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PART I PASSION OF THE CHRIST

The Passion Of The Christ, by Mel Gibson.

Originally written, Wednesday, March 10, 2004
For ease of sharing, I will separate the movie into four chronological parts or
teachings.

The Passion -
PART  I of a four part series on The Passion of The Christ, a movie by Mel Gibson.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He laid down His life for all mankind, for their sins.

First let me comment that this is a very Christian movie and that Catholicism is the
"fullness" or "completeness" of Christianity.

The Passion opens in the Garden of Gethsemane, showing dark and ominous clouds.
We see Christ praying in Aramaic. He walks towards where three apostles wait,
(Peter- whom He calls - [Kepha], James and a young John) are sleeping.
Jesus speaks, calling, "Kepha" ...then He uses John's name.
(M) I assume, from Scripture, the third man is James.
(B) Mark 14:32  "And they went to a place which was called Gethsem'ane; and he said to
his disciples, "Sit here, while I pray." 33  And he took with him Peter and James and John,
and began to be greatly distressed and troubled."

(M) starts with a quote from Isaiah 53:5  "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with
his stripes we are healed."

Then Jesus goes to pray again... we see Satan for the first time in the movie Satan is
gender neutral [© Satan has the face of a woman yet the voice of a man. Showing
seductiveness, beauty (face of a woman ), authority (voice of a man)… appearing as an
angel of light.]
Satan, mockingly, asks Jesus...
"Do you really believe that you can carry the burden for all mankind?" (M)
[© There are 3 "groups" in the Garden:
1) Jesus = God, (2) three apostles = mankind,  (3) Satan = evil.
That is reality on a daily basis.]

(M) The  Sanhedrin do not go near Judas. They throw the thirty pieces of silver at him; as
though he were… "unclean".
(ME, B) Matthew 26:14  "Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to
the chief priests 15  and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?"
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,""

[©  Was Satan actually physically present in the Garden of Gethsemane according to
Scripture? No.]

(M)  back to the Devil... He is taunting Christ with questions to raise doubts:
"Who is your Father?"... "Who are you?"
Then a serpent sticks it's tail out of Satan's nose and then slides out from under Satan's
robes near the ground...sliding towards where Jesus lays prostrate on the ground. The
snake writhes over the hand of Jesus as He stands, the snake falling to the ground.  Jesus
ignores the snake, Christ leans on a wall in the Garden and then suddenly crushes the
head of the serpent... (ME, B)  Genesis 3:15  "I will put enmity between you and the
woman,  and between your seed and her seed;  he shall bruise your head,  and you shall
bruise his heel." [RSV]
(ME) In Genesis Satan ‘nips’ at the heal of our Saviour, while Christ, the ’seed’ of the
woman (What Woman ?), ‘crushes’ the head of the serpent.

[© This is the beginning of the END for Satan, only he doesn’t know it yet or he is unwilling
to acknowledge it. Satan disappears. Where does he go?
Judas arrives with the Temple guards. In a very real way Satan is now in Judas and then
when he points out Jesus by "the kiss" Satan enters the guards.]

(M)  back to the Garden...
Temple guards in the night with torches, accompanied by Judas Iscariot. They approach
Jesus. (ME, B) Matthew 26:47  "While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve,
and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of
the people."

(M)  Peter ( Kepha, meaning rock- "
and upon this rock I will build my church", John and
James are also there,

(M)  Jesus asks them; "Who they were looking for?" (B)  John 18:4  "Then Jesus, knowing
all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"

Judas, at first tries to flee, only to be grabbed by the Temple guards and pushed towards
Jesus…
[©  Showing that he already began to see his actions as a mistake.]
Judas kisses Jesus... (B)  Luke 22:47  "While he was still speaking, there came a crowd,
and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to
kiss him; 48  but Jesus said to him, "Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?""
(ME, B) Matthew 26:48  "Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I shall
kiss is the man; seize him.""
Peter drew a sword... (B)  John 18:10  "Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and
struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus."

(ME, B) Luke 22:49  "And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they
said, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?" 50  And one of them struck the slave of the
high priest and cut off his right ear. 51  But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched
his ear and healed him."
(M)  Jesus healed the ear of Malchus. Luke 22:51 "he [Jesus] touched his [Malchus‘] ear
and healed him." Malchus doesn’t move, he is stunned. He is kneeling on the ground when
he is healed by Jesus.  Just a moment ago he was writhing in pain.
James ran off and so did John.

(M)  Peter was held by the Temple guards and Jesus told him... John 18:11  "Jesus said to
Peter, "Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given
me?""
(B) Matthew 26:52  "Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who
take the sword will perish by the sword."

The guards were holding Peter ...Jesus told Peter to drop the sword He did and the guards
fell to the ground and Peter got away  (M)
(ME, B)  John 18:5  "They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am
he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6  When he said to them, "I am he,"
they drew back and fell to the ground."

(M)  The Temple guards seize Jesus very roughly and begin to pummel Him with their fists
as they chain Him and tie His hands and lead Him out of the Garden...
(ME, B)  John 18:12  "So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews
seized Jesus and bound him."

(M)  In a home not far away… Mother Mary wakes with Mary Magdalene at this moment...
they hold each other...
Mother Mary says... "Why is this Night Different from all Other Nights?"
This verse is from the opening of the Jewish Seder meal.
Seder
(ME)  Passover is the 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the
Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II.
The holiday's name -  Pesach, meaning "passing over" or "protection" in Hebrew, is
derived from the instructions given to Moses by God , (Exodus 12:21ff).

(M) Mary answers..."Because once we were slaves" then John bursts through the door.
(Everyone in the movie who addresses the Blessed Mother calls her "Mother")
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(M)  Temple guards continually beat Jesus as they pull & push Him along.
At one point they hit Him and knock Him off a small bridge, where Judas is hiding beneath
and Jesus looks into the eyes of Judas [©  This was Judas‘ chance to say he was sorry to
Jesus, but he didn‘t.] then the guards pull Him up by His chains.
A demon [©  that looked like a wild animal] appears to Judas momentarily under the bridge
(a frightening apparition), we can see Judas is already in torment about what he has done
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(M)  Jesus is already beaten badly by the guards even before He is presented to
"Ca'iaphas the high priest"
(B) Matthew 26:57  "Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Ca'iaphas the high priest,
where the scribes and the elders had gathered.
Peter entered the courtyard58  But Peter followed him at a distance, as far as the
courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end."
There were many people in the courtyard where Jesus was tired by the Sanhedrin, the
council of Jewish leaders made up of the priests, scribes and Pharisees.

(M)  One of Jesus’ eyes was closed from the beating of the guards and He was bloody all
over, His mouth was very bloody. He already looked like a man; "crushed for our sins".
(Isaiah 53)
Judas is also watching the proceedings.
Mother Mary comes with Mary Magdalene and John. They see Peter…  he calls to them.
Jesus is watching a carpenter work on something in the courtyard…
The director uses "flashbacks" to connect The Passion with other scenes in the life of
Jesus.
[The first scene * switch (memory)] He remembers when He was working on a table and His
Mother calls to Him to come and eat. [high table]
When Mother Mary arrives the scene of the "Questioning of Jesus" proceeds, but not until
His Mother arrives.

(ME) This happens  throughout the movie...I think to show, not only, the connection
between Mother & Son, but also the New Eve to the New Adam...
This also establishes Mother Mary as a partner in The Passion... (ME, B)  Luke 2:34  "and
Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the
fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted 35  And thy own
soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed."

(ME) Many times throughout the movie the scene would not move forward until the Mother
of Jesus arrived and made eye contact with her Son...then the scene moved forward.
For example:
The Questioning by the Sanhedrin
The Scourging
The Crucifixion
Each time the scene would seem to "pause" until Mother Mary arrived.

(M) A soldier informs Pilate that there might be a problem with the Jews because of the
arrest of Jesus.
(M) Pilate and Claudia his wife, she says; ""Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I
suffered much in a dream today because of him." " (Matthew 27:19)

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"M" for the movie
"B" is for the Bible
"ME" FOR ME - Philip Turgati
"ME, B" for I put this verse from the bible in
"CE" for Catholic Encyclopedia
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