The Atonement in History

Our weekly church small group met Thursday, and as part of the teaching we watched a montage of the crucifixion scene from Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ.

I’ve seen it before, but this time I saw it just a few weeks after returning from Israel. And this time it was different.

This time what I watched was tangible rather than imaginative, objective rather than subject, historical rather than mythical.

It was not that the movie was shot in Jerusalem (it was not) or that it was realistic (it seemed to be). What was different was that I had a physical, objective and geographical frame of reference for what I was watching. Continue reading “The Atonement in History”