As Christ's Passion Becomes Ours

By Francis Frangipane
    
What is it about The Passion of the Christ that stirs people so deeply?  After all, it is just a movie, isn't it?  Yet, Mel Gibson's portrait of Christ and His sufferings, for many, has awakened emotions people never knew they had; it resurrects longings many thought were dead.

The power of this movie is that it speaks to the very DNA of our spiritual identity as Christians. It does not matter whether we are Lutherans or Catholics, Baptists or Pentecostals, something fundamental about ourselves is being unearthed from antiquity and restored to our souls.

Let me explain.

"Thy Face, Oh Lord, I Shall Seek"

By Francis Frangipane

There are some things in life that cannot be attained cheaply or superficially.  Scores of scriptures call us to something much more consuming and fulfilling than just having a religion about Jesus Christ.  Yet, the challenge is to focus and centralize our efforts to appropriate what Jesus came to give.

He warns, "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matt 24:37-39).

The biggest battle we each might fight is to stay focused on God long enough to learn how to abide in His presence.   Before we can redeem the world, we must redeem our time.  And we would think that with all the time saving conveniences we have in life, that this would be easy, but it is not.