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Passion Of The Christ Essay

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The Passion of the ChristJoseph Maczko02-27-2008"The Passion of the Christ" is one of the most graphic movies ever made about Jesus, but how does it hold up against Scripture? Does the movie take liberties in adding things to what we have in the Scriptures?"The Passion of the Christ" begins in the garden of Gethsemane were Jesus is praying. He stops and goes to where he left the disciples to pray. He finds them sleeping, wakes them and asks them why they could not stay awake. (Oxford University Press, Inc. 1977, pgs. 1208, 1235, 1280) When Jesus returns to where he had been praying Satan appears in the surroundings. Of the four Gospels only one has a guest to Jesus in the garden and that is in Luke 22:43, "and there appeared to him an angel from heaven strengthening him." (Oxford University Press p. 1280) The scene is further exaggerated when a serpent comes out from under Satan and crawls over to Jesus. Jesus then stands and crushes the head of the serpent linking this scene back to Genesis 3:15 (Oxford University Press, p. 5) It is only moments later that Judas and the guards arrive in the garden.In the middle of the first scene, there is a cut away to Judas negotiating his pay for betraying Jesus. We have no idea how the exchange between Judas and the chief priests actually played out, but by having one of the chief priests toss a sack of coins to Judas and then having him fail to catch it made for more dramatic scene.A crowd came with Judas and the guards to seize Jesus. The description in the movie is more like what is recorded in the Gospel of John, where "Judas, procuring a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there." (Oxford University Press, p. 1313) All that is recorded in the Gospels is that one of the disciples reached out as Jesus was arrested and cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest. In the movie, it is the ear of a guard that is cut off during the fight. The movie and the Scriptures do agree that Jesus did reattach man's earThe Scriptures go from Jesus being arrested to being in front of the Sanhedrin. The movie creatively fills in the time between these two events. First, as Jesus is being led to the Sanhedrin he is thrown off the side of the wall they are walking on. Before being pulled up, we see Judas crouching in the shadows and after Jesus is pulled back up a demonic spirit manifests and scares Judas. This would be the first, but not the last time that the movie depicts Judas' tortured soul. The second piece that is filled in is when John barges in on Mary and Mary Magdalene telling them that Jesus had been arrested. While this is the first time that we see these three together, it will not be the last. They will remain together through out the remainder of the movie. This is fitting as at the end of the movie and in the Scriptures Jesus says "Woman, behold, your son! Then he said to the disciple [John], "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the...

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