This is one of my all-time favourite movies. I watch it at least twice a year – at Easter and Christmas. And it amazes me how many Christians I’ve met who have never seen it. I clung to its message even when I was farthest from being a Christian myself.
I’ve heard that people say “It’s called ‘Ben-Hur: A Story of the Christ’ and it isn’t about Christ at all.” I can’t understand that. It’s about God’s will working in the world, about turning the other cheek, about the incredible force of Our Lord when He turned His attention on a man. It’s about faith.
“The greatest force in the world today, without a doubt, is love. And yet it is the kind of power that does not threaten or break apart or destroy; it gathers and heals. … So the dove is an apt symbol of the new life our Lord came to teach.”
From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.
The power of love is something each of us can own and claim. It is there for us regardless of our class, job, strength, health, intelligence. We can claim the dove and do His work, in our everyday life, by the little things as well as the big.