The Bible Miniseries – Episode #4 Review
This episode is called, “Mission.”
- Jesus brings a dead man back to life
- Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey
- Jesus turns on the money-changers in the temple
- Caiaphas coaxes Judas into betraying Jesus
- Jesus throws the disciples into turmoil at the Last Supper.
- Things I Liked
- Things that were Shocking
- Things that were Missing in Action
- Things that I Did Not Like
- Things that the UN-Churched Learned about Jesus
Things I Liked
I liked the special affects on the leper. It depicted a reality of how that disease ravishes and deforms individuals. Yet we also see where Jesus was not afraid to touch the ‘UN-touchable.” This was a clear illustration of His love and compassion for people who are considered “Throw-aways.”
Tax collector scene. Tax collectors often cheated people and were therefore hated especially by the Israelites. Jesus tells the story of an arrogant Pharisee and a humble tax collector. The tax collector, moved by the story finishes the story with his own words of remorse begins to cry. Jesus reaches out and touches the man branded as a sinner and allows him to accompany them.
Contrast of three prayer scenes:
- Pharisee’s prayer. . . “Thank you God that You are happy with ME . . . .”
- Pilate and his wife’s prayer is directed to their hand-sculptured idol gods.
- Jesus is praying to God in Heaven while in the Garden of Gethsemane
Things That Were Shocking
The adulterous woman scene. Jesus picks up the stone and for a moment we think He’s going to throw it, but He does not.
Last Supper scene. Jesus fed Judas a piece of bread. I was pleasantly surprised that this is in the Bible. I thought at first this was another creative privilege the producers took.
Money changing scene. Jesus said “MY house will be called a house of prayer, but you have made it into a den of thieves. I was alarmed by this statement because of all the movies I have scene where Jesus said, “My FATHER’S house.”
I looked it up, the producers were right. Matthew, Mark and Luke say, “My house..,” but John’s account says, “My Father’s house . . . ”
Things That Were MIA – Missing in Action
The adulterous woman scene. Jesus never writes on the ground with His finger. I was a little disappointed with the producers for leaving this out, but for personal reasons. I always wondered what Jesus wrote.
Last Supper scene. We see Jesus and His disciples washing their hands, but don’t see Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. I was saddened that the producers chose not to unpack this event.
Jesus illustrates that He did not come to be served., but to serve. This was to be our example, but we never saw the example. This scene was too big and significant to have been left out.
Things I did NOT Like
The Lazarus scene. Jesus and Martha go into the tomb where Lazarus lay. I felt this was a little too far with the creative privilege. Why? Because I believe the miracle was diminished.
I believe this because Jesus’ prayer was intended to demonstrate that the miraculous raising of Lazarus is something that the Father would do through Him.
Jesus does not pray this prayer for His own benefit, but for the benefit of the crowd looking on. All the action, however, took place within the tomb.
Things that the UN-Churched Learned about Jesus
- Jesus is LOVE
- Jesus is compassionate
- Jesus values EVERYBODY
- Jesus is our healer
- No one is beneath the ability to be redeemed and restored
- Forgiveness and restoration is extended toward even the worst of sinners
- Jesus touches the untouchables
- Jesus has power even over DEATH!
Stay tuned for next week’s final episode of The Bible miniseries. Are there any additional comments you would like to add?