by Jerry Vines

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The Passion of the Christ
Jerry Vines
I Peter 2:24

Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, has to be one of the most amazing turn of events I have ever witnessed in my ministry. As result of the production and the showing of this movie, at this current time, the name of Jesus Christ is on the lips of people all over the world. The movie has also been a source of controversy. We do know that Hollywood gave it an R rating because of what they viewed to be excessive violence. It's rather ironic to me that you have some folks in Hollywood who are concerned about violence. These are the people who produced movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lamb, and The Shining. Yet, the truth of the matter is when you really understand what Jesus Christ suffered (that's what the word passion means), it was indeed R rated when it happened.

The movie has had some unusual affects on people who watched it. I read this morning about one man who went to see the movie, and after it was over he went to the authorities and confessed a murder he had committed some years ago. I hate to tell you about this one since I'm a native Georgian, but there was a couple in Statesboro, Georgia. They went to see the movie and on the way out they got in an argument about the Trinity. They went home and had a full-fledged fight, and they had to call the authorities who arrested them and put them in jail. They are now released on a thousand dollar bail. The men in the Sheriff's department say it's a pity that they have missed the whole point of the movie.

It has had an impact on people coming to know Christ as their Savior. We thank God and praise God for that. It has caused some people to do what I have encouraged you to do. One young lady who had received the Lord Jesus as her Savior and had not been baptized said, "If He did all of that for me, the least I can do is be baptized for Him."

Maybe the major impact it has had ...

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