Have you seen the BBCs take on 'The Passion' yet? It's worth a watch. I'm appreciating their attempts at character development - particularly surrounding their depiction of Jesus. iPlayer the first episode before Sunday and see what you reckon.
I expect it'll be repeated next Easter though! Last Easter I tried to put my blogging spin on the story. So before the BBC repeat their version, I'll get in first. Over the next few days I'll present my serialisation in improved High Definition and Surround Sound where available. Here's episode 1:
'TAKE THIS CUP FROM ME.'
The severity of these words has only just hit me.
This is not a whimsy, 'maybe please, if it's not too much bother...' suggestion. This is a serious order. This is the prayer that any man facing the death penalty would think of uttering. Yet Jesus knows 100% that his plea is actually possible!
This is the desperate emotional cry that even makes Jesus sweat blood. Please let there be another way!
...But then come the bravest 9 words of all time. It's these words which singles out the prayer of Jesus from the others on death row. It's these words which would change the course of history:
'YET, NOT WHAT I WILL, BUT WHAT YOU WILL.'