The Cost

Amy Clemens

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

[We are] persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. (vv. 9-10)

During the filming of The Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel, the Christ-follower who portrayed Jesus, stepped into a place of deeper discipleship than he imagined when the role became more of a calling he could not give up.

In 2010 during an interview at Rock Church, San Diego, the actor told how he separated his shoulder almost immediately, and continued to separate it all over again as crucifixion scenes were shot and reshot. He told of the sting of a whip that missed its intended target and opened a 14-inch gash on his back; of suffering pneumonia in both lungs while hanging on the cross; of enduring a lightning strike during the last scene—an event that necessitated eventual heart surgery. During filming he dropped from 220 pounds to a meager 168, and was told by a doctor he might die if he didn’t stop. He didn’t, because his faith in the man he portrayed was so strong, he was prepared to die if necessary.

Like Caviezel, if you truly believe that God is good, you must also believe he will give us everything we need to complete the race he has called us to. We are never forsaken, and we can’t be destroyed. —Amy Clemens

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you said if I wanted to come after you, I will deny myself, take up my cross and follow you. Make your life obvious in me as suffering comes my way.