Chris Pratt made headlines last spring when he posted a series of photos on Instagram that showed him having erected a giant cross in the middle of nowhere.
It’s only now, close to five months later, that Pratt has revealed why he did it.
During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Pratt said he put up the cross because it’s something Jesus Christ did. It was the perfect way, he said, to honor Christ.
He said he wouldn’t have erected the cross without the help of his friends, according to Relevant magazine.
“They had this big cross. It was on a Saturday, the day before Easter, and they said, ‘You know, we got this big cross,' he said. 'We gotta bring it up this great big hill at some point.’ I said, ‘Let’s do it right now … I want to do it. And, it’s Saturday before Easter, if you think about it, that’s what Jesus was doing 2,000-something years before on a Saturday before Easter, was carrying a cross up a hill!' … It took us like two days. The thing was super heavy, and it was like just so rewarding and awesome.”
This is far from the first time that Pratt has spoken about his faith. In fact, his first connection with God happened when he turned 19, according to Christian Post.
As he told Esquire magazine in 2014, he planned to attend a party where he said he would drink underage and possibly do drugs. But a man on the street stopped him and said God was watching over him.
"He was like, 'I stopped because Jesus told me to stop and talk to you,'" Pratt told Esquire. "'He said to tell you you're destined for great things.' My friends came out, and I was like, 'Hey, I'm gonna go with this guy.' I gave my soul to Jesus within, like, two days. I was stuffing envelopes for his organization, Jews for Jesus. I'm not even sure, at that age — I was 19 years old — I knew what Jewish was."
It was about a month later when a film director discovered Pratt, who was working as a waiter at the time. Since that moment, he’s believed in God.
His faith found new meaning back in 2015. Pratt told ABC News that his connection with God really grew when he and his wife Anna Faris gave birth to their first child, who during the first month of his life had to stay in an intensive care unit.
He said he prayed throughout the entire month. And the baby’s survival restored his faith.
“It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it,” he told ABC News. “The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.”
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.