History Channel’s The Bible, Part 3

Baptism

Well, another week has gone and another great episode was turned in by the producers, writers, and directors of The Bible. In my last two posts (here and here) I mentioned the focus being put on little things that are either left out or added to the production, but this time several folks I know seemed to “go off the reservation” (pardon my word choice but moving to cuckoo-land seemed to harsh).

In this episode we see Satan portrayed by actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni (see a photo here) and well, OK  perhaps in makeup he did look a bit like our current President. But, this got me thinking … why?  Why did so many think that they looked so alike?  Could it be because so many are opposed to the direction our nation is taking and the blame is falling on this man?  Or, could it be because his face is plastered everywhere, every day (I believe feeding a narcissistic personality) that those watching could only (logically) tie the two together? Look, whatever the reason – can we move past it now? I think all the hoopla focused on this issue is taking away from the story which is the GREATEST story ever told!

The Bible tells us in John 3:16-17:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

This is why we have been given a Savior and why the entire Old Testament and New Testament, predicts and fulfills that God would send a perfect sacrifice to pay for our debt of sin. We are a fallen creation – full of ourselves and so incredibly riddled with sin that there was no way we could ever pay our debt … which is why Jesus had to die. He died so that when He was resurrected on that glorious morning that we now call Easter that we would be assured of eternal life with Him … providing we have accepted Him as our Savior before our deaths here on Earth. Yes, the History Channel is taking some dramatic liberties with the story, but it should not detract from the point of even telling it!

Jesus came into this world to give His life as an offering and a sacrifice for you and me. There is no other way to be reconciled to the Lord but through the death of Christ. Try to keep that in focus as you watch parts 4 and 5 of “The Bible” and prayerfully God will show you that even you need a Savior.

The final line of dialogue in Episode 3 shows Jesus and Peter in a boat and Peter asks him the question, “What now?” The answer the actor portraying Jesus gives in the script is not recorded in Scripture but to me, is phenomenal. He said, “We change the world.

Amen Lord Jesus, you’ve definitely changed my world.

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