We saw the much talked about movie, The Passion of the Christ, last night.
Not sure how to start this off with anything other than wow! At some point during the movie, I forgot that there were subtitles and forgot that the people in the film were just actors. I found that I couldn't tell myself "It's just a movie.." I am the kind of person that has to remind myself that scenes I see are fictional when I become emotionally affected in movies, but I could NOT in this case. It was too real and based on historical facts. These things really did HAPPEN.
I thought I was going to come away from the movie feeling enlightened and have warm-fuzzies. That's not the purpose of this movie by any means. Instead, I felt burdened and guilty. I have heard the story many many times over the course of my lifetime but had not idea of the immense beatings that took place. I guess I was used to the "Sunday School" version that was much cleaner and just got to the point without all the gory details. The violence was so intense I had to turn away. The scenes of Mary looking on had me crying so hard I was snubbing out loud!
I really felt closer to Jesus as a person after the film though. I hope I am not ruining it for anyone by mentioning some of these clips here but the childhood scenes and flashbacks of humor between him and his mother really made me realize he was a real person actually living in this world walking the earth. The whole crucifixion then became all too real to me after I had then become close to his character in that way.
I hope you haven't come here for a summary of the movie or any answers. I wouldn't know where to begin to do it justice.
I can only say how lucky we are...