The Bible is an epic five-week, 10 hour television miniseries premiering March 3, 2013 on the History Channel from Emmy Award winning husband and wife team, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. For two hours each Sunday night millions of viewers will see the Bible from Genesis to Revelation come to life in a way never before seen.
Episode 5 -The Finale – Jesus’ crucifixion, death, resurrection, day of Pentecost, Saul’s conversion, John on the Isle of Patmos.
The Finale and my personal favorite. I thought this was really well done on an emotional level. There were 5 things I liked in this final episode!
1) Pilate’s wife’s dream and how they handled this was great. She was very distressed and it’s always been my belief that she knew that Jesus was the Son of God, that perhaps she saw the return of Jesus in her dream and she knew it was a warning for Pilate. I had heard many years ago that eventually Pilate committed suicide. Does anyone else know that for sure?
2) When Jesus was being beaten the words came alive to me from Isaiah 53:5 -But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. This was so powerful to me that by His stripes we are healed. This was very emotional for me personally.
3) The scene where they picked and chose who was allowed to go in and ask for who they wanted to be freed from Pilate and the rest were forced to stay behind. The Bible doesn’t say what happened but that was a logical thing and when they were choosing Barabbas and saying they have no king but Caesar. What a slap in the face of our Creator. How horrible it must have been for Jesus to hear those words and then crucify him!
4) When Jesus was carrying the cross. It looked so difficult, even for the man they chose to help Him. When Jesus told us to take up our cross daily and follow Him, why do we act like that cross carrying should be an easy task? Denying self is our cross to bear and how many of us are actually doing as Jesus commanded?
5) When Jesus spoke the words, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Very powerful!
All in all I had mixed emotions about a lot of this series due to the inaccuracies but it led me to think a lot about what the truth is and I really did enjoy the final 2 episodes quite a bit more than the others. I still believe it was worth watching, it is by beholding we become changed and it is always a good thing to think about God and the Bible and Jesus!
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