Understanding the Passion of the Christ
by Johnny Hunt
Isaiah 53 has been referred to as the gospel of the Old Testament evangelist. Another said it was the Mt. Everest of Old Testament prophecy or the gospel in its essence. It looks as if it was written below the Cross. After watching The Passion of the Christ I believe many will say we will never look at Easter the same. In a review of the film, movie critic Roger Ebert said, ‘‘It is a film about an...
The Passion of the Christ: The Rest of the Story
by James Merritt
The number one question asked in this country for the last six weeks is - ‘‘Have you seen ‘The Passion’?’’ If the answer is ‘‘No’’ the next question is ‘‘Are you going to see it?’’ If the answer is ‘‘Yes’’ the next question is - ‘‘What did you think about it?’’ There is no question that Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, is as the Spanish put it, en fuego - it is on fire! In Hollywood parlance it is a...
Why the Passion over the Passion? (4 of 7)
by Roger Thomas
Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ has created quite a sensation. Some of it is good. Some of the discussion may leave us wondering what the fuss is all about. Today I want to explore this passion over The Passion. In the first week of its release The Passion took in over $150 million. Its first day’s take of $23.5 million put it in the top tier of all time movie openings. It joins the...
From the Passion to Pentecost
by Doug Tegner
Happy Pentecost Sunday! Did you get your Pentecost Card from Hallmark? One of the great days in the life of the Church worldwide. A lot of confusion on the meaning of Pentecost. Many fear talking about Pentecost or have erroneous assumptions. Why is this day so significant in the life of the Church? The Spirit of God came to indwell all believers on this…
Despised Deliver (1 of 4)
by Stephen Whitney
This title ‘‘servant of the Lord’’ is used of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses (17x), Joshua, David and many of the OT prophets. This title was used of individuals who carried out the will of the Lord by being totally submissive to their divine master. The background of this title comes from Exodus 21:1-6. If an Israelite fell into debt he could work as a servant to pay it off. However, after six years he would be released. Some people actually chose not to...
The Rejection of Jesus (1 of 4)
by Jonathan McLeod
This week I caught a few minutes of Oprah’s Favorite Things episode. You have probably seen one of these episodes. Oprah reveals all of her favorite things and gives them for free to ecstatic audience members. Obviously, these are very nice things and it’s always nice to get free stuff, but isn’t it true that these things can only bring temporary joy? As I watched the excitement of the studio audience, I thought of the indifference many people show toward the message of Jesus Christ...
Glimpses of the Cross: Crucifixion
by Rex Yancey
Psalm 22 is one of the great messianic psalms. Those who deny the inspiration of the Bible or the deity of Christ try hard to rob this psalm of its prophetic character. Some say it is only an expression of some kind of suffering that David experienced. But we have no record that David ever endured this kind of rejection, scorn, and violence. David was the author
The Suffering Servant (10 of 12)
by Jerry Vines
We briefly talked about the matter of these servant songs last Wednesday night in our study and pointed out the fact that ultimately all of these servant songs find their fulfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ. That's certainly the way the New Testament views it. There are many New Testament passages which refer these servant...
The Crucifixion of Jesus
by Zach Terry
The Roman Cross was a despised object in the day of our Lord - but today it has become the logo of the Christian faith and our object of greatest joy. No other device of death and torture has ever been devised to surpass the agony of Roman crucifixion. I must warn you that what you are about to hear is grotesque. In my preparation for this sermon I literally got sick at my stomach as tears filled my eyes Yet my words cannot do it justice.The cross was...
The Brutality of the Crucifixion (3 of 4)
by Jerry Vines
We are in a series of messages on the passion. This morning I speak on the brutality of the crucifixion. Luke 23:33 says, ‘‘And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him and the malefactors (thieves), one on the right hand and the other on the left.’’ In Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, the crucifixion is portrayed so graphically and so...