Last Twelve Hours
on the movie: The Passion of the Christ
went to see the movie, The Passion of The Christ. Since then,
people have asked what I thought of it.
a movie that is entertaining. It is not a film young children should
arenít going to go to this movie and sip on a soft drink and nibble popcorn.
it would be tough to watch and I thought I had some idea about how
be presented but still I wasn't really prepared for what I saw.
had read beforehand that this film was very graphic because it was
the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus. Those twelve hours
of the violence and the brutality that He suffered.
by far, the most intense movie I have ever watched. I was glued
screen even though it was terribly difficult to watch. There were
I wanted to hide my face at the cruelty and violence done to Jesus,
I was compelled to watch because I was familiar with the account
crucifixion and I knew there would be victory in the end.
what made it all the more difficult to view is that there was no
to relax even for a moment. I felt like I was half holding
throughout the movie. There was no time to take my mind off
because it was so intense. The only thing even close to a break from it
a few flashbacks of Jesus' earlier life and those were very short moments.
the crucifixion was terrible but this film makes you see plainly the
the scourging, and the anguish that Jesus experienced. I had
and read about the crucifixion many times but I had never
it depicted so explicitly.
was vividly portrayed throughout this movie. Evil was shown in the
of Satan as well as in his influence and presence lurking
around the crowds.
person today probably does not think of evil in the way it was
in this film, however, we have seen it in the atrocities committed in
world both past and present. Evil was also evident within those who beat
scourged Jesus so viciously...and laughed as they did it.
liked the scene in the film where Jesus was praying in the
at the very beginning of the movie. Satan tried to tempt Jesus
from accomplishing Godís plan but as the garden scene ended,
stepped on the serpent's head as he turned from the temptation.
remembered the scripture in Genesis where God said to
serpent, ďHe will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
action revealed that prophecy was about to unfold. That particular
was very meaningful to me because Jesus did not yield to Satan
it gave me a sense early in the film of the fact that Jesus would triumph.
scene that I particularly liked was a flashback to Jesus falling
as a child the way small children sometimes do. It is a scene that
taken place although it is not recorded in the Bible. Mary rushed
Jesus, and took Him in her arms to comfort him, saying, "I'm here!Ē
the scene switches to Jesus carrying the cross and when he
Mary rushes to him and says, "I'm here!Ē.
the end of the movie there was just a few seconds of complete silence
account between the crucifixion and the resurrection. You could not
a breath taken in the movie theatre. It was completely silent in the
that was filled to capacity.
the movie was over, I found myself just sitting there after
left. Iím not sure why but I know it was partly because I didn't
to go outside the room and have to talk to anyone. It was as if I just
some time to be still and think about what I had just seen.
about many of the things I had read and heard about The Passion of
Christ. I thought about who it was that killed Jesus. Some would say it
the Romans while others would blame it on a race of people or certain
leaders. Some said the film was anti-Semitic. Personally, I didnít see
could be possible when Jesus himself was Jewish. The movie very well
the fact that no one was able to take His life from Him. He gave
all of us. At any moment, He could have called ten thousand angels
Himself free but He didnít.
all the way to the cross for a purpose. Jesus expressed it
the cross when He said, ďIt is finished!Ē It was Godís plan
and the only hope
mankind. As He hung on the cross, He said, ďFather, forgive them
for they know
what they do.Ē His own words tell us who He was thinking of when
on the cross. All He did was love the world and, in return, the world crucified
so the blame would not be on a certain race, city or
else, but it would be upon all of us.
are those who bash the film, and they are entitled to their opinion.
we need to be careful that we donít berate something as a way of
ourselves from having to deal with our own relationship to God.
this is a film that you canít walk away from without it
an impact in your life.
was more explicit and graphic than perhaps some would ever
or want a film to be. Yet, perhaps we needed The Passion of The Christ
world today to shake us out of our complacency. It makes us comprehend
fully just what it was that actually took place in those last twelve hours.
Pamela R. Blaine