I closed my eyes throughout most of the movie.
Is it over yet?
I kept thinking.
This is too awful!
Why did he have to suffer so much?
Jesus’s death, as portrayed in The Passion of the Christ, had my mind going to uncomfortable places, confronting me with a reality that hurt.
It was only a movie, but what Christ did for me, and for you, was illustrated so vividly, that even from the comfort of the dark theater, it was almost more than I could handle.
Yes, what I saw was a movie: it was something I could turn off or walk away from, but it was also more than that. It was based on truths we can read about in the Bible. The whole truth, if we were actually able to go back in time, to see, to smell, to feel, and to hear what happened that day when Jesus died, was undoubtedly far worse.
God, in his perfect love, chose to become man: to live, to die, and to rise from his grave so that we could be forgiven and reconciled to him.
It really happened.
And sometimes, we need to “go there”. We need to allow ourselves to sit with the sadness of this reality, to soak it in and let it speak to us.
We can’t begin to understand the depth of God’s love for us or to grasp what he saved us from, until we start to appreciate the atonement.
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Each week, we will highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we will pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
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For the purposes of the study, our main texts will be first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.
It is our prayer that by the end of 2017, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)
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