Last night Greg and I had the privilege to see a dramatic presentation of the last few hours of Jesus’ life here on earth. It is always difficult for me to see it played out, with all the betrayal, hypocrisy and cruelty – and I must admit, watching “The Passion Of The Christ” a few years back was a very hard movie to watch.
It forces me to face the bloody slaughter of an innocent man – at the hands of the Roman guards, notorious for their torture and brutality. It forces me to come to grips with the fact that there was nothing about it pleasant, easy, or inviting. I want to run away – put my hands over my ears to stop the chanting and mocking.
Like you, I want to think of pleasant things surrounding Easter weekend, not betrayal, blood, torture and death. I want that cross to somehow be neater, cleaner, more civilized, more cultured, more dignified and easy to watch.
But I realize that it is in that brutality, pain, torture and blood shed – that my freedom was bought – and there was no other way. And I must accept this in faith, as I don’t really understand it.
Why did it have to happen this way? Isn’t God, God? Can’t He just snap His fingers and take sin away? Why the cross? What is the back story that no one knows? Why this complicated process to bring us back into right relationship with God?
I don’t know. I’ve had many explain it – theorize it – surmise from scripture – but it still leaves me wondering about the great mystery of God’s love.
And I am speechless.
The Wonderful Cross.
Our ticket into eternal life.
If we accept it – just as it is – the mystery, the blood, the gore, the torture, the betrayal, the mocking, the shame, the agony – all of it.
And though I do not understand it – I accept it by faith. And am eternally grateful.
The song below was playing the morning after I first saw “The Passion Of The Christ” in the theater. I will never forget how it made me stop in my tracks and reflect – and I knew I would never again look at the crucifixion of Christ in the same way again.
May you too, discover the mystery and wonder of God’s great love this Easter.
- Glimpses of the Cross (barrysullivan.wordpress.com)
- Celebrating Easter (crazybananalama.wordpress.com)
- WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE CHRIST – part 2 (verticalviewer.wordpress.com)
- The Real Passion of the Christ (str.typepad.com)