NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--After months of speculation surrounding Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ," the film opened as a blockbuster Feb. 25 with estimated first-day earnings exceeding $20 million. But more significant than the dollars is the number of changed lives that emerged from the 3,000-plus theaters on the first day alone.
In Maryland, 13-year-old Michael McKoy said the movie about the last 12 hours of Jesus' life has caused him to reconsider his daily behavior.
Chris Rouse, minister of worship at College Heights Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., had to take several moments to gain his composure before he was able to share his thoughts with Baptist Press. Photo by Morris Abernathy
"There are some days when I wake up in the morning, when I feel like I do not have the time to pray, to read the Word of God," McKoy said. "While I have read the Gospel accounts of the passion, seeing it portrayed on the big screen, seeing the length that Jesus was willing to go to die for me, makes it impossible for me to wake up in the morning and feel like I don't have time to read the Word and to pray."
In Dallas, 27-year-old Lauren Reagin found the film to be emotional and difficult to watch. She said knowing that at any time during the excruciating beating Jesus had the power to say it was enough and quit was a powerful testimony that will have an impact on her outlook for the future. Read More