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700 Club Interactive:The Bible Mini Series - March 15, 2013

TV producer Mark Burnett and actress Roma Downey share about their latest collaboration, "The Bible" mini-series on History. Read Transcript


Gordon: INSIDE THE

HISTORY CHANNEL'S NEWEST

MINI SERIES.

BASED ON THE BEST-SELLING

BOOK OF ALL TIME.

IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF

OUR LITERATURE, OF OUR

LAWS.

Gordon: WE SIT DOWN

WITH PRODUCERS MARK BURNETT

AND ROMA DOWNEY ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

REALITY SHOW PRODUCER MARK

BURNETT, HE SEEMS TO OWN THE

AIRWAVES THESE DAYS.

HIS SHOWS, "SURVIVOR," "THE

VOICE," "SHARK TANK," SIT

ATOP THE RATINGS NIGHT IN

AND NIGHT OUT.

AND HIS WIFE, ROMA DOWNEY,

WAS A STAR IN THE SERIES

"TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL."

AND THEY HAVE PRODUCED

ANOTHER HIT SHOW, ON SUNDAY

NIGHTS, ONE THAT TELLS THE

GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD IN

A WAY NEVER TOLD BEFORE.

TAKE A LOOK.

GOD WARNED ME.

HE TOLD ME TO BUILD THE

BOAT.

GOD HAS SPOKEN TO ME.

HE WILL LEAD US TO A NEW

HOME.

HE HAS PROMISED DESCENDENTS

AS NUMEROUS AS THE STARS.

WHO ARE YOU?

MY NAME IS MOSES.

GOD HAS SENT ME TO SET

YOU FREE.

THE LORD BROUGHT US OUT

FROM EGYPT TO THE PROMISED

LAND.

SOON IT WILL BE OURS.

JERUSALEM IS OUR NEW

HOME.

DAVID, YOU WILL FORGE

GOD'S NATION ON EARTH.

GOD IS WITH US!

GOD IS WITH US!

GOD IS WITH US!

*

LOOK WHAT HE CAN DO.

[YELLING]

WHATEVER IS LEFT OF

JERUSALEM, HELP YOURSELVES.

GOD IS WITH US!

LADY, I BELIEVE YOUR SON

IS THE PROMISED KING OF HIS

PEOPLE.

WHAT IS HIS NAME?

JESUS.

HIS NAME IS JESUS.

Gordon: JOINING US NOW

ARE ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK

BURNETT, THE EXECUTIVE

PRODUCERS OF "THE BIBLE"

MINI SERIES.

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE

THE NUMBER ONE SHOW IN

TELEVISION.

AND NOW YOU'VE GOT THE BIBLE

TRENDING ON ALL SOCIAL

MEDIA.

DID YOU EVER THINK, WHEN YOU

WERE PRODUCING THIS, YOU

WOULD HAVE THIS KIND OF

SUCCESS?

WELL, WE CERTAINLY PRAYED

FOR IT, AND WE CERTAINLY

WERE REALLY HOPING.

WE KNOW THE BIBLE IS THE

FOUNDATION OF THE BIGGEST

FAITH IN OUR COUNTRY.

IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR

LITERATURE, OF OUR LAWS.

WE SO HOPED EVERYONE WOULD

TUNE IN, AND WE'RE SO GLAD.

A TOTAL OF 27 MILLION PEOPLE

WATCHED THE AIRING AND THE

RE-AIRING.

IT IS SUCH A BLESSING IT

HAS THIS KIND OF AN

OUTREACH.

BUT WE HAVE FRIENDS, AND WE

HAVE ADVISORS, AND WE HAVE

HAD THE WONDERFUL HELP AND

ASSISTANCE OF PASTORS ALL

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHO HAVE

MOBILIZED, FROM ALL

DENOMINATIONS, TO COME

TOGETHER, TO PUSH OUT THE

WORD ON THIS.

AND PEOPLE HAVE FOUND IT.

THE FAITHFUL HAVE FOUND IT.

IT IS JUST A BEAUTIFUL

TELLING OF GOD'S LOVE STORY

FOR ALL OF US.

Gordon: LET'S GO BACK

IN TIME, TO THE BEGINNING OF

THIS.

I KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW HARD IT

IS TO GET CHRISTIAN

TELEVISION ON THE AIR IN

AMERICA.

NUMBER ONE, HOW DID YOU FUND

IT, AND HOW DID YOU GET THE

CLEARANCE BEFORE YOU STARTED

SHOOTING?

IT REALLY CAME BACK FROM

A CALLING, AND ROMA SAYING

WE NEED TO DO THIS.

AND PRETTY QUICKLY WE

AGREED.

WE'VE NEVER, EVER LOOKED

BACK.

WE HAD NO TROUBLE GETTING

THE FINANCING.

WE HAD NO TROUBLE GETTING ON

TELEVISION.

IT'S GOD'S HAND.

IT HAS ALL HAPPENED.

AND RIGHT NOW IT IS ON

TELEVISION, AND IT IS A

NUMBER ONE SHOW.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY GOD'S

HAND.

WHAT ROMA SAID IS

IMPORTANT.

ACROSS ALL DENOMINATIONS,

FROM CATHOLIC CARDINALS TO

BAPTIST PASTORS TO BISHOPS,

ACROSS ALL DENOMINATIONS

PEOPLE HAVE COME TOGETHER.

PEOPLE HAVE RALLIED

TOGETHER IN ONE VOICE.

AND THAT'S VERY, VERY

EXCITING, THAT WE CAN FIND

ONE VOICE IN OUR FAITH.

YES.

IF YOU THINK OF IT, RICK

SAID TO ME THE OTHER DAY, IT

IS JOHN 17, THE WORLD IS

WON, W-O-N, WHEN THE CHURCH

IS ONE, O-N-E.

Gordon: AND IF YOU HAD

NO TROUBLE, THAT IS AN

ABSOLUTE MIRACLE.

DID YOU EVER THINK YOU HAD

TAKEN ON TOO BIG OF A

PROJECT TO TRY TO TELL THE

BIBLE IN 10 HOURS.

NO.

WE NEVER LOOKED BACK.

WE WISHED WE HAD MORE.

WE ONLY HAD 10 HOURS, AND WE

WISHED WE HAD A THOUSAND

HOURS.

BECAUSE THIS IS CLEARLY MORE

OF AN INTRODUCTION TO THE

BIBLE.

WE COULDN'T TELL ALL OF THE

STORIES IN THIS SHORT PERIOD

OF TIME.

WE DID BEGIN AT GENESIS.

WE ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH

REVOLUTION.

WE HAVE EPISODES OLD

TESTAMENT, FIVE EPISODES NEW

TESTAMENT.

AND WE TOLD IT AS A LOVE

STORY, WITH ALL ROADS

LEADING TO JESUS' COMING AND

THE REDEMPTION OF OUR STORY,

OF OUR FAITH.

Gordon: ROMA, THERE HAD

TO BE A MOMENT FOR YOU, I'VE

HEARD THE STORY, IN ORDER TO

CONVINCE THE ACTOR PLAYING

JESUS TO GO THROUGH THE

TEMPTATION SCENE, YOU

ACTUALLY GOT DOWN IN THE

DESERT AND HAD SNAKES CRAWL

OVER YOU.

YOU'RE FAMOUS FOR BEING

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, AND NOW

YOU'RE FAMOUS FOR BEING

TOUCHED BY SNAKES.

I TOOK ONE FOR THE TEAM.

Gordon: DIDN'T YOU

HAVE, LIKE, A STUNT PRODUCER

TO FILL IN FOR YOU?

WE HAD -- THE FIRST FACE

DAY THAT D DIOGO, WHO PLAYS

JESUS, HE WAS TEMPTED.

AND WE CAST THE SNAKE TO

CRAWL ACROSS HIS BODY, AND

MARK -- IT WAS MARK'S IDEA,

AND HE SAYS WHO IS GOING TO

TELL DIOGO.

HE SAID, I HAVE AN IDEA, WHY

DON'T YOU LIE ON THE GROUND,

AND WE'LL LET THE SNAKE

CRAWL OVER YOU, AND WE'LL

TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH, AND IF HE

SEES YOU DOING IT, HOW CAN

HE REFUSE.

SO THAT'S WHAT WE DID, AND I

DID, AND DIOGO WAS A GOOD

SPORT ABOUT IT.

THAT WAS HIS VERY DAY ON THE

SET.

IN ANY JOB YOU'RE A BIT

NERVOUS.

YOUR FIRST DAY SHOWING UP ON

A SET WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING

THE LORD, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

HOW NERVOUS HE WAS.

BUT HE GOT DOWN THERE AND HE

DID IT, AND IT IS A VERY

POWERFUL SCENE.

BUT WE HAD SNAKES ALL OVER

THE SET, GARD. SET-- GORDON.

WE HAD A MAN WHO'S JOB IT

WAS TO CLEAR THE MAKES AND

SCORPIONS.

BUT ON THE DAY THAT WE

FILMED THE CRUCIFIXION

SEQUENCE, HE CLEARED 42

SNAKES FROM THE FOOT OF THE

CROSS.

Gordon: YOU TWO MUST

HAVE A REALLY STRONG

MARRIAGE IF YOUR HUSBAND CAN

SUGGEST YOU HAVE A SNAKE

CRAWL OVER YOU, AND YOU SAY,

OKAY, DEAR, I'LL DO THIS.

WE HAVE COME THROUGH THIS

FOUR YEARS WORKING ON THIS,

AND WE'RE SO GLAD WE'RE

STILL TOGETHER.

IT HAS DEEPENED OUR

MARRIAGE, AND IT HAS

DEEPENED OUR FAME AS WELL.

Gordon: WHAT HAS BEEN

THE RESPONSE SO FAR FROM

NON-BELIEVERS?

I THINK PEOPLE ARE LOVING

THE VISIBLE EFFECTS.

THEY'RE LOVING THE STORY.

AND THEY'RE SO CURIOUS.

THAT WAS ONE OF OUR BIG

GOALS, GETTING PEOPLE TO

TALK ABOUT THE BIBLE AND

KNOW THESE STORIES.

WE KNEW THE BELIEVERS WOULD

FIND IT, BUT THE SECULAR

AUDIENCE IS FINDING IT.

THIS IS A MONUMENTAL MOMENT

RIGHT NOW, AN OPPORTUNITY TO

REACH MORE PEOPLE TO

UNDERSTAND OUR STORY.

Gordon: MARK, YOU SAID

YOU WANT A BILLION PEOPLE TO

WATCH THIS SERIES.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR

DISTRIBUTION AROUND THE

WORLD?

THE FIRST THING, WE'RE

RUSHING THE D.V.D. OUT.

WE HAVE LEARNED THIS WEEK

MANY PEOPLE DON'T HAVE CABLE

TV.

SO WE'RE RUSHING THE D.V.D.

OUT WITH SPANISH SUB

TITLES.

IT COMES OUT APRIL 2nd.

WE JUST WANT IT TO BE

AVAILABLE TO EVERYBODY RIGHT

AWAY.

WE THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD

HAVE THIS AND EVERYBODY

SHOULD SEE THIS.

AND WE PUBLISHED A BOOK

ON THE SCRIPTS.

THE THEOLOGICAL ADVISORS

LOVED THE SCRIPTS.

AND THE BOOK IS CALLED "THE

STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US,"

AND IT MIRRORS THE SERIES,

WITH THE ADDITION OF THE

STORY OF JOSEPH.

ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO MAKE

MORE PEOPLE THINK ABOUT AND

TALK ABOUT THE BIBLE AND GOD

IN A GOOD THING, AND I THINK

WE ARE DOING THAT.

YEAH.

WE WANTED TO ENCOURAGE

PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN

SCRIPTURE, ENGAGE IN THE

STORIES.

WE TRIED TO DRAW THEM IN AND

MAKE EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

SO THEY COULD COME INTO THE

PAGES OF THE BOOK AND WALK

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THESE

GREAT CHARACTERS.

AND ALSO, GORDON, THIS

SERIES DOESN'T TALK AT

ANYBODY.

IT DOESN'T PREACH AND TELL

YOU HOW YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO

FEEL.

IT JUST LET'S YOU FEEL IT.

Gordon: MARK, ROMA,

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN.

IT'S QUITE A SUCCESS TO BE

THE NUMBER ONE SHOW IN

TELEVISION, AND WHAT YOU'RE

DOING TO IMPACT THE CULTURE

BOTH HERE IN AMERICA AND

AROUND THE WORLD,

CONGRATULATIONS.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US

TODAY.

THE BIBLE CONTINUES THIS

SUNDAY ON THE HISTORY

CHANNEL AT 8 P.M. EASTERN

STANDARD TIME, AND IT WILL

RUN ALL THE WAY THROUGH

EASTER SUNDAY ON MARCH 31ST,

AND MARK AND ROMA HAVE

RELEASED A FEW BOOKS ABOUT

THE MINI SERIES.

THE FIRST "THE STORY OF GOD

AND ALL OF US," AND THE

SECOND IS A YOUNGER VERSION,

AND THE THIRD IS A 30-DAY

DAILY DEVOTION BASED ON THE

MINI SERIES.

WE'VE GOT A SPECIAL SECTION

ON OUR WEBSITE, AND YOU CAN

SEE THAT AND WATCH THE

TRAILERS.

WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE OF

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE" RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: FROM ITS

OPENING PAGES, "THE BIBLE"

TELLS THE STORY ABOUT THE

NEED FOR A SAVIOR.

2,000 YEARS AGO, THE JEWISH

PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR A

MESSIAH TO OVERTHROW THE

ROMANS AND RESTORE THE

KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.

BUT FROM MOSES TO ISAIAH

DESCRIBE A VERY DIFFERENT

KIND OF MESSIAH, AND ONLY

ONE MAN IN HISTORY FIT THEIR

DESCRIPTION.

FIRST CENTURY JUDEA WAS A

SMALL PROVINCE RULED BY

ROME, AND READY FOR A

REVOLUTION.

THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE

READY.

THEY HAD BEEN UNDER ROMAN

RULE, AND BEFORE THAT UNDER

GREEK RULE.

THEY WERE PRAYING FOR

DELIVERANCE.

THEY WERE READY TO WELCOME

MESSIAH.

Gordon: THEY WANTED A

POLITICAL LEADER.

INSTEAD, JESUS CAME AS A

MIRACLE-WORKER, WHO REACHED

OUT TO JEWS AND GENTILES

ALIKE.

JESUS HAS TO SAY RE-THINK

YOUR DEFINITION OF MESSIAH.

Gordon: IN THE VILLAGE

OF NAZARETH, THE SON OF A

CARPENTER STOOD UP IN THE

SYNAGOGUE AND READ THE WORDS

OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH: "THE

SPIRIT OF THE LORD GOD IS

UPON ME BECAUSE THE LORD HAS

ANOINTED ME TO PREACH GOOD

TIDINGS TO THE POOR.

HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE

BROKENHEARTED AND DECLARE

LIBERTY FOR THE CAPTIVES."

HE SAYS HIS SCRIPTURE IS

FULFILLED.

AND JESUS IS SAYING, I'M THE

ONE, JUST AS THE SCRIPTURE

SAID.

Gordon: THE PEOPLE OF

NAZARETH REJECTED JESUS'

CLAIM.

JUST AS THE PROPHETS HAD

WRITTEN.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE

PEOPLE WERE NOT EXPECTING.

THERE WAS NOT AN EXPECTATION

IN THE JEWISH PEOPLE, IN

JESUS' DAY, THAT THE MESSIAH

WAS GOING TO DIE A

CRIMINAL'S DEATH AND BE

REJECTED.

Gordon: ISAIAH SAID HE

WOULD BE DESPISED AND

REJECTED BY MAN.

AND DAVID SAID, "THOSE WHO

HATE ME WITHOUT A CAUSE ARE

MORE THAN THE HAIRS OF MY

HEAD."

JESUS' OWN FAMILY SAID HE

WAS OUT OF HIS MIND.

AS DAVID HAS PROPHESIED, HE

HAD BECOME A STRANGER TO HIS

OWN BROTHERS.

THE GOSPELS ALL SHOW THAT

DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY,

HIS FAMILY DID NOT BELIEVE

HE WAS THE MESSIAH.

IT WOULD BE VERY HARD FOR

ANY OF US, I THINK, IF WE

HAD A SIBLING GROW UP WITH

US TO SUDDENLY SEE THAT

PERSON AS GOD'S ANSWER FOR

HUMAN SALVATION.

Gordon: JESUS LEFT

NAZARETH AND MOVE TO

CAPIRMUM.

AND THIS FISHING VILLAGE

BECAME THE CENTER OF JESUS'

MINISTRY, JUST AS ISAIAH HAD

WRITTEN.

IN THE FUTURE, HE WILL HONOR

GALLEGALILEE OF THE

GENTILES.

AND ISAIAH PREDICTED THE

NAME OF THE ROAD THAT LED

THROUGH CAPINUM, THE WAY OF

THE SEA.

IN ISAIAH'S TIME, THIS ROAD

WAS KNOWN AS THE WAY OF THE

PHILISTINES.

600 YEARS LATER, THE ROMANS

CONQUERED JUDEA, AND GAVE

THE ROME A LATIN NAME, THE

WAY OF THE SEA.

THIS WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT

ROUTE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD.

IT BROUGHT TRAVELLERS FROM

ASIA, AFRICA, AND EUROPE, TO

THE SHORES OF GALILEE.

THIS MARKS THE SPOT WHERE

THE VIAMAUS RAN THROUGH

CAPIRNUM.

ARCHEOLOGY TELLS THE STORY

OF JESUS, STARTING WITH THE

HOUSE OF WORSHIP.

HERE HE USED A STORY-TELLING

DEVICE PROPHESIED IN A

PSALM.

I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN A

PARABLE, AND I WILL UTTER

DARK SAYINGS OF OLD.

IT WAS HERE THAT JESUS MET

THE SYNAGOGUE'S RULER, AND

RAISED HIS DAUGHTER FROM THE

DEAD.

ISAIAH HAD PROPHESIED

ISROLA, THE HEALER, THEN

WILL THE EYES OF THE BLIND

BE OPEN, AND THE EARS OF THE

DEATH UNSTOPPED.

THEN WILL THE LAME LEAP LIKE

A DEER, AND THE MUTE TONGUES

SHOUT FOR JOY.

ACROSS FROM THE SYNAGOGUE

ARE THE RUINS OF SIMON AND

PETER'S HOUSE.

AFTER JESUS' DEATH, IT

BECAME A MEETING PLACE FOR

HIS FOLLOWERS.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S FIRST

HOUSE CHURCHES.

HERE ON THE SEA OF GALILEE,

JESUS PERFORMED TWO

EXTRAORDINARY MIRACLES.

BOTH WERE PROPHESIED SEVERAL

TIMES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.

THE PSALM SAID HE WOULD CALM

THE STORM, RULE THE RAGING

OF THE SEA, STILL THE WAVES

AND WALK ON THE WINGS OF THE

WIND.

THE BOOK OF JOB EVEN

PREDICTED HE WOULD TRADE ON

THE WAVES OF THE SEA.

HUNDREDS OF YEARS EARLIER,

ISAIAH HAD WRITTEN THAT THE

JEWISH MESSIAH WOULD ALSO BE

A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES.

THE MIRACLES HAPPEN, AND

THE AWARENESS GROWS.

BUT HE UNDERSTANDS, HIMSELF,

FIRST OF ALL TO BE SENT TO

THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE

OF ISRAEL, NOT JUST TO THE

GENTILES AS WELL.

HE IS JUST GOING TO FOCUS ON

ISRAEL.

Reporter: THEN JESUS

MET A GENTILE WOMAN WHO

ASKED HIM TO HEAL HER

DAUGHTER.

HE SAYS, JESUS, I MAY BE

A DOG, BUT MAY I HAVE A

CRUMB, YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO

GIVE.

AND JESUS STOPS, AND WHAT

THIS WOMAN SAYS TO HIM

ARRESTS HIM.

HE SAYS THIS UNDERSTANDING

HAS HIT ME TO THE CORE.

BECAUSE OF THIS SAYING, HE

SAYS, YOUR REQUEST IS

GRANTED.

BECAUSE OF THIS SAYING --

THE WORD IS RAMA, AND WHAT

IS IT THAT SHE HAS SAID TO

HIM.

SHE SAYS, JESUS, YOU MAY BE

THE JEWISH MESSIAH, AND I

THINK YOU ARE, BUT DON'T YOU

KNOW WHAT GOD SAID TO

ABRAHAM, THAT THROUGH HIS

SEED, EVEN THE GENTILES

WOULD BE BLESSED.

Gordon: BEFORE HIS

DEATH, JESUS LEFT HIS

DISCIPLES WITH A PROMISE:

"HE H WHO BELIEVES IN ME,

THE WORKS THAT I DO, HE WILL

DO ALSO, AND GREATER WORKS

THAN THESE."

2,000 YEARS LATER THAT

PROMISE IS STILL BEING

FULFILLED.

FOLLOWERS OF JESUS ARE

HEALING THE SICK, RAISING

THE DEAD, AND TAKING HIS

MESSAGE AROUND THE WORLD.

A CARPENTER FROM

NAZARETH, WHO BASICALLY

NEVER LEFT HIS HOMELAND HIS

ENTIRE LIFE, IS NOW THE BEST

KNOWN NAME IN THE ENTIRE

WORLD.

WE DIVIDE HISTORY AND THE

WESTERN WORLD BASED ON HIS

BIRTH.

HIS OWN PEOPLE REJECT HIM,

AND HE GOES TO BE A LIGHT TO

THE NATIONS, THE ENDS OF THE

EARTH.

IT HAS ALL BE PROPHESIED.

IT HAS ALL BEEN DECLARED.

Gordon: UNDERSTAND THE

PROPHECIES IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT, AND ONE OF THE

GREAT REVELATIONS THAT YOU

GET FROM READING THE BIBLE

IS WHEN YOU FIND JESUS IN

THE OLD TESTAMENT.

YOU FIND BOTH THE

PREDICTIONS OF HIS LIFE, THE

PREDICTIONS OF HIS DEATH AND

RESURRECTION.

AND IT'S INCREDIBLE, WHEN

YOU START TO REALIZE THAT HE

IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA.

THAT HE WAS THERE AT

CREATION, AND HE WALKED

THROUGH ALL THE OLD

TESTAMENT.

AND WHEN YOU FIND THOSE

STORIES, IT WILL REALLY

ENCOURAGE YOUR FAITH BECAUSE

THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON IN

HISTORY WHO HAS FULFILLED

THOSE PROPHECIES, AND WILL

FILL FULL THEM EVEN MORE

WHEN HE COMES BACK AGAIN.

IF YOU WANT TO READ HIM,

MORE STORIES ABOUT THE LIFE

OF JESUS, AND THE PROPHECIES

THAT SURROUNDED HIS BIRTH,

YOU CAN GO TO OUR SPECIAL

PAGE AT CBN.COM.

COMING UP, WE'LL HEAD TO THE

HOLY LAND AND FIND OUT HOW

ONE BLIND MAN REGAINED HIS

SIGHT.

Gordon: EVERY YEAR TENS

OF THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS

VISIT BETHLEHEM, AND IT

DRIVES THE ECONOMY THERE AND

PROVIDED A STEADY INCOME FOR

ONE WOOD WORKER, UNTIL HE

STARTED TO GO BLIND.

Reporter: MOST TOURISTS

IN THE HOLY LAND PICK UP

SOME SOUVENIERS FOR PEOPLE

BACK HOME.

SOME BUY THEIR TRINKETS FROM

MICHAEL, A PALESTINIAN

CHRISTIAN WHO HELPS PROVIDE

FOR THREE GENERATIONS OF HIS

FAMILY.

MY SON DIED SIX YEARS

AGO, SO WE ARE RAISING HIS

CHILDREN.

I AM 77 YEARS OLD, BUT I

HAVE TO KEEP WORKING SO I

CAN TAKE CARE OF THEM.

I CAN'T DO ANYTHING ELSE.

Reporter: WITHOUT

MICHAEL'S INCOME, HIS FAMILY

WOULD STRUGGLE JUST TO PAY

RENT AND PUT FOOD ON THE

TABLE.

BUT HE IS WORRIED HE'LL HAVE

TO QUIT HIS JOB BECAUSE HE

IS LOSING HIS SIGHT.

I'VE BEEN BLIND IN MY

LEFT EYE FOR FIVE YEARS.

NOW MY RIGHT EYE IS GOING

BAD.

I CAN HARDLY SEE THE PRICES

ON THINGS AT WORK.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" PAID

FOR MICHAEL TO GO TO

ST. JOHN'S EYE HOSPITAL, AN

EYE CLINIC THAT HAS BEEN

OPERATING IN ISRAEL AND THE

WEST BANK SINCE 1882.

SOON AFTER THE SURGERY,

MICHAEL WAS BACK AT WORK AND

COULD SEE BETTER THAN HE HAD

IN DECADES.

I CAN SEE EVERYTHING, AND

YOU GAVE ME NEW GLASSES, SO

I CAN SEE ESPECIALLY WELL.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

"OPERATION BLESSING,"

MICHAEL WILL BE ABLE TO WORK

AND SUPPORT HIS FAMILY FOR

MANY YEARS TO COME.

WITHOUT THAT OPERATION, I

WOULD HAVE GONE BLIND.

YOU PICKED ME UP AND GAVE ME

A NEW LIFE.

Gordon: IF YOU'RE A

MEMBER OF "THE 700 CLUB,"

THANK YOU, BECAUSE YOU'RE

PART OF THAT.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT GOES

INTO THE WORK OF "OPERATION

BLESSING" TO HELP PEOPLE,

AND HELP THEM AROUND THE

WORLD.

RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA WE'RE

FEEDING THREE MILLION

AMERICANS EVERY SINGLE MONTH

THROUGH "OPERATION

BLESSING."

BUT WE'RE ALSO REACHING OUT

IN VERY TANGIBLE WAYS TO

PEOPLE LIVING IN ISRAEL, AND

HELPING THEM AS WELL.

IF YOU WANT TO DESIGNATE

YOUR GIFT TO HELP THOSE IN

ISRAEL, YOU CAN DO THAT BY

JUST SAYING I WANT TO GIVE

TO "OPERATION BLESSING"

ISRAEL, OR YOU CAN JUST JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB" BECAUSE YOU

KNOW A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT

IS GOING INTO THE WORK OF

"OPERATION BLESSING."

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IT,

CALL US.

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HOW MUCH IS IT TO JOIN?

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DAY, AND YOU JOIN WITH TENS

OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT

SAY YES, WE WANT TO HELP

PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE A

HOPE AND A FUTURE.

NOT JUST A HANDOUT, BUT A

HAND-UP, SO THEY CAN HAVE A

LIFE.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

IT, YOU'RE PART OF ALL OF IT

WHEN YOU JOIN "THE 700

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SO DO IT NOW.

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THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE

INTERACT WITH YOU.

AND WE'VE GOT SOME QUESTIONS

IN OUR CHATROOM.

LET'S GO TO SARAH TO SEE

WHAT THEY ARE.

YES.

GORDON, MARIE ASKS, "JESUS

SAID HE CAME TO FULFILL THE

LAW.

DOES THAT MEAN THE LAWS OF

THE OLD TESTAMENT NO LONGER

APPLY?"

Gordon: THAT'S A BIG

THEOLOGICAL QUESTION.

LET ME TRY TO ANSWER IT IN

TWO PARTS.

THE FIRST PART IS JESUS CAME

TO FULFILL THE LAW, WHICH

MEANS HE IS THE ONLY PERSON

IN HISTORY WHO LIVED A

SINLESS LIFE.

THAT HE OBSERVED EVERY ONE

OF THE COMMANDMENTS AND THE

TORAH, WHICH IS THE FIRST

FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.

HE OBSERVED EVERY SINGLE ONE

AND LIVED A SINLESS LIFE.

THAT'S WHY HIS SACRIFICE IS

THE SUBSTITUTE FOR US, AND

WE'RE ALL WORTHY OF DEATH.

WE'VE ALL SINNED.

WE'VE ALL MISSED THE MARK.

WE'VE ALL FALLEN SHORT.

YOU NEED TO LOOK AT IT FROM

THAT PERSPECTIVE.

NOW, THE REASON CHRISTIANS

DON'T FOLLOW THE TORAH TODAY

HAS TO DO WITH THE COUNCIL

OF JERUSALEM.

YOU FIND THE DESCRIPTION OF

THAT IN ACTS 15.

THE EARLY DISCIPLES, WHO ARE

NOW APOSTLES, ARE STRUGGLING

WITH WHAT ARE WE PREACHING?

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD

NEWS WE'RE PREACHING?

THE GOSPEL IS THE MESSIAH

HAS COME, AND HIS DEATH AND

RESURRECTION PROVIDED THE

PATHWAY FOR US TO GO TO

GOD.

SO OBSERVING OF THE LAW

DOESN'T GET YOU THERE, BUT

HAVING FAITH IN JESUS DOES.

SO THEY DECIDED TO NOT HAVE

THE TORAH APPLY TO THE NEW

GENTILE CONVERTS THAT WERE

COMING INTO THE CHURCH.

SO THAT'S WHY CHRISTIANS

DON'T OBSERVE THE TORAH.

IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF JESUS

SAYING I CAME TO FULFILL THE

LAW.

LET'S GO BACK TO SARAH FOR

ANOTHER QUESTION.

SARAH WOULD LIKE TO KNOW,

"WHAT DOES THE BIBLE MEAN

WITH FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS

DEAD.

DOES THAT MEAN YOU WON'T GO

TO HEAVEN IF YOU DON'T WORK

HARD ENOUGH FOR IT?"

Gordon: NO, IT DOESN'T

MEAN THAT.

SALVATION IS NOT BY WORKS.

PAUL SAID, LEST ANYONE WOULD

BOAST.

YOU ARE SAVED THROUGH THE

DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF

JESUS CHRIST AND YOUR FAITH

WITH THAT.

JAMES SAYS FAITH WITHOUT

WORKS IS DEAD BECAUSE IF YOU

SAY YOU HAVE ALL OF THIS

FAITH AND THERE IS NO SIGN

ACCOMPANYING IT, THERE IS NO

WORKING OF MIRACLES, THERE

IS NO ACCESS INTO THE SUPER

NATURAL, IF YOU'RE NOT

ACTING YOUR FAITH, THEN WHAT

ARE YOU REALLY DOING?

ARE YOU JUST PRETENDING.

AND SO LOOK FOR THE SIGNS TO

FOLLOW THE BELIEF, AND

THAT'S WHAT THAT VERSE

MEANS.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JOHN: "IN THE

BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND

THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND

THE WORD WAS GOD."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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