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7 Great Quotes From The Passion Of The Christ Movie

Apr 11, 2016

Here are seven great quotes from the movie, The Passion of the Christ.

Matthew 27:4 “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”

This was just after “Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders” (Matt 27:3) because when Judas had betrayed Jesus, Who was totally innocent but the Jews refused to take it back. What was done was done and even the Jewish leaders and Judas’ betrayer evil actions was turned into good because God uses evil for His purposes (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28) and even thought they meant it for evil, God brought about much good for many (John 3:16). 

Matthew 27:24 “So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.”

Just as Judas had said Pilate also says that Jesus was innocent and so he washed his hands of it, however the blood stained hands of Pilate, just as those of the Jews, could not be cleansed of their guilt for betraying the sinless Son of God.   Every pair of hands that reject Jesus as Savior also have their hands blood stained but for those who trust in Him, His blood doesn’t actually stain our hands but washes away all of our stains and makes us as having the same righteousness as that of Jesus (2nd Cor 5:21).

Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

In the Beatitudes, Jesus contrasts what we are to do as opposed to the way that the world lives.  Can you imagine any of the Pharisees or Sadducees dying for their enemies?  Jesus point is that “if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same’ (Matt 5:46) or in other words, if we love those who love us, so what!?  The world does the very same thing. We are to go beyond what the world does and even love our enemies, but more than that, pray for those who are our persecutors.  This is the godly, agape love that is willing to die for an enemy (Rom 5:10).

John 19:26-26 “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!  Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

Even while Jesus hung on the cross in utter agony, He still thought about His mother and looked to the Apostle John and told him, “Behold your mother!” but more importantly, I think Jesus is showing the relationship of His mother has changed.  He is her Son, yes, but that He is also her Redeemer, Savior, and Lord.  At this point, Jesus became Mary’s Savior too and superseded the mother-son relationship to become the Savior and the saved (that would be us too).

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

We might think that Jesus’s life was taken by men but the truth is that He voluntarily laid down His life so that we might have eternal life but there are other sheep that haven’t yet been born (us) that He has also laid down His life for as it says in John 10:16-18 “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd” and so it is “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

John 19:30 “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

This quote of Jesus closely resembles John 10:11 because it shows that Jesus “gave up His spirit” and not that His life was taken by others.   Jesus could have called down a legion of angels to fight for Him but He knew that His purpose was to die to redeem those who placed their faith in Him.  This also proves, beyond any doubt, that God can use evil for good (Gen 50:20) and there has never been and there will never be any more evil used for good than at the cross (John 3:16) because His life became a ransom for many.  What about you?  Have you trusted in the Savior for your eternal destiny?

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Since every one of us, just like “sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6a) so “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6b).  Don’t think that we, as lost sheep, found our own way because sheep are one of the dumbest of all animals. No, the Great Shepherd sought out the lost sheep, even willing to leave the 99 behind, to find the one that was lost.  That was me and if you’re saved, that was you.  Sheep don’t come home by themselves because they get lost so easily.  They need to hear the Good Shepherd’s voice because sheep always recognize their shepherd’s voice.

Conclusion

Some of the best quotes from Mel Gibson’s “The Passion if the Christ” are direct quotes found in the Bible because Jesus is the Word (John 1:1, 14) and every Word of God is great.  If you have never seen this movie, I highly recommend it, but it is for mature audiences only because it is very graphic in nature, however it is one of the most accurate depictions of the Passion of Christ that has ever been made.  I don’t know of any Christian who can watch this and not fall on their face, cry out to God, and shed tears of love for how much He was willing to endure for those who didn’t deserve it.

Article by Pastor Jack Wellman

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