Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ was absurdly violent. Exactly like the actual event of crucifixion.
One part of that film that sticks with me: Jesus is carrying his cross through the streets of Jerusalem. He's been beaten to a pulp. He's weakened because of all the loss of blood. His face is bruised, swollen, and caked with lost blood.
Suddenly he collapses to the ground, under the weight of the cross. His mother rushes to his side, and he looks up at her through all of his agony and misery... and the smallest little hint of a smile breaks out on Jesus' face.
The scriptwriters then take the glorious words of the enthroned Jesus in Revelation 21.5 (“Behold, I am making all things new”) and put them here.
As Mary's heart is breaking, as she's watching her beloved son get slowly and tragically murdered right there in front of her---Jesus smiles at his mother and says, "Mother, I am making all things new."
That's what Jesus was accomplishing.
Good Friday Service
*The photo above was taken by DPC member Lucinda Beddow, when she worshipped at one of our sister churches in Nashville this last Lord's Day. The crown of thorns are lying on top of Isaiah 53, a prophecy of the sufferings of the Messiah, written around 700 BC.