Thanks to Hollywood and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ”, movie buffs can now witness an interpretation of the last 12 hours of Jesus among us. This violent portrayal of the gospels found in the New Testament is gory, bloody and labeled as anti-Semitic. But it works!
The Passion brings people closer to God, if anything, and raises questions among us. Media coverage alone would suffice after all, it’s been talked about in newspapers, on the radio and all over television.
In Hollywood, they say any publicity is good publicity. In this case, I have to agree. It doesn’t really matter the reason why people go see the movie, what is important is that God is brought back in the forefront in a time where gay marriage, terrorism and blasphemy have taken over the media and consequently, most people’s lives.
Back in the days when Jesus was preaching, the bible says believers would walk a hundred miles to be blessed, some would even climb up buildings pulling-up cripples so they could be healed by Christ! His power then is our gift today.
It doesn’t matter how you bring people to Christ as long as it is respectful. A 30 million dollar Hollywood production is one way to serve God’s purpose, let’s hope Mel’s investment reaches beyond commerce success.
I invite you to look around you and find someone that needs a relationship with God. Do what you have to and bring them closer to God. Invite them to see this movie or to attend a service at church. Give them a bible and a short list of controversial verses to read, but DO SOMETHING!
A good verse to share with seekers describes the great penalty that comes from denying Christ. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)
Another provoking verse to share with seekers can be found in the book of Revelation. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)
It is your responsibility as a servant of God to preach, to minister. If you only bring one person closer to God, you will have fulfilled at least one of your life’s purposes. I hope you will consider reaching out to others in need and never quit spreading the word that God is good and that He wants to be a part of all our lives.
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
And for your strength, your wisdom and your forgiveness,
We ask you will continue to look after us
Our families, our friends and those in need.
Lord we ask that you inspire us to reach out
To those around us not yet rejoicing with you,
And pray that you will lead them to your Kingdom
Where we all belong.
Father we ask you to help us be more like you
Living according to your word and your ways,
Knowing it is our mission, our destiny.
God we thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre