I am about to make a confession that may offend some of you. I am sorry if it does. I was not a fan of the movie, The Passion of the Christ. I may watch it again since I am in a difference place in my life than when it first came out. Many times a movie will hit me totally differently during different seasons. Frankly, the movie bothered me because I did not leave bawling my eyes out like others as they left the theatre. It made me wonder if I had a heart of stone.
I’ve since discovered that I do not, in fact, have a heart of stone. I am moved by all that Jesus suffered and did for me. But, I look at it from the risen side of the cross, so I see it from the hope side and not the suffering side, which is all I could see in that movie at the time. Yes, I did enjoy some parts of the movie. I liked the scene where He was building the table with legs. It made me laugh.
I loved the last scene of the movie. That scene is what inspired my thoughts of thankfulness today.
He didn’t stay on that cross. The suffering He went thru wasn’t all for nothing. It wasn’t the end.
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”