I remember a scene in "We Were Soldiers" starring Mel Gibson of a journalist who was dropped into combat in Vietnam. His job was to take pictures, but he soon found himself involved in the battle. I'm sure he had no idea of what he was getting into nor did he think he would be part of the battle. He eventually put down his camera and picked up a gun.
Later, other journalists arrived after the battle and started taking pictures. He had experienced the battle and they had not. They could only imagine what happened and get second hand conversation about the events. He lived it.
Last night, I began to video the drama practice for our outdoor Passion Play. It wasn't long before I started to think, "What if I had been there". I thought about the first hand experiences of Peter, Mary, the Roman soldier, the thieves, the disciples, and the crowd. What if I had been "in the crowd". What if I had been part of the story.
Most people think they are apart from the story. "It happened so long ago. It isn't relevant to me". Now, you don't want to miss our outdoor passion play March 17-21 at 8PM each night, but you don't need a play once a year to experience Jesus' sacrifice.
The bible says "Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever." You can experience his passion for you today.
Put yourself in the story. Get in the crowd. Come face to face with Jesus as He died for you. Don't be just be a spectator like the journalist. Become a participator and experience the Passion of the Christ. Start by doing what Romans 10:9-10 says, "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."