Holy Week, Easter, and “The Bible” Series

Bible Series

The Easter season was special in many ways this year… On Palm Sunday, after praying that God would save my mom a palm and a bulletin (since I couldn’t to her church on time), there in my path was one big, fat palm, while one bulletin was partially hidden under a clipboard. No others were in sight anywhere. I checked. God’s so sweet…

Then, during Holy Week, passages in Scripture seemed to leap off the page. Yes, every day the Word is alive, but during Holy Week, some days felt like God was using a custom-made never-before-seen neon color to point out certain passages. One of those was Psalm 28, verse 7, from the Amplified Bible: “The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.” Perfect assurance.

Or sometimes it was catching the right song at the right time, or walking into a room to hear the right words from someone on television. Everything was perfect this past week, in that regard. I believe life can be perfect all the time in that sense, when you’re walking with Him. Even if everything else seems to be falling apart or seems unsteady, when He’s beside you, everything is perfect. If the God of the Universe is holding your hand, you know everything is working together for good somehow…

And, finally, yes…I did watch the last three parts of the “The Bible” series on the History Channel. My mom and I and a family friend watched it together. (I wrote about the first two weeks, then got sidetracked again by life. ; ) Here’s my review, the short version: I LOVED IT! : ) As mentioned earlier, I felt the heart of God radiated throughout this series. Sure, artistic license was taken, but that was fine; there were no major issues changed, and if something was left out, give the producers credit for working their way all the way through to Revelation in just 10 hours…

The casting directors should be applauded. As an actor, I found no false notes in any of the acting. I absolutely loved everyone. Along with the solid directing, this entire creative team caused me to feel and consider what the people from the Bible went through. Sometimes, as humans, if we know a story well enough, we glide right through it. But each story told in this series brought newness; I loved that most of all.

The third week introduced Diogo Morgado as “Jesus.” Fantastic! He played the role of The Messiah with such grace and love and strength. Just the right amount of every attribute you can imagine about Jesus. And playing off him, Darwin Shaw was excellent as Peter. I thought their first exchange was artistically brilliant. And the meeting of Paul and Ananias had so many layers… Oh I could go on and on about spot-on, beautiful acting moments in this series… And all those honest performances caught my heart greatly… Tears flowed…

But so did reassurance… His reassurance…that He’ll never leave us nor forsake us…that, like Psalm 28:7 states, He will be our strength — and we do have a reason to be joyful: He’s left us His Holy Spirit, and He will be back again… At our Father’s appointed time, Jesus will return. It’s not over… And how beautiful is that…

I hope you all had a very blessed Easter also!

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