Mel Gibson’s movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’, was a controversy at the time. In every newspaper. On the cover of Newsweek and Time. Talked about in television shows. Very few movies get, the amount of attention, as ‘The Passion of the Christ’ received at the time.
When Mel talks, about the passion of Christ, he’s using the old English word “passion”, which literally means “suffering.” Specifically, technically, the passion of Christ, refers to the last twelve hours of Jesus’s life.
That drama plays out in three acts. In the trial, in the death, and in the resurrection of Jesus. In those three events we learn about God’s purpose (I’m sending my Son for you), God’s passion (the vastness of God’s love for us) and God’s power (available for us as we live our lives today).
Paul, writing to the Philippian church says - “Christ was truly God. But … He gave up everything, and became a slave, when he became like one of us. He even died on a cross. Then God gave Him the highest place, and honoured His name, above all others. So, that at the name of Jesus, everyone will bow down – those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.”