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"The Passion of the Christ"

Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" movie has created more interest in the final hours of the life of Christ than has been seen in a long time. And as Ellen White might say, that isn't a bad thing at all:

It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour each day reviewing the life of Christ from the manger to Calvary. We should take it point by point and let the imagination vividly grasp each scene, especially the closing ones of His earthly life.—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p. 374.

What might meditating upon the passion of Christ on a daily basis do for us? Quite a bit. Mel Gibson feels that the Gospel accounts of Christ's sufferings helped him at a low point in his life, and the following comments by Ellen White explain why this is so:

By thus contemplating His teachings and sufferings, and the infinite sacrifice made by Him for the redemption of the race, we may strengthen our faith, quicken our love, and become more deeply imbued with the spirit which sustained our Saviour.—Ibid.

Allowing the passion of Jesus Christ to transform us in this way: Is it all that important?

If we would be saved at last we must all learn the lesson of penitence and faith at the foot of the cross.—Ibid.

Why did Christ suffer so?

If we would be saved at last we must all learn the lesson of penitence and faith at the foot of the cross. Christ suffered humiliation to save us from everlasting disgrace. He consented to have scorn, mockery, and abuse fall upon Him in order to shield us. It was our transgression that gathered the veil of darkness about His divine soul and extorted the cry from Him, as of one smitten and forsaken of God. He bore our sorrows; He was put to grief for our sins. He made Himself an offering for sin, that we might be justified before God through Him. Everything noble and generous in man will respond to the contemplation of Christ upon the cross.—Ibid.

Ellen White wrote extensively upon the life of Christ, and upon His passion. Her classic work on the life of Christ was The Desire of Ages, which has been translated into more than 60 languages. A perfect companion to Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," get your copy of Desire of Ages today.

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