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That Bloody Film

In the latter part of last February, Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ was released on nearly 3000 theater screens across America. Response--both negative and positive--was overwhelming. Many of the critics called it a “bloody” film.

Indeed it was. Which, to a believer in Christ and one who accepts that the Bible is literally true, was a blessing. The Passover promise of God has never been rescinded, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

The New Testament book of Hebrews emphasizes this truth and reads: “In fact, we can say that according to the Law of Moses, nearly everything was purified by sprinkling with blood. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Peter picks up the same theme: “Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps. He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!” I like the King James Version better that reads, “By whose stripes ye were healed.”

Blood, the very element the critics decry in Gibson’s film, is the cleansing agent God uses to cleanse us from every stain of sin. We still sing songs such as “There’s Power in the Blood” and Jesus’ blood washes us “Whiter Than Snow.”

Take the blood of Christ out of our dogma and we are little more than a civic organization. “There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from (Jesus’) veins; and sinner washed beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.” Christ’s blood is the very heart of the Gospel.

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