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700 Club Interactive: Son of God - March 7, 2014

Hear the story behind Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s latest film, “Son of God.” Read Transcript


AND HE SHALL RISE OUT OF

ISRAEL.

Gordon: GO BEHIND THE

SCENES OF THE NEW MOVIE "SON

OF GOD."

WE JUST THOUGHT THIS WAS

AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING

JESUS TO THE BIG SCREEN FOR

A WHOLE NEW GENERATION.

Gordon: 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.

WELL, GOOD MORNING, AND

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

THE BEST-SELLING BOOK OF ALL

TIMES IS ALSO ONE OF THE

HIGHEST RATED TV PROGRAMS OF

ALL TIME.

MORE THAN 100 MILLION

VIEWERS WATCHED LAST YEAR'S

MINI SERIES "THE BIBLE" ON

THE HISTORY CHANNEL.

AND NOW THE SAME PRODUCERS,

ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK

BURNETT, HAVE BROUGHT THE

LIFE OF JESUS TO THE BIG

SCREEN.

Terry: THE MOVIE "SON

OF GOD" IS OFF TO A FAST

START AT THE MOVIE THEATER.

RICK WARREN TWEETED THIS,

ALTHOUGH THAT HIS LOCAL

THEATERS WERE COMPLETELY

SOLD OUT.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAD A CHANCE

TO TALK WITH THE PRODUCERS

ABOUT THEIR NEW FILM AND

THEIR FAITH.

THE STAR SHALL COME OUT

OF JACOB, AND THE SEPTOR

SHALL RISE OUT OF ISRAEL.

THE WORD BECAME FLESH.

Reporter: FROM HUMBLE

BIRTH TO MIRACULOUS

RESURRECTION, JESUS' STORY

BECOMES LARGER THAN LIFE IN

THE FILM "SON OF GOD."

WE JUST KNEW THAT THE

JESUS STORY NEEDED TO BE

PRESENTED IN A STAND-ALONE

EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: CO-PRODUCER

ROMA DOWNEY IS BEST KNOWN

FOR HER ROLE ON THE HIT

TELEVISION SERIES "TOUCHED

BY AN ANGEL."

HER HUSBAND AND PARTNER,

MARK BURNETT, IS THE

CREATIVE GENIUS BEHIND

REALITY SHOWS "SURVIVOR,"

"THE VOID," AND "SHARK

TANK."

THEY CAME UP WITH THE IDEA

OF THIS FILM WHILE PRODUCING

THE WILDLY SUCCESSFUL MINI

SERIES, "THE BIBLE," FOR THE

HISTORY CHANNEL.

WHILE WE WERE MAKING THE

MINI SERIES, ROMA LOOKED AT

ME AND SAID THIS SHOULD BE

ON THE BIG MOVIE SCREEN.

SO WE STARTED THIS TWO YEARS

AGO, WAY BEFORE THE SERIES

CAME OUT.

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?

YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD.

YOU COULDN'T HAVE KNOWN

THIS BY WHAT YOU KNOW OF ME,

PETER.

JESUS HASN'T BEEN ON THE

BIG SCREEN FOR 10 YEARS,

SINCE PASSION OF THE LIFE.

AND HIS WHOLE LIFE HASN'T

BEEN SEEN ON THE SCREEN FOR

50 YEARS.

SO WE JUST THOUGHT THIS WAS

AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING

JESUS TO THE BIG SCREEN FOR

A WHOLE NEW GENERATION.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

SHOT THIS FILM ON LOCATION

IN MOROCCO, WITH AN

INTERNATIONAL CAST THAT

INCLUDES SOME FAMILIAR FACES

FROM THE BIBLE MINI SERIES,

LIKE DIOGO MORCALDO AS

JESUS.

MY SON.

DON'T BE AFRAID.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH

GOD.

Reporter: ROMA, YOU

PLAY THE MOTHER OF JESUS, AS

YOU DID IN THE MINI SERIES.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO BE

MARY?

OH, GOSH, IT WAS JUST

SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE

TO STEP INTO THE ROLE.

I NEVER FULLY CONSIDERED

WHAT THE MOTHER OF JESUS

COULD HAVE BEEN THINKING,

PARTICULARLY IN THOSE SCENES

AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS.

I JUST TRIED TO BRING A

MOTHER'S HEART TO THE ROLE,

WHAT A MOTHER MIGHT FEEL,

AND IT WAS A PROFOUNDLY

MOVING EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: "SON THE GOD"

HITS THE BIG SCREEN AT A

TIME WHEN HOLLYWOOD IS

EXPERIENCING A FAITH

REVIVAL, SO TO SPEAK.

A NEW HOLLYWOOD FILM IS IN

PRODUCTION IN THE HOLY

LAND.

AND THERE IS ALREADY LOTS OF

BUZZ ABOUT "NOAH," SET TO

HIT THEATERS ONLY WEEKS

AFTER "SON OF GOD'S"

RELEASE.

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN,

SPEAK THE VOICE OF THE AIR.

HOW MUCH MORE WILL HE GIVE

TO YOU?

Reporter: THIS FILM IS

ALSO GETTING A BOX OFFICE

BOOST, WITH MEGA CHURCH

PASTORS LIKE JOEL OSTEEN AND

RICK WARREN LEADING A

THEATER TAKEOVER CAMPAIGN,

BUYING OUT SCREENS IN

MULTIPLE THEATERS.

>

PUT GOD FIRST AND

EVERYTHING ELSE WILL

FOLLOW.

WHAT MATTERS IS HOW GOOD

IS THE MOVIE.

AND WE'VE NOW BEEN TO 20

CITIES AND DONE PREVIEW

SCREENINGS, AND PEOPLE ARE

LOVING THE MOVIE

EXPERIENCE.

IT IS EPIC.

THERE'S LOTS OF ACTION.

IT'S DRAMATIC, BUT IT'S ALSO

SO INTIMATE.

Reporter: HOW DID THIS

IMPACT YOUR PERSONAL LIVES?

HOW DID THIS AFFECT YOUR

WALK, AS YOU'RE MAKING THIS

AND TELLING THE STORY OF

JESUS?

I THINK BECAUSE THE THING

THAT COULD HAPPEN TO

ANYBODY, AS YOU BELIEVE IN

JESUS, AS YOU WORK ON THIS,

IS FOR YOUR FAITH TO GET

DEEPER AND DEEPER.

AND, ALSO, WE'RE MARRIED.

IT IS A GREAT, GREAT JOURNEY

FOR US.

AND WE'RE STILL

SPEAKING.

I'M MARRIED TO AN ANGEL.

WE ALWAYS JOKE SOME

COUPLES CAN'T EVEN WORK IN

THE GARDEN TOGETHER, AND

WE'VE BEEN PRODUCING

TOGETHER FOR ALMOST FIVE

YEARS, AND IT HAS BEEN

GREAT.

IT HAS DEEPENED OUR

FRIENDSHIP, DEEPENED OUR

MARRIAGE, AND DEEPENED OUR

FAITH.

Reporter: AND A DEEPER

FAITH IS THEIR PRAYER FOR

ALL WHO SEE THE FILM.

ARE YOU THE SON OF GOD?

I AM.

Reporter: EPHRAIM

GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

WOULD DO YOU SAY?

Terry: LOOKS LIKE A

PHENOMENAL PRODUCTION.

PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THE

MOVIE THEATER, AND IN GOING,

THEY'RE ASKING QUESTIONS.

CAROL SAYS, "THE ACTOR IN

SON OF GOD HAS BEEN CALLED

HOT JESUS.

IT HAS BEEN A TRENDING TOPIC

ON TWITTER.

BUT I HAVE HEARD THAT HOT

JESUS ISN'T HISTORICALLY

ACCURATE.

SO WHAT DID HE REALLY LOOK

LIKE?"

Gordon: WELL, CAROL,

JESUS PROBABLY DIDN'T LOOK

LIKE A PORTUGUESE ACTOR.

THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF

RECONSTRUCTIONS.

THERE IS THE ACTOR WHO IS

PLAYING JESUS IN "SON OF

GOD."

THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF

RE-CREATION.

WUN DONE BY POPULAR

MECHANICS, AND IF WE CAN GET

THAT UP ON THE SCREEN.

HERE IS A LOOK AT WHAT A

GALILEEAN WOULD LOOK LIKE.

AND THAT IS BASED ON SOME

D.N.A. EVIDENCE THEY HAVE

UNCOVERED IN THE CEMETERIES

THERE.

THAT MAY BE A MORE ACCURATE

PORTRAYAL OF WHAT JESUS

LOOKED LIKE.

HERE IS A 3D VERSION OF THE

SHROWD OF TORRIN, AND THAT

HAS ONE OF THE MOST

INCREDIBLE IMAGES I'VE EVER

SEEN.

I'M NOT GOING TO SPECULATE

IS THIS SHROWD THE REAL

SHROWD OR NOT, BECAUSE I

THINK THERE ARE GOOD

ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES,

IT'S NOT AND THEN IT IS.

BUT IT IS A PHENOMENAL IMAGE

AND A VERY HAUNTING ONE OF

WHAT SOMEONE IN THE DISTRESS

OF CRUCIFIXION WOULD LOOK

LIKE IN THEIR BURIAL CLOTH.

Terry: IT IS REALLY

QUITE ASTONISHING, THE

THINGS THAT POINT TO THE

FACT THAT IT VERY WELL COULD

BE AN ACCURATE PORTRAYAL.

I REALIZE THAT THE PEOPLE

WHO WERE WRITING THE BOOK

WERE VALIDATED, BUT

NONETHELESS --

Gordon: WELL, THE

BEATINGS ON THE BACK, AND

THE NAIL PIERCINGS THROUGH

THE WRIST AS OPPOSED TO THE

HAND, ALL OF THOSE POINT TO

A DEGREE OF ACCURACY THAT

ARE CERTAINLY UNUSUAL.

Terry: YES.

IT IS A FASCINATING THING.

SOMETHING TO LOOK INTO.

I THINK YOU WOULD FIND IT

INTERESTING.

HERE IS ANOTHER ONE.

THIS COMES FROM DANIELLE WHO

SAYS, "THE MOVIE IS CALLED

SON OF GOD, BUT IN THE

BIBLE, JESUS CALLED HIMSELF

SON OF MAN.

THAT BRINGS UP AN

INTERESTING QUESTION.

WHY DID THE SON OF GOD CALL

HIMSELF THE SON OF MAN?"

Gordon: DANIELLE, THERE

IS A SPECIFIC MESSIANIC

PROPHECY IN THE BOOK OF

DANIEL 7: 13, WHERE DANIEL

SAYS I SAW SOMEONE WHO

LOOKED LIKE THE SON OF MAN

COMING IN THE CLOUDS.

SO THAT WAS A MESSIANIC

TITLE.

BUT IT GOES EVEN DEEPER THAN

THAT.

BEYOND THE GREEK, SON OF

MAN, UNDERNEATH THAT YOU

FIND THE HEBREW, BENA ADOM,

SON OF MAN.

AND THAT IS RED CLAY IN

HEBREW.

SO LITERALLY JESUS IS SAYING

I'M THE SON OF EARTH, AS

WELL AS SON OF GOD AND SON

OF HEAVEN.

HE IS TRYING TO IDENTIFY

HIMSELF THAT HE IS JUST LIKE

YOU AND ME.

AND WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT

IN ALL RESPECTS HE WAS

TEMPTED, JUST AS YOU AND I

ARE, AND YET WITHOUT SIN,

THAT'S THE MIRACLE OF THE

INCARNATION.

THAT HE BECAME -- HE LEFT

HEAVEN AND HE BECAME IN THE

LIKENESS OF MAN, LIKE YOU

AND ME.

HE LOOKED LIKE YOU AND ME.

HE WENT THROUGH THE SAME

THINGS WE GO THROUGH.

HE WENT THROUGH THE SAME

SORROWS.

HE GOT HUNGRY.

HE GOT TIRED.

HE GOT THIRSTY.

HE CRIED AT FUNERALS.

HE WAS MOVED WITH

COMPASSION.

JUST AS YOU AND I ARE.

AND YET WITHOUT SIN.

THAT'S THE MIRACLE OF THE

INCARNATION.

AND THAT'S WHY HE CALLS

HIMSELF SON OF MAN.

Terry: WHETHER YOU CALL

HIM THE SON OF GOD OR THE

SON OF MAN, YOU'VE HEARD THE

STORY OF JESUS CHRIST.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF

HIS FAMILY?

FIND OUT MORE AFTER THIS.

Gordon: IN THE DA VINCI

CODE, AUTHOR DAN BROWN

SPECULATED THAT JESUS

MARRIED MARY MA MAGDALINE

AND HAD A DAUGHTER.

AND ALL OF THAT IS FICTION.

BUT THE REAL TRUTH IS JESUS

DID LEAVE BEHIND A FAMILY,

AND AFTER HIS CRUCIFIXION,

THEY BECAME SOME OF

CHRISTIANITY'S GREATEST

UNSUNG HEROS.

IN FIRST CENTURY JERUSALEM,

JESUS OF NAZARETH WAS

CRUCIFIED AS A HERATON.

HE HAD NO WIFE AND NO

CHILDREN.

BUT HE DID LEAVE BEHIND A

FAMILY, ONE THAT CAN BE

TRACED FOR MORE THAN A

CENTURY AFTER HIS DEATH.

IT'S POSSIBLE, ACTUALLY,

TO DO SOMETHING OF A

PRIMITIVE FAMILY TREE OF

JESUS.

Gordon: FROM HIS

BROTHERS --

FRANKLY, THEY DID NOT

BELIEVE THAT THEIR BROTHER'S

MISSION WAS AUTHENTIC.

Gordon: -- TO HIS

COUSINS AND GRANDNEPHEWS.

THEY HAVE BECOME KNOWN AS

LEADERS OF THE CHURCH, NO

QUESTION ABOUT THAT.

Gordon: THIS IS THE

STORY YOU WON'T HEAR IN THE

BIBLE, ABOUT THE FAMILY WHO

CHANGED HISTORY.

*

Gordon: DURING JESUS'

MINISTRY HERE IN GALILEE,

BOTH JEWS AND GENTILES

ACCEPTED HIM AS THE JEWISH

MESSIAH.

BUT SOME OF THE HARDEST

PEOPLE TO CONVINCE WERE HIS

OWN BROTHERS.

NOW IMAGINE ONE DAY YOUR

OLDER BROTHER COMES HOME AND

SAYS, FAMILY, I'VE GOT SOME

WONDERFUL NEWS: I'M THE

CHRIST OF THE SON OF THE

LIVING GOD.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

REACH FOR THE PHONE AND LOOK

UNDER "P" FOR PSYCHIATRIST,

RIGHT?

HE IS DILUTED, UNLESS HE

DIES AND COMES BACK TO LIFE,

AS HE SAID HE WOULD THREE

DAYS LATER.

THEN YOU PUT THE PHONE

DIRECTORY AWAY AND YOU

BELIEVE.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT

HAPPENED TO THE BROTHERS.

ONE OF THE NEAT PROOFS FOR

THE RESURRECTION, QUITE

FRANKLY, IS THE CONVERSION

OF JAMES, WHO, OF COURSE,

DID NOT BELIEVE HIS SIBLING

DURING THIS LIFETIME, BUT

AFTER THE RESURRECTION AND

JESUS APPEARS TO HIM, THAT'S

THE END OF ANY DOUBTS.

HE BECOMES A LEADER OF THE

CHURCH.

AND FINALLY WRITES ONE OF

THE BOOKS IN THE NEW

TESTAMENT.

Gordon: JAMES WAS A

DEVOUT MAN WHO WAS

WELL-KNOWN IN THE JEWISH

TEMPLE.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE

WAS CALLED JAMES THE JUST

BECAUSE HE WAS SOMETHING OF

A HOLY MAN.

HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL BRIDGE

BETWEEN JUDAISM AND

CHRISTIANITY, AND HE WAS

KNOWN AS OLD CAMEL KNEES

BECAUSE HE KNELT SO MUCH

THAT HIS KNEES BECAME

GNARLED, LIKE THAT OF A

CAMEL.

Gordon: AFTER JESUS'

DEATH, THE DISCIPLES

APPOINTED JAMES.

HE LED THE FIRST CHURCH

COUNCIL IN HISTORY, WHERE HE

MADE THE HISTORIC DECISION

THAT GENTILE CHRISTIANS

SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO

CONVERT TO JUDAISM.

IF THAT COUNCIL HAD NOT

MADE THE DECISION THAT IT

DID, I'M NOT SURE THE

CHRISTIAN CHURCH WOULD HAVE

SURVIVED.

Reporter:

Gordon: THE CHURCH IN

JERUSALEM SURVIVED, BUT

JAMES, LIKE HIS BROTHER

BEFORE HIM, DIED A VIOLENT

DEATH.

BECAUSE JAMES HAD ENTRY

WITH THE PRIESTS, AS WELL AS

THE CHRISTIANS, THEY THOUGHT

THEY COULD USE HIM TO

DISCREDIT CHRISTIANITY.

SO THEY BROUGHT HIM TO THE

TEMPLE AND ASKED HIM TO

DENOUNCE JESUS.

INSTEAD, HE DEFENDED JESUS,

AND LOOKED FORWARD TO HIS

COMING SPIRITUAL RULE.

SO THEY TOPPLED HIM DOWN

FROM THE TEMPLE.

HE WAS STILL ALIVE, AND IT

WAS A LAUNDRY MAN, AND THEY

HAD A CLUB THAT THEY USED

FOR BEATING THE LAUNDRY, AND

THEY CLUBBED HIM OVER THE

HEAD.

AND THAT'S WHAT FINALLY

KILLED HIM.

Gordon: THIS IS THE

SPOT WHERE JAMES FELL TO HIS

DEATH, LEAVING THE CHURCH IN

JERUSALEM WITHOUT A LEADER.

SO THE LOCAL BELIEVERS GOT

TOGETHER TO ELECT A NEW

BISHOP.

AND ONCE AGAIN, THEY DECIDED

TO KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY.

NOW, THE SECOND BISHOP OF

THE CHURCH WAS SIMEON, OR

SIMON, WHO WAS JESUS' FIRST

COUSIN.

LET ME EXPLAIN THAT.

JOSEPH HAD A BROTHER NAMES

CLOPUS, AND CLOPUS HAD A SON

NAMED SIMEON.

Gordon: AND CLOPUS WAS

ONE WHO WALKED WITH JESUS ON

THE ROAD.

HE WAS THE BROTHER OF JOSEPH

THE CARPENTER, WHICH MEANS

HE WAS ALSO JESUS'

UNCLEMENT.

> UNCLE.

AND JESUS WOULD HAVE HAD

THIS AS HIS FIRST COUSIN,

WHO WAS THE SECOND BISHOP OF

THE CHURCH.

Gordon: SIMEON BECAME

THE BISHOP OF THE CHURCH IN

A.D.86.

AND THE CITY WAS UNSIEGE.

WHEN YOU SEE JERUSALEM

SURROUNDED BY ARMIES, THEN

YOU WILL KNOW THAT THE TIME

OF ITS DESTRUCTION HAS

ARRIVED.

AND THEN THOSE IN JUDEA MUST

FLEE TO THE HILLS.

LET THOSE IN JERUSALEM

ESCAPE.

SIMEON REMEMBERED THE WORDS

OF HIS COUSIN AND WAITED FOR

THE RIGHT MOMENT TO LEAVE

THE CITY.

IN NOVEMBER THE ROMAN ARMY

RETREATED FROM JERUSALEM FOR

A FEW WEEKS.

A MILITARY BLUNDER,

HISTORIANS WOULD LATER CALL

DISASTEROUS.

BUT TO SIMEON THIS SO-CALLED

BLUNDER WAS A MIRACLE.

HE PERSUADED HIS

CONGREGATION TO FLEE

JERUSALEM, AND THEY ESCAPED

WITH JUST THE CLOTHES ON

THEIR BACKS.

SIMEON LED THEM TO SAFETY IN

A GENTILE CITY CALLED PELA,

IN IT'S HILLS OF MODERN DAY

JORDAN.

WE DON'T KNOW WHY PELA

SPECIFICALLY WAS CHOSEN,

EXCEPT FOR THE FACT IT WAS

ACROSS THE JORDAN RIVER.

IT WAS PRIMARILY PEOPLED BY

GENTILES OF THE AREA.

SO THEREFORE IT WOULD BE

QUITE A LOGICAL PLACE OF

REFUGE, IF YOU WANT TO GET

AWAY FROM ANYTHING

CONTROLLED BY JERUSALEM.

Reporter: SIMEON AND

HIS CONGREGATION SPENT THE

NEXT FOUR YEARS SAFELY IN

PELA.

WHILE BACK IN JERUSALEM, THE

ROMANS MURDERED MORE THAN A

MILLION JEWS AND TOOK

ANOTHER 97,000 AS SLAVES.

WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, MANY

BELIEVERS RETURNED TO

JERUSALEM AND SETTLED HERE

IN MT. ZION.

NEAR THE PLACE WHERE THEY

FIRST RECEIVED THE HOLY

SPIRIT AND WHERE JESUS HAD

CELEBRATED THE LAST SUPPER

WITH HIS DISCIPLES.

THEY BUILT A NEW JUDEO

CHRISTIAN SYNAGOGUE.

SIMEON SERVED AS THEIR

LEADER UNTIL A.D.106, WHEN

HE WAS ARRESTED AND TORTURED

BY THE ROMANS.

THEN LIKE HIS COUSIN, SIMEON

WAS CRUCIFIED.

HE WAS 120 YEARS OLD.

A FEW DECADES EARLIER, TWO

MORE OF JESUS' RELATIVES HAD

CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE

ROMAN EMPEROR, DIMISON.

WHO CARRIED OUT ONE OF THE

MOST VIOLENT PERSECUTIONS IN

HISTORY.

THE LAST RECORD WE HAVE

OF ANY OF JESUS' FAMILY

WOULD, I THINK, BE THE

GRANDSONS OF JUDE.

NOW, JUDE WAS ONE OF JESUS'

HALF-BROTHERS.

AND HE HAD A SON -- WE DON'T

KNOW HIS NAME.

AND THEY HAD SONS.

THE GRANDSONS OF JUDE WERE

ARRESTED AND BROUGHT BEFORE

THE EMPEROR D DOMISSION IN

ROME.

THE ROYAL DYNASTY, AND

THEREFORE MIGHT BE

CONTENDERS FOR THE THRONE.

Gordon: JESUS ONCE

PREDICTED THE PERSECUTION OF

HIS FOLLOWERS: "YOU WILL BE

ACCUSED BEFORE GOVERNORS AND

KINGS.

THIS WILL BE YOUR

OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THEM

ABOUT ME."

WITH THIS PROPHECY IN MIND,

THE GRANDNEPHEWS OF JESUS

WENT BOLDLY TO ROME.

THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE TO

THE PALACE OF DOMISSION.

THE EMPEROR ASKED THEM A

SERIES OF QUESTIONS, AND

THEIR VERY LIVES DEPENDED ON

THEIR ANSWERS.

TELL ME ABOUT THIS

KINGDOM OF CHRIST.

Gordon: HE ASKED HEM

ABOUT THTHEM ABOUT THE

KINGDOM OF JESUS AND WHEN IT

WOULD BE ESTABLISHED.

THEY REPLIED IT WAS A

HEAVENLY KINGDOM, NOT AN

EARTHLY ONE.

WHEN THE BROTHERS

APPEARED BEFORE DOMISSION,

HE ASKED HIM ABOUT THEIR

BACKGROUNDS.

AND THEY WERE RUSTIC SORTS,

USED TO AGRICULTURAL TOIL.

AND THEY HAD ONLY ABOUT

80 ACRES BETWEEN THEM, AND

THEY SHOWED THEM THEIR

HANDS, WHICH WERE GNARLED

FROM LABOR.

AND HE DECIDED, THESE DON'T

LIKE LIKE ROYAL TYPES TO

ME.

REMOVE THEM, YOU'RE NO

THREAT TO ME.

AT THAT POINT HE LET THEM

GO AND HE STOPPED THE

PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH.

THEY RETURNED, THEN, TO THE

HOLY LAND AND THEY WERE

TREMENDOUSLY APPRECIATED FOR

THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY THEY

HAD MADE BEFORE THE EMPEROR

OF ROME.

AND THEY WERE CALLED THE

DESPOSINE, AND THAT MEANS

LORD IN GREEK.

AND THEY WERE VERY BIG IN

THE CHURCH AFTER THAT.

Gordon: SEVERAL YEARS

LATER, THE TWO BROTHERS WERE

MARTYRED UNDER A DIFFERENT

ROMAN EMPEROR.

FOR THE NEXT TWO DECADES,

MEMBERS OF JESUS' FAMILY

CONTINUED TO LEAD THE CHURCH

IN JERUSALEM.

NOTHING IS KNOWN OF THEM

EXCEPT THEIR NAMES, RESERVED

IN EARLY CHURCH RECORDS.

THE LAST KNOWN RELATIVE OF

JESUS WAS JUDA KARIOCOS.

AND HE WAS THE GREAT

GRANDSON OF JESUS' BROTHER,

JUDE, AND THE LAST JEWISH

BISHOP OF JERUSALEM.

AT A.D.130, THEY BUILT A NEW

CITY, DEDICATED TO THE ROMAN

GODS.

THE RECORDS WERE LOST.

AFTER THAT WE LOSE

TRACK.

NOT THAT THERE MIGHT NOT

HAVE BEEN GENERATIONS WHO

WERE RELATED TO JESUS.

WE HAVE NO MORE RECORD OF

THEM.

Gordon: THE LEGACY OF

JESUS' FAMILY LIVES ON

TODAY.

TWO OF HIS BROTHERS WROTE

BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.

AND AT LEAST FIVE OF HIS

RELATIVES DIED FOR THEIR

FAITH.

THEY WERE DEVOUT JEWS WHO

BECAME THE FIRST CHRISTIAN

BISHOPS IN HISTORY.

AND KEPT THE EARLY CHURCH

ALIVE IN JERUSALEM.

FROM THERE, THE MESSAGE OF

JESUS, THEIR BROTHER,

COUSIN, AND UNCLE, SPREAD TO

THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.

WE HAVE 2 BILLION

CHRISTIANS TODAY, THE

LARGEST, MOST SUCCESSFUL

SINGLE PHENOMENON THAT HAS

EVER HIT PIS PLANET.

Gordon: THE STORY OF

THE BIBLE.

WHEN YOU FIND THE HISTORY

HERE, IT IS MORE FASCINATING

THAN ANY FICTION CAN BE.

IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION

ON THE FAMILY OF JESUS, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO OUR

SPECIAL PAGE AT cbn.com,

THE JEWISH JESUS, THE FAMILY

OF JESUS, AND THERE YOU'LL

FIND MORE ABOUT THE ORIGINAL

SOURCES FOR THIS STORY, PLUS

A PHOTO GALLERY.

AND THERE IS ALSO A CREW

BLOG.

IT IS ALL THERE ON

CBN.COM.

TERRY?

Terry: FASCINATING.

UP NEXT, IS FUN FOR THE

WHOLE FAMILY.

WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT

IS BRINGING THREE

GENERATIONS TOGETHER AROUND

THE TV SET, SO DON'T GO

AWAY.

Gordon: STUDIES SHOW

THE AVERAGE CHILD WATCHES TV

MORE THAN 30 HOURS PER

WEEK.

AND THAT DOESN'T COUNT THE

TIME THEY SPEND PARKED IN

FRONT OF A COMPUTER OR

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.

FOR THE McGRATH FAMILY,

THIS SCREEN TIME ISN'T

WASTED BECAUSE THEIR

CHILDREN WATCH "SUPERBOOK."

Reporter: IT'S STORY

TIME WITH THE McBRIDES.

THE BOYS ARE REENACTING WHAT

THEY ALL KNOW WELL.

DANIEL AND THE LION'S DEN.

IN THIS HOUSE, "SUPERBOOK"

INSPIRES A VERY CAPTIVE

AUDIENCE.

THEY HANG ON EVERY WORD AND

ACTION.

BUT WHAT MOM AND DAD LIKE

ABOUT IT IS THAT THE KIDS

ARE LEARNING.

THEY THINK THEY'RE JUST

WATCHING CARTOONS ABOUT

STORIES THAT ARE GOING ON IN

THE BIBLE.

BUT THERE ARE LESSONS TO BE

LEARNED AS THEY WATCH.

THINGS THAT THEY WOULDN'T

THINK ABOUT NORMALLY, GIZMO

AND THOSE CHARACTERS HELP

THEM FIGURE THOSE OUT.

Reporter: WHICH IS WHY

THE McBRIDES ARE MEMBERS

OF THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

CLUB.

AND EVERYONE HAS THEIR

FAVORITE STORY.

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS IS MY

FAVORITE D.V.D. BECAUSE IT

TEACHES ABOUT THE BEGINNING

OF JESUS CHRIST.

NOAH'S ARK IS MY FAVORITE

BECAUSE IT HAS A LOT OF

ANIMALS.

AND MY FAVORITE IS

REVELATION BECAUSE IT HAS

THE MOST ACTION OUT OF ALL

OF THE OTHER "SUPERBOOK"S.

Reporter: THIS

GRANDMOTHER LOVES TO SEE THE

BIBLICAL COME TO LIFE FOR

HER LITTLE ONES.

I I WA WAS A SUNDAY

SCHOOL TEACHER AND WE TAUGHT

THE CHILDREN ABOUT NOAH'S

ARK, BUT "SUPERBOOK" KIND OF

PUTS EVERYTHING INTO

PERSPECTIVE.

WHEN THE CHILDREN WERE

WATCHING IT, EVERYTHING THEY

HEARD ABOUT IN SUNDAY SCHOOL

COMES TO LIFE.

* COME JOIN THE PAGES OF

"SUPERBOOK" DELIGHT *

Gordon: WE'RE SENDING

"SUPERBOOK" AROUND THE WORLD

SO THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

CAN HEAR AND SEE THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE IN THEIR OWN

LANGUAGE.

NOT IN ENGLISH.

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