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The movie, Passion of the Christ is one of the best Hollywood depictions of what happened to Jesus in the final hours of his “earthly” life. Since I have been going to the jail these three years, I have seen this movie many times. Every time is much the same with the response from the ladies; tonight was no different. The power of the cross is where it all happens for us as Christians. We all come to salvation the same way; broken and in need of a savior. I am so thankful God made a way; Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. God knew we messed up through the sin of Adam so He sent His only begotten son to die a death that we deserved. Jesus paid the ultimate price; on purpose because He loves us so much. Many of the ladies covered their eyes when Jesus was beaten, some cried and some winced as they peeked through her fingers.

Mrs. Zander had made the comment that some parts of the movie are not scriptural, the girl beside me would ask at spots in the movie, “is that in the bible?” After the movie was over we gave the ladies a chance to ask questions or if they had a comment. It is so important that we understand why Jesus had to shed His perfect, sinless blood for us. I don’t know if anyone got saved this night or not, but I do know they walked away knowing the love of God for us through His only begotten son, Jesus.

Afterward one of the girls asked to talk in the law box with me. I knew that she went to court earlier in the week and she proceeded to tell me she got 12 months more to serve. She was angry when she told this to me, but not throwing fists mad, but crying mad. She misses her children so much and the mere thought of being away from them for a year is more than she can bear. So I let her vent, hoping that was all it was. But one thing I knew for sure was she was not going to walk out of that law box without hearing the truth.

The truth is that when we line up our will with the will of the Father, things work out for our best says Romans 8:28 “and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” She belongs to Christ, she is one of His, and He wants good things for her. It doesn’t always FEEL like good nor does it seem like anything good could come from it, but God sees the whole picture and we simply trust Him. He has been taking care of us our whole life, whether we know it or not, and He has NEVER let us down; He is not going to start now.

She kept saying how other inmates come in and out of there with hardly a punishment and it’s not fair to her. She feels like her crime doesn’t deserve the amount of time she received. I reminded her that Jesus was an innocent man who died a cruel death for us who were guilty. I also reminded her that it’s not about her. It’s about trusting in the one who gives us life and loves us more than we can imagine. We do have a choice to make and it’s not always an easy one, but our prayer should be, not my will Father, but your will be done.

Written by Tracey



  1. One of the parts not in the scripture are the words which burned into my mind; the words He spoke to His Mother as she cried out as she saw Him fall with the beam, “see how I make ALL things new”. He meant in jail, out of jail, sick, healthy, young, old, rich, poor, black, white, educated, uneducated, to the east, to the west ,to the north, to the south, on land, in the air, on the sea…ALL things new and “crying mad”, too. Glory!!!


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