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Emotional as the movie was, I was shocked by some of the things I saw...
For example, a scene where little Jewish children pursue Judas. There is no scriptural evidence that this happened. A friend of mine told me that he thought Judas was suffering from a hallucination. He later discarded that idea and said that it was an attempt to portray Jewish people as "little devils."
I do not believe either statement. It is hard to imagine what Mel Gibson was thinking when he put this scene in -- a scene that has no basis in scripture.
Herod is shown by Mel Gibson as a
pervert. I think it is
best to avoid adding things with no historical evidence.
We must not forget that this crowd of people who believed in Yeshua/Jesus and believed he was the true Messiah, the soon coming King of Israel, had just rejoiced a few days earlier as Jesus entered Jerusalem on what we nowadays celebrate as "Palm Sunday."
The actor that played the part of John showed no emotion whatsoever... and he was supposed to be the one Jesus loved the most.
The part that depicts Peter denying Jesus is not accurate according to scripture. In the movie they do not show Peter in the courtyard getting warm and denying Jesus 3 times. Neither did you see the cock crow.
Even so, I must applaud Mel's courage in creating this movie. Personally, I did not think the movie would do well, since it was filmed using ancient Aramaic, an almost dead language spoken in only a few places; ironically, Iraq is one of those, Syria is the other.
Mel tried to depict the agony that Jesus had to go through in the last hours of his life. He tried to incorporate in this movie what nobody had done in the last 2 millennia - show the brutality committed against a holy, just, and sinless man.
We can say that we killed Him with our sins, but the stark reality is that Yeshua, our Messiah, was killed by the Roman soldiers as per a decree by Pilate. We cannot blame the Jews, as only a small portion of them were part of the rabble that yelled "Crucify him," a rabble that was stirred up by religious leaders.
It was Pilate who had the authority and he allowed himself to be bent by the wishes of a noisy crowd. This crowd does not represent the Jews anymore that a group of unruly soccer fans represent Europeans.
Yeshua/Jesus had many followers among the Jewish population of Jerusalem. The Bible says:
Jesus death was instigated by the religious leaders. These people were more concerned with their position of leadership than in following YHVH the God of Israel. The Pharisees of Christ's time were fearful of what could happen if a religious "sect" such as Jesus' followers decided to oppose Rome.
Rome at the time of Christ was a gigantic empire, with all of Southern Europe, the North of Africa, and part of Asia under its control.
The Roman armies could come and destroy the whole city of Jerusalem, and the whole nation. Some of the Pharisees felt that it was better for one man to die than the whole nation.
We cannot say that the religious leaders were Christ's friends; no, the Pharisees were his enemies. On more than one occasion the Pharisees tried to stone Jesus to death, and this hatred was derived out of envy.
Still, it was the Roman soldiers that carried out the crucifixion, not the Pharisees. Pontius Pilate gave the order to have Christ whipped, and later Pilate ordered the crucifixion which was implemented by his legionnaires, even though Pilate had been warned by his wife not to do so:
Roman soldiers killed Christ, but they knew he was a just man; it was Pilate that said:
By giving in to a group of rabble rousers Pilate weakened the imperial Roman government. He should have stood up to the crowd and let justice prevail, but he set loose the evil Barabbas and executed the Son of God.
Rome was certainly an evil empire. Many of the Emperors, like Nero, were deviant perverts. Later on Rome tortured and killed many Christians, feeding them to the lions at the Circus Maximus. Still we should not feel hatred toward the Romans, but we should forgive them as Christ did. (To be continued.)
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