Many of you would have recently seen the newly released movie “The Passion of the Christ”. It is a film which seeks to strip away the traditional stereotypes and the “candy coating” which have been applied to the Gospel. In fact there have been complaints as to the levels of realism and violence depicted in the movie as it tracks the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life.
Some have questioned the MA15+ rating and suggested that Mel Gibson has gone too far but I don’t think so…
The fact is that the Gospel has been G rated for too long. “Once upon a time, in a land far, far away a loving man suffered and died for us but rose again on the third day…”
G ratings are great but they don’t do justice to the realities they depict. The Gospel is for children but it is not just for children. It is not just a Sunday School story that will teach good moral lessons. The Gospel is “the power of God to Salvation”.
People do not like looking at the Cross of Christ and I can understand that. We are appalled at what we see and overwhelmed by what it means. However, there is a greater danger to avoid than being shocked by the scene and that is failing to look at least once at what Jesus really suffered and accomplished for each one of us.
“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”Isaiah 45:22