Saturday, March 06, 2004

The Passion

was very good. Not perfect, but very, very good. Let me point out a few things I particularly liked:

1) The lines from the Seder meal at the beginning of the movie, when one Mary says to the other "What makes this night different from every other night?" "Because once we were slaves, but now we are free." The movie points out the fulfillment of the Passover in the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Christ.

2) Judas makes the deal with the chief priests and receives his payment. The sack of silver coins flies through the air, and Judas attempts to catch it, but can't. The coins fall out of his hands and scatter on the floor. All sin is a choice for some lesser good rather than the greater good of the love of God. We choose sex or money or the cheap vengeance of a harsh word rather than loving as Christ loved us. But all of these lesser goods are fleeting, and cannot endure. They are like the silver coins which spill out of Judas' hands.

3) The line where Jesus tells Mary "Behold, I make all things new" is inspired.

Of course, one of the most disturbing things about the movie is that Jim Caviezel bears a striking resemblance to my pastor. Come visit some time and see for yourself!

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