Mel Gibson's 'Passion' makes real connection with need for a Savior

Posted: Thursday, March 04, 2004

Rev. Jon Walters' scathing criticism of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" (letter of March 2) tends to obfuscate some facets of the movie which to my mind gave it purpose and value. Especially through the use of powerful imagery and symbolism, and many of the flashbacks, Mr. Gibson made a valiant effort in re-connecting the disconnect of modern-day society's understanding of good and evil, the human condition and our need for a Savior.

Another facet ignored by many critics is the stunning faithfulness to Scripture, more so than in any other Hollywood movie I've ever seen about the Son of God. The movie has its weaknesses, and yes, the graphic horror was almost unbearable to watch, but one only has to read Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 for vivid reminders of what the promised Messiah actually would have to suffer for our salvation.

Jackie Booth


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