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The Purpose of the Passion (7 of 16)
We continue our series on the book of Philippians on Sunday evenings. And tonight, we come to one of the greatest passages in all of the Bible. *I heard a preacher say one time, ''the mediocre preachers should preach the great texts of the Bible, because the great texts of the Bible preach themselves.'' Well, that's what I'm doing tonight.*
This is one of the four major passages in the New Testament that is considered a foundational text for Christology (the theology of Jesus Christ.) The other three are, John 1, Colossians 1 and Hebrews 1.
*Do you remember all the frenzy surrounding the movie, The Passion of the Christ? In one of the largest cultural phenomena I have ever seen, The Passion of the Christ reached blockbuster status. As I rode by the movie theaters and I saw people lined up to see The Passion; looked at the newspaper and you would see articles discussing the controversy over this movie; look at the magazines in the grocery line and you would see the picture of Jesus Christ…there's Christ on this cover…there's Christ on this cover…there's…oh, that's Mel Gibson.
It seems that at the very least, this movie brought the story of Christ into the forefront of our minds and opened up discussion about who Christ was and what He offered. At that time, Rabbi Daniel Lapin said, ''Passion will become famous as the most serious and substantive Biblical movie ever made. It will be one of the most talked-about entertainment events in history…the faith of millions of Christians will become more fervent as Passion uplifts and inspires them. Passion will propel vast numbers of unreligious Americans to embrace Christianity. The movie will one day be seen as a harbinger of America's third great religious reawakening.''*
This evening, I want to talk about the Purpose of the Passion. You've heard the story, maybe even seen the movie…but have you really thought to yo ...
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