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A Norvell Note
Vol. 7 No. 08 February 23, 2004
He Did It For Me
Like millions of viewers who have seen or will see Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, I have been changed. Something happened to me as I watched account of the suffering of the Savior. The technology impresses me. The costumes and the special effects amaze me. The reasons behind Gibson making the movie and Jim Cavezil playing the role of Jesus are equally worth discussing. Conversations are too numerous to mention surrounding what some consider to be the controversial nature of the film. However, the message I brought away from The Passion of the Christ is simply this: He did that for me!
Though I had read the account of Jesus’ last hours more times than I know. Though I had heard it taught about, preached about, sang about and explained. Like never before I came away thinking, He did that for me! He did that because of me!
I did not leave the viewing with hatred in my heart for the Jews, for the Romans, or for the disciples who deserted Jesus. I left with an overwhelming sense of sadness that because of my sins He chose to go through it the pain. There was no other way. My sins (past and future) make it necessary for Jesus to suffer so that I could be redeemed. The Jews are no more responsible than am I. You were no more the cause than I. My sins led Him the cross. My need for cleansing compelled Jesus to take the beating.
There are things in the movie that I might have done differently. There may be things that I would have added had I been making the movie. Certainly there is more to the story of Jesus than the last twelve hours of His life. John said there would not be enough space to write all the things Jesus did. No one movie could ever contain every scene. However, the message is obvious: He did it for me! He died because of me!
Isaiah 53:7-12, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
I hope you will see The Passion of the Christ. I hope you will see it more than one time. I hope as soon as it comes out on video and DVD you will buy your own copy. I hope the movie becomes the top box office hit of all time. Why? So that Mel Gibson can make millions more dollars? So that we can commercialize it with posters, tee shirts, key chains, refrigerator magnets, and screen savers? No. I hope these things happen for one reason. He did it for me! He did it because loved me! He did it because He loved you! Let His love fill your heart and change your life.
NOTE: I would not recommend any one under twelve to thirteen years of age seeing this movie.
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