Jesus of Nazareth
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Easter is just past, and I once again spent much of it doing one of my favorite things. The movie "Jesus of Nazareth" was shown on one of my DirecTV channels. I LOVE this movie. Please, if you haven't seen it, run right out and rent it or buy it or borrow it from anyone who has it. This has got to be the greatest movie (in my humble opinion--this one far surpasses "The Passion of the Christ", although that one was also very good) made about the life and work of our Lord.
Yesterday, I raced for my computer after checking all the movie stores in my area and not finding it, and bought it from Amazon.com. This is one I MUST own, and so should you. It sticks to the biblical story. It sets me afire for the Kingdom. It frees my spirit. How many things in this world can do that for you? How many things can you find that are truly inspiring?
I found myself thinking of things as I watched, at times just listening because I had to feed my family too. They devote an hour to Jesus' birth. I was thinking of his mother. How she must have wondered, worried. How stunned she, and those around her, must have been at her unexpected pregnancy. I didn't know that technically, Mary should have been taken outside of town and stoned to death. It never occured to me, especially in this day and age, the magnitude of her condition.
I have found myself questioning God of late about his purpose for women. Are women just here to serve men? To be the vessels that birth men's children? Does God love women as much as He does men? I'm still questioning this. Things have occured that have caused me to question it. Yet, deep down in my soul, I have to believe that God loves His women just as much as His men. He loves all the animals and birds, doesn't He? Did He not make all things? Why would He make a thing that He didn't love, one that would serve no purpose? Women do have a purpose just as men do.
There's Mary--called by God 'the most blessed of women'. He certainly loved her. He chose her to bring life to Jesus.
Which brings me to my real point. Jesus. Oh, that I could express what I feel when I think on His name. When I think on what He did for me. Whether, or what, Jesus thinks my purpose is, it was important enough for Him to breath life into me. I have a mission and a reason for being. Laying the whole woman and man thing aside, I want to serve Him. I want to stand in His presence one day, and hear Him say, TO ME, "Well done, my good and faithful SERVANT". For I will spend the rest of my days in His service, gladly, willingly, and joyfully. I cannot do enough for this man who gave His life that I might live.
We are called to be His friends. He is worthy of any service we can do for Him. Yet, Jesus tells us that we aren't His 'servants' because He tells us things as 'friends'.
I want to be His servant because He allowed me to be his friend first.
Back to where I started. If you have not seen the above mentioned movie, do so. Preferably with all your family and friends. Pull in as many unsaved as you can and invite them over. Set aside a day for it, as it is a long movie. It originally was made as a TV miniseries, so it runs just over six hours.
I promise you, it will be some of the best hours you have ever spent in your life. If you can get through this without feeling a stir in your own life and spirit, then I will be sorry for you. But I'm betting no one can.
Jesus. My friend. My brother. My savior.
Oh, Lord. I love you so much, because you first loved me.
FOOTNOTE: As to the questions I posed above, and my mention of Mary, that is what I'm getting at--this movie allows you to think, causes you to think, of things that you may not have thought of, or at least not thought of in different ways. It presents challenges within your mind that are worth exploring. PLEASE, see this movie!!
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Elizabeth, never again doubt that God loves women just as much as He loves men, please. God created both sexes, with each sex having a mission to fill.
Women are not just created for the purpose of men. Women have a great mission before the Lord and secrets are usually given to women because they can be trusted more than men. I would encourage you to read '10 lies the Church tells Women' by J.Lee Grady. I enjoyed Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.