Son of God

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Last night, Collin and I went with our dad to see the new movie “Son of God.” It was great. Even better (some of you might disagree) was the fact that I knew how it was going to turn out! Yet, even though I knew what was going to happen, watching the crucifixion wasn’t any easier.

One if my favorite parts about it was that it helped me visualize everything, and being able to watch and hear what was happening during His life. What the cities looked like. What people wore. The blindness of the “religious authorities.” How violent the Romans could be.

What people take away from this will (I assume) mostly vary depending on the person and what God wants them to learn. My favorite part of the movie was the scene as Jesus was dying on the cross. I’ve read this a hundred times in the Bible(ok- maybe not a hundred, but I’ve read it a lot). I’m sitting there watching the buildup to the cross and all of the hatred (and love) people had for Him. Then He was betrayed by one of His disciples. And then, the same people who had laid down palm branches as He rode into Jerusalem are now shouting, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him.” After all He had done for them. Even Pilate said that Jesus had done nothing to deserve death. Yet, He was beaten severely. And then He was killed by the most brutal means of execution known back then.

And Jesus is hanging on the cross covered in blood. Blood from the crown of thorns, blood from being beaten, blood from the lashing, and blood from the nails driven through His body.

And He says, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” After all we did, He’s interceding for us and asking that we be forgiven. That gave me chills.

That’s the great love of Christ. Unfathomable. It has no height or depth. It has been poured out for us literally, and all we have to do is accept it.

I highly recommend that you see this movie. And while you are watching it, praise God for His great and indescribable gift.

In Christ,

Christopher

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