The topography and scenery in the movie Killing Jesus was excellent. (Filmed in Morocco). I also appreciated the melancholy music in the background, featuring the violin and the flute. It seemed to be a good fit for Jesus, a man of sorrows. Part 1 touched on infant Jesus, the paranoid Herod, and the visit from the Magi. We pick up in Part 2, with Jesus leaving Egypt at about the age of ten. In the early going, a lot of emphasis was placed on the Galilean insurrection against Pontius Pilate. (This is mentioned in Luke 13)
Killing Jesus is all about the one size fits all, generic, down sized Jesus. The “Jesus” presented in the movie was so mundane, He would be fully acceptable by the Antichrist and the New World Order (NWO). By attempting to satisfy both believer and unbeliever, the authors have failed with Christians who believe in the inspiration of the holy scriptures. No, you cannot please everyone. People who do not believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ or believe in the inspiration of the holy scriptures love to present their material during holy week. Whether it is The Da Vinci Codes, The Last Temptation Of Christ, or the annual alleged falsehood that the camels mentioned in the Bible were not really used or domesticated during Abraham’s life, and anachronistic to his time, people enjoy exploiting this season. Since Bill O’Reilly is making a “killing” on all of his books, he is no exception either. (pun intended)
At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist. The movie reveals that prior to His baptism, Jesus is mystified because John the Baptist knows who He is. I mean, they were even cousins! Furthermore, John the Baptist gives Jesus a clinic on how God speaks to him in the desert, so perhaps Jesus could follow suit when He is tested for forty days in the wilderness! Jesus is Immanuel, God be with us, and He knows all things. I found the authors’ view of Jesus Christ throughout the movie absolutely surreal. The movie revealed John baptizing Jesus via full immersion, which was indeed the true and Biblical technique used, but that is where the good news ends. There is no manifestation of the Trinity like the Bible tells us. The Father spoke from heaven, and the Holy Spirit came as a dove. Why is this not mentioned? Because the authors did not think it happened. During conversation between John the Baptist and Jesus, Jesus does not seem to realize He is more than a carpenter, and does not have a grip and understanding of His own mission. Jesus’ demeanor throughout the movie is very human, featuring no Messianic distinction. He lacked the calmness, the I am in control persona, that we would expect from God the Son. Also noteworthy is His somewhat angry countenance at times (His mother Mary told Him “You are angry at God.”), at other times He is worried and anxious, walking in a fast and irreverent gait. In a later scene, Jesus prayed, and His disciples caught an extraordinary amount of fish. Jesus also cast out a demon from a young boy, and appeared to have healed a leper. That was pretty much the extent of the miracles displayed in the movie. Both John the Baptist and Jesus fearlessly addressed the Pharisees as “a generation of vipers,” severely chastising them. John the Baptist was arrested and later beheaded, both in accordance with the scriptures. In the movie, Jesus does not preach with authority, unction and power, sounding more like an ordinary man. The Bible says that no one ever spoke like Jesus. Some scriptures were spoken out of context, and/or at a time that was in conflict with that in the Bible. One example is when Jesus was in the temple, He told the Pharisees “that one stone would not be left upon another.” In reality, He said this to the disciples during the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:2). He told the Pharisees “destroy this temple and it shall be raised in three days.” Of course we know He was not even referring to the temple but to His own body, and His death, burial and resurrection.
In the next and final entry, we will refer to Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, because the story writers and film makers did not see fit to reveal the reality of ANY resurrection in the movie, be it Lazarus or Jesus. Jesus’ numerous post resurrection appearances were totally omitted as was His ascension to heaven. Great Easter story, eh? The “Bible” of Thomas Jefferson has some serious competition.