The founder and CEO of FamilyChristianMovies.com was finally able to watch The Bible Epic Miniseries on The History Channel on Palm Sunday (These were episodes 7 and 8). Sorry this is going up late.
Some stories depicted in these episodes were:
1. Jesus calling Matthew, the tax collector, to become his disciple. It was very interesting to see how the director integrated the calling of Matthew to the parable of the tax collector found in Luke 18:13. In Luke 18:13, the tax collector would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The series integrates that story to the calling of Matthew. What really touched my heart was that Matthew was crying as Jesus told the story. It was a moment of true repentance and I love it.
2. The second scene in episodes 7 and 8 of The Bible Miniseries was the depiction of the woman caught in adultery. The story is found in John 8:1-11.We all know the story, A group of Jews bring a woman caught in adultery wanting to stone her to death with Jesus’ approval. The Bible passage in John tells us Jesus was bent down to write on the sand before saying anything to the crowd. In The Bible Miniseries, this is not shown. Instead, the director takes another artistic approach and throws in a very interesting statement, “I will give my stone to the first man who tells me he never sinned.” Now, this statement is not in The Bible. But this was an artistic approach to the story. What is really nice about the event in John 8:1-11 is that we see Jesus demonstrating merciful acts rather then those of condemnation. He was the only one who could have thrown a stone at her. But instead, he chose to defend her before telling her to “go and leave your life of sin.”
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
3. The third scene I really loved in this episode of The Bible Miniseries was the feeding of the 5000. Anytime I read that story in Matthew 14:13-21, I am amazed yet again. This was very cool to see on the screen. At the end, Jesus says, “Put God first and everything will follow, ask and it will be given to you.”
4. The storm on the Sea of Galilee was depicted in a very nice way. The cinematography was very well done. This scene follows Jesus as he is arriving in his home town of Nazareth. Reading from the book of Isaiah, He says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, he has sent me to declare freedom for captive and give sight to blind. Today this scripture has been fulfilled. It was awesome to hear that truth on TV presented like that. I loved that this message was being portrayed on a secular network, The History Channel, instead of just being on a Christian station such as TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network).
5. Then Jesus goes to see Martha, Lazarus’ sister. At this point, Jesus dear friend Lazarus has been dead for 4 days. Jesus raises him from the dead. He then says, “Believe in me and you will see the glory of God.” Amen to that!
6. My favorite scene was when Jesus was climbing the stairs of the temple. The camera closes up on his feet and then zooms back to an angle where you can see Jesus once again climbing up on the stairs. The next shot demonstrates the magnificent structure of the Temple.
7. The last thing I really enjoyed seeing on The Bible Miniseries on The History Channel was when Nicodemus met Jesus in the garden. Jesus tells him he must be born again to enter to the Kingdom of God. Again, it was great to hear Biblical truth coming from the television. Lastly, Jesus says, “God so loved the world that he gave His only one son and whoever believes in him shall have eternal life.”
Millions and millions of people heard the Truth again on their television sets! I cannot think of a greater possible evangelism tool than this.
And finally, “don’t be afraid, trust in the God and trust in me also. You will know the way. I am the way, the truth, and the life.” These are Jesus words given for our eternal hope and joy. I love The Bible Miniseries on The History Channel. Thank you Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, well done.
This article was written by the founder and CEO of FamilyChristianMovies.com
Jake manages the content on the FamilyChristianMovies.com blog and is one of the main contributors. A Christian husband and father of 2, Jake has spent over half of his adult life in Adana, Turkey, and the other half in Minnesota. He and is family currently reside in the small community of Mora, MN.