Despite his public controversies I will always be thankful to Mel Gibson for creating The Passion of the Christ movie.
I can still remember watching it for the first time back in 2004. The cinema was packed and the emotions of the audience raw. Minute after agonizing minute we watched the vivid portrayal of Jesus being relentlessly tortured and crucified. The movie pulled no punches, brutally revealing the horrors of a Roman crucifixion in all of its mind-numbing horror.
The prophet Isaiah wrote the following of Jesus 700 years before his birth:
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah, 53:4-6)