form of a servant, and humble himself to a criminal's death, "even death on a cross," which refers to the fact that those who were sentenced to death by crucifixion were generally regarded as the scum of the earth.
The film doesn't dwell on gore for gore's sake -- it's the absolute, incredible, unbelievable fact that the Father was willing to let His son go through all this -- the stripes by which our healing comes, the death that destroyed death for us -- for a lowlife like me that can't even seem to serve Him without continuing to fail Him daily.
I wouldn't willingly let ANY of my three children so much as scrape their knee for the greatest king among you. But the Lord not only permitted it, he drew the blueprint for the whole seemingly impossible mission and created the tree whose ten millionth descendant was sawn into the cross that He fell under on Sorrow Street in Yerushalayim -- the city of peace, which to this day has hardly seen a day of peace.
THAT'S unconditional, perfect, divine love.
I strongly urge you to consider seeing the "Passion" film. I truly believe it is a work of love from someone who I never imagined would produce something that has the potential to touch so many people.