Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus Christ in the 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ” has a message for fellow Christians about persecution, death and faith.
During the red carpet premier of the new movie, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” Caviezel, who plays Luke, was asked to share his thoughts on “persecution around the world.”
Caviezel was quick to cite the brave Chaldean, Coptic and Syrian Christians who were crucified on Good Friday last year. He added that Christians in the United States need to “start not being afraid” of persecution, or even death.
“Every man dies,” Caviezel said. “Not every man really lives.”
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Caviezel said Paul’s message in the new movie is “really powerful.”
“To live is Christ,” he quoted the apostle. “To die is gain.”
Caviezel said that modern-day Christians “really struggle with death,” adding that they need to stop fearing death and take refuge in their faith instead.
“We all die, man. It’s how you live your life,” he said. “And there are a lot of people right now that need our help.”
Caviezel mentioned the recent death of Billy Graham, and how people should celebrate his life, rather than shedding tears that he is gone.
“Billy Graham just died, but he had 99 years,” Caviezel said. “A lot of people cried, but my God, if you don’t believe that man is with Jesus, then what kind of faith do you have?”
“Paul, Apostle of Christ” hits theaters today.
(H/T: IJR Red)