In her article on the crucifixion scene in “The Bible” Kimberly Potts wrote:
“Viewers watching the Easter Sunday conclusion of the History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries will find the crucifixion scenes “painful” to watch, producer Mark Burnett says.
They should know that filming the scenes was just as painful, and emotional, an experience for the series’ actors.
‘I was on that cross for a long time, long hours,” says Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, who, as Jesus, has been the breakout star of “The Bible.” “We shot the crucifixion sequence in three days. And I don’t know how many hours I stood there. But it was really excruciating. By the way, do you know that the word ‘excruciating’ means ‘out of the cross’? Anyway, as I was on the cross, I can tell you that at one point I stopped, and I looked around, and I looked at everybody working, trying to do their best, I looked at their eyes, and suddenly it struck me … I just saw my whole life in a flashback in front of my eyes’.”
Three years ago, I wrote an article about the day between the crucifixion and the resurrection. I attempted to put myself in the place where the disciples were during that terrible day after the Lord was murdered. I recall the Mil Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ” made in 2004. It was the most graphic scene I had ever seen. I remember being emotionally numb after watching it. Those who were there most certainly had to have been completely despondent. They endured twelve horrendous hours as Jesus endured twelve excruciating hours for preaching that God’s Kingdom is here. Christ who was without sin died. The multitudes had no idea of what they had done.
In my article I wrote: “He did not die quietly. Many graves were opened and those who were in them were resurrected and appeared to many people. There was an earthquake. The huge curtain that was in the temple was ripped from the top down by God Himself. So, there must have been great confusion, and great fear in the Holy City. People had seen such awful things. Then it was quiet, dead, if you will. The anointed one was gone. The world was most likely in a state of shock. The disciples and followers mostly hid as they waited for what would happen next. They did not know what to expect.”
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When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30 ESV).
And the World remained the same. Most continued to seek the same things as before. Yet some things had changed. It [the crucifixion] was finished. The atonement was finished. Most assumed that the Lord was dead, but he would return soon.
As I recall the ending of “The Passion of the Christ” shows the risen Lord walking. Here is a link to see that scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck91jZPpPeQ.
According to Kimberly Potts, Mark Burnett says: “‘Very few films or television series ever deal with what happens after the crucifixion. They just sort of nod to it. We have an entire hour on the resurrection, and I think nobody’s ever seen someone do Pentecost the way we’ve done it, after Jesus ascends, and he tells the Apostles that the Holy Spirit will come to them. And they’re waiting. And on the Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit comes in to the disciples in the upper room and starts to speak in all different languages… And it goes on then, and it goes into the resurrection and the ascension and right on into Revelation'”.
The Revelation is the conclusion of the Bible. Many don’t understand it; many fear it; many dispute it. I love the Revelation because it tells of the victory that Jesus won. The end of the Bible says: “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20 [ESV]).
This day we call Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! It is the day that He rose from the dead about 1979 years ago. The Day of Pentecost would soon follow. We have seen many things transpire since. Many people in this modern world have fallen into disbelief. So, the series, “The Bible” has people talking about God again.
I looked at the news. It is the same thing. Most seem to have no desire to worship God. People seem to want the myths of Easter-egg laying bunnies? Jesus is Alive! What great news this is! We should rejoice on this day!
So, as for me, I will believe the Good News of Christ’s resurrection and ascension. I believe that God is still sovereign., Christ will return as promised. Are we ready to receive Him? This is what I believe life is about.