MY FRIEND and pastor, Tim Stevenson, wrote the following when the movie The Passion of the Christ came out with an “R” rating:
Jesus got an “R” rating which will be hard for some people who have said they will never go to an “R” rated film. The “R” of course is because of the violence, the gore. In movie terms, “R” stands for RESTRICTED, but in this movie “R” stands for RELEVANT, for REALISTIC, for it REALLY happened for a REASON because we were REBELLIOUS we needed a REDEEMER, we needed to be RECONCILED, we needed to be RECOVERED, we needed to be REGENERATED, Jesus needed to be REJECTED so that we could have a RELATIONSHIP not just a RELIGION.
The “R” is to REMIND us to REMEMBER what Jesus did to REMOVE our sin to RENDER Satan powerless, to RESCUE us from eternity in hell. The “R” rating is to show that Jesus was RESPONSIBLE for giving you REST. As a RESULT of his death Jesus RETIRED your debt. The “R” rating means that some will be REPULSED, some will REFUSE to believe, some will be RELUCTANT, some will think you are RIDICULOUS in believing that a death was REQUIRED.
The “R” rating means that the RESULT of sin has been REVERSED and now through faith in Christ your REWARD is eternity and you are now RIGHTEOUS before God because you have RECEIVED him as the RULER of your soul. What a REVOLUTIONARY and RADICAL solution to REDEEM mankind.
Thanks, Tim. Before I got to know Jesus Christ personally, none of the above made much sense to me. Now and for the last 45 years, I view the event we’ll celebrate tomorrow-Christ’s Resurrection from the grave-as the most important event in all of human history. Check it out! And have a great Resurrection Day (tomorrow)!