//FIRST THINGS FIRST//
Do you know the rest of the story? Maybe you have a general idea, Jesus as a historical figure or a religious entity, some distant idea from a forgotten past your Grandma prays to.
Forget about all of that.
This isn’t just a man getting roughed up and bloody. It isn’t about a man dying on a cross. If that was the whole story, it wouldn’t be worth telling. It is about what happened next. That he wasn’t just a man, and that, most importantly, he didn’t stay dead.
Now I’m not great with words, I have a way of making simple things complicated. This is one of the simplest, yet most profound truths there is in life. If you want to know the rest of the story, I encourage you to find someone who goes to a Church and tag along. If you don’t know anyone, look one up and stop in. Talk to them, meet people and have real conversations. You will discover much more than I could write on the Internet.
//BEHIND THE SCENES//
I recently started a creative collaboration with the South African filmmaker/designer Franzwa Roux (http://ezracollective.tv/). With our first project, we wanted to put something out during the Easter season that would be raw, gritty, and on some levels uncomfortable.
The aim was to highlight the vulnerability and the raw humanity of Jesus’ taking up the cross and what that involved. People picture Jesus as this stoic deity that came down, lived a pious life, died, rose, etc. and could have done it all with one hand tied behind his back.
There is no sacrifice in that.
The truth is that while he was divine, he was also a man (there are a lot of arguments as to how exactly this worked, please guys, I’m no theologian). What I know is that he felt pain, he felt fear, and he felt the same things that you or I would feel in that situation. Before he picked up that cross, thinking of what was to come, he screamed out in agony, he cried, he sweated like crazy. He was terrified.
He did it anyway.
Here are a few behind the scenes pictures. This may be a bit like ‘lifting the curtain’, but guess what… they guy in the video (Franzwa Roux) isn’t Jesus. So check out the video, and let's hear your thoughts in the comments below.