This is the finest film about the Messiah of Israel that I have witnessed.
Blessings I have Received from this film
1. Place in the Actual Cultural Setting
On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit of God descended from Heaven
to infill His body of believers... no new relgion was formed but rather the
fulfillment of the law and of the prophets of a well established faith of
Israel in the one and only true God, YHVH. Jesus of Nazareth, God's Messiah
came into the world and did the fulfilling and was now baptising believers
in His Spirit to empower them. All 3,120 that day who were baptised in the
Holy Ghost and in His name were children of Israel. It would not be until
much later during Peter's vision of Acts 10 that the first Gentiles would be
It is in this setting of Jewish believers in the promised Messiah that would
come that we find this film well laid. Joseph the carpenter and Mary his
espoused wife begin the awesome revelation of the Messiah to man. Much attention
is paid to their Jewish heritage, and that of Jesus born of the tribe of Judah.
Mary's experience with Gabriel and the following overshadowing results in a
surprized Joseph discussing with the Rabbis the situation, until he himself is
blessed by a visitation of an angel of God and told of the glory that he would
soon take part in.
The culture of the ancient Jews is perfectly depicted in the marriage of Joseph
and Mary and their wedding ceremony and feast are a joy to watch. The clothing,
the music, the vows all are well set in the tradition of the Jewish faith.
When Jesus is depicted as a young child, he is taught in the Jewish community in
which he lives in Nazareth of the traditions, customs of his heritage which above
all includes the fear of the Lord. At the appointed time, Jesus is Bar Mizvahed,
within the local temple congregation.
But when Jesus begins his ministry at the approximate age of thirty, Robert Powell
begins an inspired performance of the Christ who (as close as is possible by a
mortal man) portrays the teachings of the Christ is a powerful way. In the film,
he begins his ministry with his reading (of Himself) from Isaiah 61, as is recorded
in Luke chapter 4's account of his life. The beginning of his ministry totally
shocks the local congregation, as it normally would. Some consider it to be
As the film continues, Jesus assembles his disciples and again being true to the
times and the culture from which Jesus came into the world the Jewish lifestyles
of the disciples are well illustrated. The actor playing John has all the appearance
that one would imagine John to have, in that his Gospel is different than all the
others focusing on the loving relationship of Messiah to the world.
James Farantino in the role of Peter is excellent! Must be seen! He was a strong
fisherman and a natural leader, however his need for the Messiah is made absolutely
clear throughout the film.
2. Place in the Actual Cultural Setting
The political setting of the times, that of Roman domination of Judea
(and the rest of the world) is recreated along with the presentation of
the spirit of those longing to be free from Rome. This context reveals
in the film the outlook that many people of that time would have on the
coming of Messiah and what they would have expected from Him. This --
in contrast to the Godly purpose of Messiah, the redemption of man.
The performance by Ian Holm as Zarah the chief scribe of the temple
is one of the most stunning and realistic portrayals of character that
reaches the level of bringing understanding to the viewer about the
political implications that Jesus of Nazareth introduced into His society,
and that society's reaction to it. Ian Holm was simply brilliant.
3. Directed with a Santity of Spirit
The actor portraying the Christ does so with a compelling sanctity
which would draw any believer to the praise and glory of Jesus of Nazareth
as well as bringing many to faith. The screenplay dialogue is a close match
to the holy scriptures, thus the film being an actual presentation of the
Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah.
I can't say enough good things about this film, which is highly recommended to all.