If you’ve never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, please bow your head this minute and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and give YOU that “joy unspeakable”.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, . ” Titus 3:5
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12
” . Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”” Acts ,31
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and unless you save me I am lost forever. I thank you for dying for me at Calvary. I come to you now, Lord the best way I know how, and ask you to save me. I now receive you as my Savior. In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
If you just now prayed that prayer and meant it with all your heart ? according to God’s Words ? YOU ARE SAVED!
Here is an article on MSNBC describing some of the scenes from The Passion . See if you can find these in your Bible:
Mel Gibson is so devoted to Emmerich, his cherished possession is a piece of cloth that was once part of Emmerich’s habit [garment]. Gibson carries the sacred Emmerich cloth in his pocket. During his PrimeTime interview with Diane Sawyer, Mel proudly displayed his miracle cloth for the world to see. I wonder how many pastors and Christians who watched this interview did not even question Mel’s fanatical devotion to Emmerich?
A snake slithers from her robe [Satan> toward the man [Jesus] who, for the first time, has diverted his eyes to this enemy. Suddenly , and without warning his foot comes down, crushing the serpent’s head. (Warren, Lindy. Outreach Magazine )
“Herod was expecting them. He was seated on a pile of cushions, heaped together so as to form a species of throne, in a spacious hall, and surrounded by courtiers and warriors.”
“The procession had reached an arch formed in an old wall belonging to the town, opposite to a square, in which three streets terminated, when Jesus stumbled against a large stone which was placed in the middle of the archway, the cross slipped from his shoulder, he fell upon the stone, and was totally unable to rise.”
The scene of Jesus and Simon of Cyrene is very similar to that written by Emmerich. Simon threatens to stop helping if the soldiers continue in their cruelty, saying that he will do so even if the soldiers kill him. Simon then places Jesus’s arm across his shoulders, supporting him.
“The complexion of our Lord was fair, like that of Mary, and slightly tinted with red; but his exposure to the weather during the last three years had tanned him considerably. His chest was wide, but not hairy like that of St. John Baptist; his shoulders broad, and his arms and thighs sinewy; his knees were strong and hardened, as is usually the case with those who have either walked or knelt much, and his legs long, with very strong muscles; his feet were well formed, and his hands beautiful, the fingers being long and tapering, and although not delicate like those of a woman, still not resembling those of a man who had laboured hard. His neck was rather long, with a well-set and finely proportioned head; his forehead large and high; his face oval; his hair, which was far from thick, was of a golden brown colour, parted in the middle and falling over his shoulders; his beard was not any great length, but pointed and divided under the chin.”
According to one report, Emmerich’s satan-inspired, Dolorous Passion sold less than 3,000 copies in all of 2002. But since Gibson’s Passion, in just one month, it has sold over 17,000 copies!
The “pronouncement from the chair” Gibson is referring to is the pronouncement by the Pope, which to Catholics, is literally the voice of God and infallible. The “chair” has more authority than the Bible.
“Gibson gives the Catholic Church. . . the version they can love. . . This is a literal Passion, with all the major Stations of the Cross covered . It’s as literal as the scene in which a woman gives Him a cloth to wipe His face as He’s creeping through the streets of Jerusalem dripping blood and flesh. The Veil of Veronica is thus created [Station number 6] . No quibbling here about whether this event, which is not in the Bible, ever happened. In Gibson’s film, it’s a fact , as real as the blood on Caviezel’s face.” (Byrnes, Paul. Blood as fact. Sydney Morning Herald. )
” The goal of the movie is to shake modern audiences by brashly juxtaposing the ‘sacrifice of the cross with the sacrifice of the altar [Holy Eucharist] – which is the same thing ,” Mel Gibson, Eternal Word Television Network
5. The Catholic Church worships Mary as the Mother of God. The Catholic Church teaches Mary, not just the Lord Jesus is the mediator between man and God. A very popular Catholic prayer is:
What you watch will greatly influence you. Not only will it greatly influence you, but according to the Lord Jesus it will “fill you full of light” or it will “fill you full of darkness”.
As the Apostle Paul warns the Corinthian Church, I also fear that your minds should be corrupted from the “imaginations” of The Passion .
Before I was saved over 28 years ago, I watched the movie The Ten Commandments. And even until this day, as I read the books of Moses my mind “sees” Moses looking like Charleton Heston. Those “imaginations” will never go way. As I read about my Saviour, I do not want the “images” of Jim Caviezel, the actor who played “Jesus” in The Passion , popping up in my head.
The next verse Peter begins rebuking the Lord, “Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.” Peter loved the Lord. The Lord was not going to be beaten and crucified as long as Peter was around. Peter would have fought with every fiber in his soul to protect the Lord. Remember in John 18, when they came for Jesus in the Garden, it was Peter that pulled out a sword to protect the Lord.
A.W. Tozer in the book, Tozer on Worship and Entertainment , addresses how movies touch our emotions, but can not touch our spirit: