Watch the Movie Preview of the Passion of the Christ

The Passion of The Christ is about the last 12 hours of Jesus' life. It starts as Judas is betraying Jesus, turning him over to the Pharisees, the Jewish leaders. Accused of heresy and crimes, Jesus is beaten and then taken to Pontius Pilate. Pilate is presented no evidence of any crimes and says that any decision has to be made by King Herod. When King Herod sees no reason for punishment either, Jesus is taken back to Pilate.
The crowds grow angry and restless, so Pilate orders Jesus to be scourged. And scourged he is. He takes a vicious thrashing at the hands of Roman soldiers, a sequence that lasts quite a while and garners the film's R rating. At first, Jesus is beaten and bloodied with sticks. When he stands up defiantly, the soldiers get out the cat o' nine tails and whip him unmercifully, reveling in the punishment that they dish out. We see the lacerations and the huge pieces of flesh ripped from his body. The make-up department does an excellent job.