First, He breaks the unleavened bread, distributes it to the disciples, and says, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me. Returning from the flashback, Jesus is finally nailed completely to the cross, which is raised and planted in a hole in the ground. Gibson continues with the Passover flashback.
Jesus takes the fourth cup of the Passover meal the cup of redemption and declares, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. As the scene returns from the flashback to the cross, the criminal on the right traditionally known as Gesmas says in a mocking manner, "Are You not the Christ?
Save Yourself and us! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross! Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe! And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.
A crow appears over the criminal who mocks Jesus and begins to peck at him. This scene is not in the Bible, but was probably added as a way of showing God's displeasure with the criminal's words. In addition, a medical article has noted that it was common for birds to pick at victims on a cross.
A scene looking down from the cross shows the soldiers gambling below. The movie doesn't explain what was happening, but the gospels do. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, his outer garments and tunic were removed. The soldiers had divided His outer garments into four parts one for each soldier.
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At this point, the sky becomes very dark for the last three hours of the crucifixion. Nearing death, Jesus cries out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? When atonement is accomplished, Jesus says, "It is finished. Then dying, His last words are, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
Creation itself responds to the death of Jesus with an earthquake. The Roman soldiers, terrified by the earthquake, take large wooden clubs and break the legs of the two criminals. Death by crucifixion occurred through exhaustion asphyxia - the victim eventually suffocated. The position of the body on the cross left the chest muscles used for breathing in a permanent inhalation position. In order to exhale, the victim would have to actively push his body up against the nails holding his feet to the cross. By breaking the victims legs, the only way he could breathe was by using his arm and shoulder muscles to pull against the nails in his hands to lift his body.
This maneuver was extremely painful and tiring, so that the victim died relatively quickly. Since Jesus is already dead, there is no need to break His legs to hasten death. In another scene not in the Bible, Satan is seen having a major temper tantrum. He thinks he has thwarted God's plans by killing the Messiah.
However, it was prophesied that the Messiah must die for the sins of mankind. The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross and Mary mourns over her son. Maia Morgenstern, the Jewish actress who plays Mary in the film suggested that in the Middle East, as an act of expressing great grief, the women grab handfuls of dirt and rocks and toss them over their backs.
Gibson decided to modify that gesture the way it was filmed because it would have been too distracting to have Mary throw the dirt and rocks over her shoulders and onto the people behind her. All the Roman soldiers flee in terror except one.
The centurion traditionally known as Cassius , in watching the events at the cross realizes the significance of what has happened. In the gospels, he says, "Truly this man was the Son of God! The scene changes to a dark tomb.
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We see and hear a large stone being rolled away from the opening as light floods in. On a flat stone, the grave coverings that Jesus is wrapped in are seen deflating as the body is no longer bound. Jesus is seen standing, and we see the scar in His hand as He leaves the tomb, as prophesied by King David in the Psalms. Depending upon one's beliefs, Jesus is either God, who became human, or just a Jewish teacher from the first century. The Bible says Jesus is the eternal God, who took the form of a man to redeem mankind from their sin.
Jesus is the one who tells Pontius Pilate that His "kingdom is not of this world," 39 who can heal injuries at will, 11 and rise from the dead. Jesus' purpose in coming to earth was to provide a means by which we could spend eternity with Him. Jesus said, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Satan seems to be a popular character and plays an even larger role in The Passion of the Christ than in the pages of the gospels. Why is Satan popping up regularly in the movie? The Bible says Satan "prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. That is probably the reason Mel Gibson puts Satan throughout the movie. Who is Satan and why does he hate Jesus? Satan was created by God as a cherub, the most powerful angelic being. In the movie, Satan is portrayed by a woman, although she looks somewhat masculinized, with no eyebrows.
The voice in the garden of Gethsemane is distinctly male. Angels, including Satan, don't have any sexual characteristics in their heavenly state which Jesus told us through His teaching However, when they come to earth, they can take on human form. In the Bible, all angels who take on human form are males. All biblical references address Satan by the personal pronoun "he. According to Mel Gibson, "I believe the Devil is real, but I don't believe he shows up too often with horns and smoke and a forked tail.
The devil is smarter than that.
Evil is alluring, attractive. It looks almost normal, almost good, but not quite. That's what I tried to do with the Devil in the film. The actor's face is symmetric, beautiful in a certain sense, but not completely. Part of the reason for a feminized version of Satan might have been as a counter to Mary, since there were some scenes where Satan was holding a baby, who in real life, was doing Satan's bidding.
So we had Mary with Jesus as opposed to Satan with an evil "baby. What is more tender and beautiful than a mother and a child?
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So the Devil takes that and distorts it just a little bit. Instead of a normal mother and child you have an androgynous figure holding a year-old 'baby' with hair on his back. Pride caused Satan to fall, "your heart was lifted up because of your beauty" as he wanted to receive the worship due to God alone. He wants people to worship him and follow his evil ways. He does this through lies and deception. Ultimately, he will be thrown into the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
Mary was a normal Jewish girl growing up in Nazareth, Israel. Soon after being betrothed a one year "engagement" to a man named Joseph, she was greeted as the "favored one" by the angel Gabriel. Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to the Son of God, who would reign on the throne of David.
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May it be to me as you have said. Mary's faith and godliness can be seen in her praise of God in talking to her relative Elizabeth, who was to give birth to John the Baptist. And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is His name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. Mary remained a virgin until after the birth of Jesus, then gave birth to and raised at least four sons and an unspecified number of daughters. Peter is famous in The Passion as the one who denied Jesus three times during his trial. Peter, originally named Simon, was a fisherman by trade. He was the one who reacted to Jesus' arrest by trying to kill the soldiers with a sword. Peter got out of the boat and started walking toward Him until he realized what he had done, lost faith and began to sink.
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Page Links. Evidence for God from Science: Christian Apologetics. Disclaimer If you have not seen the movie and don't want it to be "spoiled," you should read the review and see the movie first. Snake in the garden Judas Ugly baby in Satan's arms Mary and Mary Magdalene wiping up the blood Woman giving Jesus water Crow pecking the unrepentant thief Breaking the legs of the other victims Mary dropping the dirt Movie Scenes in order of appearance The prophecy But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah Before we see any actors, the movie opens with the prophecy of Isaiah, written years before the actual events took place. Garden of Gethsemane The movie begins in the garden of Gethsemane as Jesus seems to be talking to Himself.
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