Bravo, Mel, for movie |

Bravo, Mel, for movie

Intense! Searing! Profound. Poetic. “The Passion of the Christ” certainly slams the message of “cheap grace” that so many want to peddle these days. Likewise, the human-powered legalistic approach to religion falls away like dust.

Jesus died. No other has shed his (or her) blood for me. True redemption isn’t based on platitudes or rules. Rather, it flows from perfect love and sacrifice on Jesus’ part to redeem me. He stood in my stead and bore the lash and pain of punishment for something He did not commit … for something I did commit … that I might be spared.

Bravo, Mel, for taking the step to make the crucifixion and surrounding events such a vivid experience. Never again will I lightly read Mark 15:15 “… after having Jesus scourged, [Pilate] delivered Him over to be crucified.” Each lash of the whip and pound of the nail represent my sin, which He willingly and lovingly bore.

I pray many accept His free (though not cheap) gift of salvation and live daily in a manner that honors His love and reflects His hope and shares His gift freely to all.

Deborah Unruh

Grass Valley

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