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PART TWO -THE JESUS EPIC MINI SERIES
VISUAL REVIEW BY DAVID BRUCE

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Jesus teaching the multitudes was very convincing. He dialogues with his audience
The sermon on the mount is turned into an interactive experience with listeners, they freely share their thoughts as Jesus teaches.
The calling of the twelve disciples is culminated by creating a circle in which Jesus blesses each one.
Identifying Jesus with the seaside, and all the people coming to him, foreshadows the last scene in the film.
Jesus walks on water and calms the storm. A very difficult scene to film, and done quite well.
Saving Peter from sinking into the sea. Go here to learn the significance of walking on water and calming the sea.
Calming the chaos monster (sea) is positioned next to a talk with Mary Magdalene. Jesus calms the storm in her.
Jesus is shown as the friend of the sinner. Here he gives Mary value -a belief that she is accepted by God even with a her sinful past.
"If I were a man I'd be your best disciple," Mary states.
"Anyone who speaks my words is my disciple," replies Jesus. I liked this scene because Jesus did in fact have women disciples that traveled with him (Luke 8:1-3, 23:49). It also forshadows the sending forth of Mary as a witness.
The raising of Lazarus from the grave was foreshadowed in the first half by the desire to bring Joseph back to life.
Jesus is pictured as flowing totally in the purpose of God. The prayer for the resurrection of Lazarus is confident, simple and powerful.
The return of Lazarus to life is a powerful moment in the film. Very well done packed with emotion.
Sisters Mary and Martha embrace Lazarus.
Following the Lazarus episode, Jesus enters Jerusalem with palms being waved to welcome him. He is very popular
There is incredible joy in the faces of the people. Something that worries both the religious and Roman leaders.
In the first half of the film, the militant Jewish leader Barabbas is shown slaying Gentile Roman soldiers. Now we experience the opposite. Gentiles killing Jews
Jewish blood is shed. The question for the Jewish leadership becomes how to end this violence and blood shed.
Fearing that the Palestinian Jews may rally behind Jesus in a militant violent fashion against the Romans, they decide to have Jesus arrested.
The high priest Caiaphas says, "Why should the whole nation be destroyed? Let this one man die for the people." These words would change all of history.
The last supper that Jesus has with his disciples is portrayed in a very traditional manner.
Beautiful cinematography marks the breaking of bread. The breaking of bread by Jesus foreshadows the mutilation and death of his body on the cross.
Jesus shares a cup of red wine. The wine signifies the blood he would shed on the cross. Jesus invites all to partake in his death by eating his body and drinking his blood.
Following the dinner Jesus goes to the garden to prays with great agony. The film makers insert a scene that is not biblical but is effective in probing reasons for the agony of Jesus.
In this scene Satan appears again. Sort of a temptation part two. Satan tells Jesus not to die on the cross and explains in detail the horror and pain of crucifixion.
Then Satan transports Jesus in time to the crusades when Christians would kill others in the name of Jesus. "Is this what you want Jesus?" Satan yells. Click picture to enlarge -note crosses on crusaders.
Next they visit the burning of Joan of Arc. "Look Jesus they are killing her in your nam!" says Satan. This scene was edited out of CBS version. Click to see it in RealVideo
"She is innocent, by the way," says Satan. "Is this what you want? Killing in your name?"
"The church condemns you to death in the name of Jesus," says the Christian priest just before Joan is burned alive.
Next, World War l. "You offer love and they chose hate, Jesus," says Satan. "Give it up, tell your Father to end this death on the cross."
Jesus once again, although tested to the limits, does not yield to temptation and goes through with his destiny of agony.
The arrest and trial scenes are also well done and are done in a way that makes Jesus a victim of both Religious and Roman leadership.
The trial is both private and public. The whipping of Jesus is very realistic.
Peter, Jesus' disciple, denies Jesus. Adding to the pain and desertion felt by Jesus.
The crowd wants Jesus crucified. Jesus is crowned "king" with a thornes of thorns.
Jesus is nailed to the cross in one of the bloodiest crucifixion scenes in cinematic history.

The nail is hammered into the wrist. The CBS version edited out the nails, the scream, Judas' hanging and shortened the crucifixion. Click to see RealVideo.

We hear and feel the pain.
In a cut-away we see the sheer agony of Jesus' mother, Mary, as she witnesses the crucifixion of her son.
Jesus yells in sheer pain, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
Jesus dies and an earthquake follows as mentioned in Matthew's gospel. The story generally follows John's Gospel account with occasional seasoning from the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke).
Jesus is buried and three days later the disciples discover an empty tomb.
Jesus first appears to Mary Magdalene. Who becomes the first person to proclaim the good news.
Mary Magdalene announces the resurrection of Jesus to the other disciples. Note the open windows in the background, with the wind blowing --very symbolic .
Later, Jesus appears to the disciple in the very same spot as Mary had --powerful identification here.
Jesus shows doubting Thomas his wounds.
Jesus talks with his disciples telling them to go into all the world and preach the good news.
Jesus tells his disciples that he will be with them "to the end of the world" and them walks through the windows (ascension) and suddenly... -ENDED OUT BY CBS
...appears seaside in today's world. This echoes the words of Jesus when He said "I am with you always, even to the end of the world." -EDITED OUT BY CBS
Children from every corner of the world run to Jesus, --red, yellow, black and white. Jesus embraces them with pure joy and excitement. -EDITED OUT BY CBS

The ending is a bold move for the film makers. I liked it. It reflects the words of Jesus, "Unless you become like a little child you can not enter the kingdom of God." -EDITED OUT BY CBS

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