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January 22, 2004

Mel Gibson’s Film – The Passion of Christ

The soon to be released Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of the Christ,” is reportedly a vivid description of the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ’s physical life. Many oppose the release of this film in February.

Since his crucifixion he has been both loved and hated by countless billions. Those who receive his light have the condemnation of God for sin lifted from them, and love him for it. But those who will not receive his light, hate it, speaking evil of any type of sacrifice for their sin condition, and thereby remain eternally under the condemnation of God. Those who receive his light are passed from the sentence of spiritual death into the light of eternal life.

John 3:17-20 – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 5:24 –Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall NOT come into condemnation; but IS PASSED from death unto life.

Those who will not come to his sacrifice, as the complete offering for their sins, despise and reject him. They hide their faces from his light, and esteem him not. That is why there is so much controversy over the film, and why most of the film producers want nothing to do with it.

Isaiah 53:3 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Although I have not seen the film myself, based on what I have read concerning it, I do recommend to those, who are not afraid to look upon what may be a reasonably close representation of what Christ suffered for our sins, to make an effort to see it when it is released. If Gibson matches the detailed description that Isaiah gave of it, I can assure you it will never be erased from your mind, and you will be more thankful to Jesus for what he did to deliver you from the condemnation of God for your sins. He took upon himself the role of a SERVANT and suffered the horror of Isaiah 52:14, for which he was exalted, extolled, and made very high.

Philippians 2:7-10 – But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a SERVANT, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Isaiah 52:13,14 – Behold, MY SERVANT shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. [14] As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

The meaning of some of the Hebrew words in this story of Christ’s crucifixion, written some 730 years before it occurred, are as follows.

Astonished = shamem = stunned, stupefied to the point of numbness.

Visage = Mareh = the view presented to the eyes of the outward appearance of the object viewed.

Marred = mischath = disfigured by destructive action.

Form = toar = appearance of the normal outline.

To summarize, the appearance of his bodily outline, after his many whippings and hand beatings, was disfigured to such a degree that the view presented to those who saw him on the cross, stupefied them to numbness.

Why was it necessary for him to go through all of this unbelievable horror and punishment?

Romans 3:23 – For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God;

Isaiah 53:5 – But he was wounded FOR OUR transgressions, he was bruised FOR OUR iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Why was it necessary for him to go through all of this unbelievable horror and punishment?

Romans 3:10 – As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE:

Galatians 3:21,22 – Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for IF there had been a law given which could have given life, verily RIGHTEOUSNESS should have been by THE LAW. [22] But the scripture hath concluded ALL under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Philippians 3:9 – And be found in him, not having mine OWN righteousness, which is OF THE LAW, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God BY FAITH:

Galatians 3:24 –Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified BY FAITH.

Romans 3:21-28 – But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; [22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: [23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; [26] To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [27] Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Galatians 3:16-18 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. [17] And this I say, that THE COVENANT, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, THE LAW, which was four hundred and thirty years AFTER, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. [18] For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Romans 4:3 – For what saith the scripture? Abraham BELIEVED God, and IT was COUNTED UNTO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

So man has two very serious problems, he is sinful and he has no righteousness of his own. He cannot be in the presence of the sinless and righteous God as a sinner, or as an unrighteous person.


Hebrews 9:24-26 – For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: [25] Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; [26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared TO PUT AWAY SIN by the SACRIFICE of HIMSELF.

Romans 4:6-9 – Even as David also describeth the BLESSEDNESS of the man, unto whom God IMPUTETH RIGHTEOUSNESS without works, [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose INIQUITIES (plural) are forgiven, and whose SINS (plural) are covered. [8] BLESSED is the man to whom the Lord WILL NOT IMPUTE SIN.

Hebrews 9:27,28 – And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: [28] SO Christ was ONCE offered TO BEAR THE SINS OF MANY; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time WITHOUT SIN unto salvation.

The ones to whom he will appear are those who believe he put away all their sins, giving them his righteousness! I am among the “MANY” whose sins he bore. When he was on the cross all my sins were future. I am one of the grateful “BLESSED” whose “INIQUITIES” and “SINS” are covered by his blood sacrifice, and to whom he will ONLY impute “RIGHTEOUSNESS.” He will not impute any sin that would place me back under his condemnation from sin, from which I was removed when he passed me from the state of spiritual death into the state of eternal life.