I don't usually post videos on my blog.
That's because I am rarely at a loss for words.
Today, I confess that I am. I have written and rewritten a post at least three times. But none of them did this any justice. None of them portrayed what I wanted to share.
If you have found your way to my blog today, I am going to let Scripture and this dramatic Hollywood interpretation of it speak for itself. Of all the blogs I have written to date and all of those I will write in years to come, none will ever say anything more meaningful and life changing than this. In fact, they can all come back to this one post because THIS is the reason I write. If not for this moment, this man, I would have no life to share with the world and most certainly nothing worth sharing.
This moment changed history and this moment defines me. It is the center of my life, my heartbeat, my purpose. Every crazy risk I take, every word I ever speak, every breath that I take, it is for the soul purpose of making Jesus Christ known and helping others experience His life changing truth and grace and love.
It isn't easy to watch. It's rather graphic.
But this is love in the deepest, truest, purest sense of the word. In fact, this moment in history defines love. This is the greatest love story I will ever know and one that I am compelled to share...
(clip taken from The Passion of the Christ)
"But it was our sins that did that to him,
And if all of that wasn't enough...after all of the pain and humiliation and the very loss of His life for our sakes, He came out of that grave alive and well and showed us once and for all that He is exactly who He claims to be and that absolutely every promise He makes can be counted upon. He set Himself apart from every other god there ever has been or ever will be.
"Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!"
"Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving . We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did."