by Jeff Strite

The Broken Heart
Jeff Strite
John 19:31-37

OPEN: A few months after "The Passion" by Mel Gibson was released I received this e-mail:

In 2003, Mel Gibson released a film called The Passion which dramatically and bloodily captured much of the trial and crucifixion of Christ. Because of it's graphicness, it was rated "R".
The "R", of course, is because of the violence, the gore. In movie terms R stands for restricted, but in this movie ˆ R also stands for RELEVANT and REALISTIC, for it REALLY
It happened because we were REBELLIOUS, we needed a REDEEMER, we needed to be RECONCILED, we needed to be RECOVERED, we needed to be REGENERATED.
Jesus needed to be REJECTED so that we could have a RELATIONSHIP not just a RELIGION.
The R rating is to REMIND us to REMEMBER what Jesus did to REMOVE our sin to RENDER Satan powerless, and to RESCUE us from eternity in hell.
The R rating is to show that Jesus was RESPONSIBLE for giving you REST. As a RESULT of his death Jesus RETIRED your debt.
The R rating means that some will be REPULSED, some will REFUSE to believe, some will be RELUCTANT, some will think you are RIDICULOUS in believing that death was REQUIRED.
The R rating means that the RESULT of sin has been REVERSED and now through faith in Christ your REWARD is eternity and you are now RIGHTEOUS before God because you have RECEIVED him as the RULER of your soul.
What a REVOLUTIONARY and RADICAL solution to REDEEM mankind!
Yes, it is R Rated!

APPLY: Just this year, the Passion was re-released as a "PG-13" movie. What changed? Well, I've been told that about 6 minutes were cut. They removed scenes that had shown excessive blood and one scene where the nails were being driven through His hands.
So, in short, what made the Passion an "R" rated movie was the blood.

By that standard… the Bible itself is an "R" rated book. Blood is practically everywhere.
In fact, Hebrews 9:18-22 tells us that "The first covenant was not put into effect without blood ...

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