|The handsome, friendly Jesus |
of The Bible miniseries
Or, “Jesus is super hot!” I heard that one a lot. And, to be fair, he really is in this version. Played by Portuguese soap opera star Diogo Morgado, the dude oozes … goodlookingness… if that’s a word. And friendliness and sensitivity… and … I don’t know. I've no problem with that, although as I mentioned earlier (in the above referenced entry,) I prefer Willem Dafoe’s portrayal in The Last Temptation of Christ… since the Bible mentions a couple of times that Jesus was pretty ordinary looking.
|The handsome, |
who played him
Now here’s my REAL confession: I watched it WHILE I WAS WORKING – just half paying attention to it. ‘Cos, really, that’s how I generally hang… with one ear to the ground and one ear pointed up to heaven. And, to be honest, I probably need one of those deafness trumpets in that ear. I’m not proud of it… I certainly wish I were like Brother Lawrence with his constant practicing of the presence of God. But I, my friend, am no Brother Lawrence.
|Our Jesus was fully man.|
It was bloody, I tell you!
So this all is being played out on the small screen, and I’m sitting there at my desk, sipping on a Diet Coke, doing ads or maybe laying out a magazine, checking out what George Takei is doing on Facebook… And that’s when it dawned on me…
The most stunning thing in human history has taken place, and yes, it was just a show, but I’m using it as a metaphor here. Also, yes, I’m a big fan of the Lord… but mostly, I’m just going about my business like nothing ever happened. Nice. Okay, so I’m closing in on 51 – a Christian for, I don’t know, 20+ years… and while I appreciate the facts and the doctrinal points, it has just now dawned on me what happened and what it meant… or what my tiny mind is able to comprehend of it, anyway.
I mean, there was an EARTH QUAKE!!! The sky went COMPLETELY DARK!! Dead people came OUT OF THEIR GRAVES AND WALKED AROUND THE CITY!!! The curtain (a heavy duty tapestry) in the temple that was made to keep us regular joes out was ripped in half!!! Even a Roman soldier, a highly trained military machine, could see that this was no ordinary event… he had just executed THE SON OF GOD!! This is stuff the Bible says will accompany the end of the world. That’s how big it was… this shift in the soul of the world and its people.
|Even this guy knew it was a big deal.|
I was raised in a Methodist Church. We rarely sang songs like Nothing But the Blood or There is a Fountain Filled with Blood. (We left it to the Baptists to ponder those things.) The cross displayed in our sanctuary was empty, rather than hung with the sculpted body of a bleeding, dying Jesus. Was it just too gruesome for us? Or… a tradition? Or just a way of pointing us toward Jesus’s resurrection instead? Of course I mentioned in this same blog that my personal viewing of The Last Temptation of Christ begged for depiction of the Resurrection. AND as Paul says, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins... If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (I Corinthians 15:17-19)
|The crucifix my son sees |
|And then the stone rolled.|