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The 700 Club - April 17, 2014

Watch as gifted sculptor Gil Amelio recreates the final moments of Jesus' life and the sacrifice that changed eternity. Plus, international Christian singer Darlene Zschech performs 'Victor's Crown' from her live worship album, 'Revealing Jesus.' Read Transcript


BEFORE IT WAS A

BLOCKBUSTER, IT WAS A BOOK.

MEET THE AUTHOR BEHIND

"BEN-HUR," AND HEAR HOW HE

MENDED A NATION.

PLUS, RELIVE A "700 CLUB"

CLASSIC.

GILL AMELIO RECREATES THE

FINAL HOURS OF JESUS

CHRIST.

YOU ACTUALLY FEEL HIM.

Wendy: TODAY ON "THE

700 CLUB."

*

Pat: WELL, WELCOME,

FOLKS, TO THIS EDITION OF

"THE 700 CLUB."

TODAY IS MAUNDY THURSDAY,

AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO

HAVING COMMUNION HERE ON

THIS PROGRAM.

SO I MIGHT ADD, IF YOU HAVE

SOME WINE OR GRAPE JUICE AND

A LITTLE BIT OF BREAD, WE'LL

SHARE TOGETHER, LATER ON,

AFTER WE SEE THIS

MAGNIFICENT ART WORK BY

SCULPTOR GILL AMELIO.

HOW ARE YOU?

Wendy: I'M DOING GOOD.

I JUST HEARD THE BEST SERMON

ON THE COMMUNION, AND HOW IT

IS WONDERFUL FOR BELIEVERS

TO DO, AND I'M SO GLAD WE'RE

GOING TO BE DOING THAT.

Pat: JESUS STARTED IT.

HE TOOK BREAD, THIS IS THE

BREAD OF MY BODY, AND THE

NEW TESTAMENT OF MY BLOOD.

AND SO WE'LL BE SHARING ALL

OF THAT LATER ON THE

PROGRAM.

FIRST OF ALL, LET'S LOOK TO

THE MIDDLE EAST.

THEY'RE BRUTALLY ABUSED.

SOMETIMES EVEN KILLED FOR

THE SAKE OF WHAT IS CALLED

FAMILY HONOR.

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

PAIR WOMEN.

AND THEY'RE USUALLY FOUND IN

MUSLIM FAMILIES.

Wendy: NOW A NEW FILM

IS RAISING AWAYNESS ABOUT

THE HORRORS THESE WOMEN

SUFFER, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE

TO HELP THEM.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THIS STORY FROM JERUSALEM.

Reporter: HONOR

DIARIES, A NEW DOCUMENTARY

DOCUMENTS THE ABUSE AND

SUBJUGATION OF HUNDREDS OF

WOMEN IN HONOR AND

OTHER-BASED SOCIETIES AROUND

THE WORLD.

THE HUNDRED SYSTEM THAT

EXISTS IN MANY CULTURAL

SOCIETIES IS REALLY THE

BASIS OF A LOT OF HARM THAT

IS PERPETUATED AGAINST

WOMEN.

TWEETING AND Facebook,

THOSE THINGS CAN BE DEEMED

DISHONORABLE.

ANYTHING FROM WEARING

SHORT SLEEVES, REFUSING TO

WEAR HEAD SCARVES,ç BEING

SEEN TALKING TO A MAN, AND

HAVING BEEN SEXUALLY

ASSAULTED.

Reporter: THE FILM

BRINGS TOGETHER NINE WOMEN

RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, MOST

DEVOUT MUSLIMS, TO TELL

THEIR STORIES AND THE

STORIES OF THE WOMEN THEY

WORK WITH.

THERE IS A TERRIBLE FEAR

OF THE EDUCATED, EMPOWERED

WOMAN.

Reporter: THEY TALK

ABOUT PUBLIC LASHINGS, ACID

ATTACKS, MUTILATION, FORCED

MARRIAGES OF LITTLE GIRLS AS

YOUNG AS EIGHT OR FIVE YEARS

OLD.

WIDESPREAD FEMALE GENITAL

MUTILATION, AND EVEN MURDER

BY FAMILY MEMBERS, ALL

CARRIED OUT UNDER THE GUISE

OF PRESERVING FAMILY HONOR.

"HONOR DIARIES" IS THE

INITIATION OF A MOVEMENT.

Reporter: AT THE FILM'S

JERUSALEM PREMIER, CBN NEWS

SPOKE TO ONE OF THE FILM'S

EXPERTS, DR. CATTA.

HONOR VIOLENCE AFFECTS

WOMEN OF ALL BACKGROUNDS,

AND UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF

THE MOST EGREGIOUS

MANIFESTATIONS ARE IN THE

MUSLIM WORLD, AND THESE ARE

WOMEN THAT CAN'T SPEAK FOR

THEMSELVES.

Reporter: IT IS A

PHENOMENAL THAT IS SPREADING

EVEN IN THE U.S.

BUT SEVERAL CLESH CAMPUSES,

INCLUDING THE UNIVERSITY OF

MICHIGAN, HAVE CANCELLED THE

FILMMENT THE COUNCIL ON

AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS

IS SPEARHEADING THE CAMPAIGN

AGAINST THE MOVIE.

THIS IS WHAT ONE

REPRESENTATIVE SAID ON FOX

NEWS.

WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM

WITH THE CONTENT OF THE

FILM.

WHAT I'M PERSONALLY

DISGUSTED BY AS A MUSLIM

WOMAN, THAT SOMEONE LIKE THE

CLEARING PROJECT WOULD TAKE

THIS FILM AND USE IT TO

PROMOTE THEIR HATE-FILLED

AGENDA.

Reporter: THE AUTHOR,

ROBERT SPENCER, SAYS ANYONE

WHO SPEAKS HONESTLY ABOUT

ISLAM IS CONSIDERED AN ISLAM

PHOB EB.

ISLAMPHOBE.

ANYBODY WHO SPEAKS

HONESTLY IS DEMONIZED,

VILLAINIZED, AND SO ON.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

FILM'S PRODUCERS SAYS PEOPLE

NEED TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE

THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

THERE IS THIS TERRORIZING

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS THAT

MAKES US THINK WE CAN'T

CHALLENGE THINGS, BUT HUMAN

RIGHTS ARE NEVER SOMETHING

TO BE IGNORED OR TO BE

EXCUSED BY CULTURE.

Reporter: THE

CONTROVERSY MAY ACTUALLY

DRAW MORE PEOPLE TO SEE

HONOR DIARIES, AND FOCUS

ATTENTION ON WHAT MANY

MUSLIM WOMEN SAY IS AN

ENORMOUS HUMAN RIGHTS

TRAGEDY THAT NEEDS TO BE

EXPOSED.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Pat: THANKS, CHRIS.

I SALUTE MEGAN KELLY, BY THE

WAY, OF FOX NEWS.

SHE IS AN ACCOMPLISHED

ATTORNEY AND A VERY

BEAUTIFUL LADY.

SHE PUT THIS THING ON, AND

THAT CARE, COUNCIL OF

AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS,

IS A FRONT GROUP FOR ALL OF

WHAT THEY DO.

AND SHE SAID, I'M NOT GOING

TO APOLOGIZE.

IT IS A TRUE STORY, AND I

PUT IT ON.

GOOD FOR HER.

ONCE AGAIN, ISLAMIC

TERRORISTS ARE EXPECTED IN

DEADLY ATTACKS IN NIGERIA.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM WASHINGTON.

HERE IS JOHN.

Reporter: PAT, 20

PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER THE

SUSPECTED TERRORISTS STROKE

STRUCK FOR THE FOURTH TIME

IN THREE DAYS.

THE LATEST ATTACK TOOK PLACE

IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA,

FOLLOWING MONDAY'S EXPLOSION

IN THE CAPITAL.

THAT BLAST KILLED 75.

AND CLOSE TO 130 TEENAGED

GIRLS TAKING FINAL EXAMS

WERE KIDNAPPED FROM A SCHOOL

IN THE NORTHEAST.

ALL BUT EIGHT WERE SET

FREE.

THEY SAID THE

ABDUCTION, QUOTE,"TARNISHES

THE GOOD NAME OF ISLAM."

AND BAN KI-MOON SAYS THE

TARGETING OF SCHOOL AND

SCHOOL CHILDREN IS A GREAT

VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL

HUMANITARIAN LAW.

SEARCH-AND-RESCUE TEAMS ARE

STILL LOOKING UNDER WATER

FOR SURVIVORS FROM THAT

SUNKEN FERRY OFF OF SOUTH

KOREA.

ABOUT NINE PEOPLE ARE

CONFIRMED DEAD, WITH ABOUT

300 STILL MISSING.

AND MOSTLY ON BOARD WERE

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

RETURNING FROM A SCHOOL

TRIP.

Reporter: PARENTS

ANXIOUSLY WAIT AS

SEARCH-AND-RESCUE TEAMS

CONTINUE TO COMB THE WATERS

OFF SOUTH KOREA.

BUT STRONG CURRENTS, RAIN,

AND BAD VISIBILITY ARE

MAKING IT HARD FOR RESCUERS

TO SEARCH THE VESSEL IN

NEARBY WATERS.

PARENTS ARE CLINGING TO HOPE

WITH TEXT MESSAGES LIKE THIS

FROM ONE MISSING

18-YEAR-OLD.

"DAD, DON'T WORRY.

I'VE GOT A LIFEVEST ON AND

WE'RE HUDDLED TOGETHER."

ANOTHER SON SIMPLY

TEXTED, "MOM, I MIGHT NOT BE

ABLE TO TELL YOU IN PERSON I

LOVE YOU."

THIS FAMILY RECEIVED THE

DEVASTATING NEWS THEIR SON

DID NOT SURVIVE.

THE FERRY WAS CARRYING 475

PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM HIGH

SCHOOL STUDENTS ON A SCHOOL

TRIP TO THE TERRORIST ISLAND

OF JEJU.

BUT AFTER TRAVELLING

OVERNIGHT, AND WITH JUST

THREE HOURS LEFT TO GO, THE

SHIP BEGAN TO LIST.

ONE CREW MEMBER NOW SAYS AN

IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER

WAS NOT ISSUED, AND THAT

COULD HAVE COST LIVES.

INSTEAD, THE SHIP'S OFFICERS

SPENT A PRECIOUS HALF HOUR

TRYING TO STABILIZE THE

FERRY BEFORE TELLING THE

PASSENGERS TO GET OFF.

THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP,

SEEN HERE HIDING HIS FACE IN

HIS SWEATER HAS APOLOGIZED.

Translator: I AM REALLY

SORRY AND DEEPLY ASHAMED.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

Reporter: FIRST

RESPONDERS WERE ABLE TO

REACH THE SHIP USING

HELICOPTERS.

RESCUERS LIFTED SOME

PASSENGERS FROM THE DECK,

AND OTHERS CLUTCHED ON TO

RAILINGS UNTIL THEY COULD

MAKE IT ON TO RESCUE BOATS.

IT WAS VERY INTENSE, SAYS

THIS MAN.

THE SHIP TILTED MORE THAN

45 DEGREES.

THE FERRY SANK IN THE

90-FOOT SEAS IN JUST TWO

HOURS.

SO FAR NO WORD ON WHAT

CAUSED THE TRAGEDY.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

PAT, WHAT A HEARTBREAKING

TRAGEDY.

Pat: YOU CAN IMAGINE

THOSE PARENTS.

I'M A PARENT AND

GRANDPARENT, AND YOU JUST

LOVE THOSE CHILDREN.

AND THEY LOVE THEIR

CHILDREN, AND TO SEE

SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN.

BUT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO

REMEMBER THERE IS HUMAN

COMPASSION ALL OVER THE

WORLD, IN EVERY SOCIETY.

THERE IS A LOVE OF PARENTS

FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

AND I THINK WE HAVE TO

REMEMBER THAT.

AND I WANT TO GO BACK TO

STORIES WE DID JUST PRIOR TO

THAT, THOUGH.

WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE

BOKO HARAM IN NIGERIA, WHAT

THEY'RE DOING.

AND WE SEE THESE EXAMPLES OF

MUSLIM TERRORISM, AND PEOPLE

SAY IT'S A DISTORTION OF A

GREAT RELIGION.

IT ISN'T A DISTORTION OF

THIS RELIGION.

IT IS THE HEART OF THIS

RELIGION.

THIS RELIGION IS BASED ON

WARFARE, ON REVOLUTION, ON

SUPPRESSION OF WOMEN.

IT'S ALL IN THERE.

IT IS IN THERE IN BLACK AND

WHITE.

ON AND ON.

CHAPTER AND VERSE.

IN THE QURAN AND IN THE

HADIF, AND IN VARIOUS

TEACHINGS AND VARIOUS

ACTIONS OF THE LEADERSHIP OF

THAT ORGANIZATION.

AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING

THESE HONOR KILLINGS,

THEY'RE FOLLOWING THE TEN

ENTS OF THAT FAITH.

WE HAVE A BOOKLET THAT HAS

BEEN PREPARED BY A GROUP

CALLED "TRUTH."

PEOPLE WHO SPEAK ARABIC, WHO

ARE VERSED IN THE QURAN,

EXPERTS IN THIS, AND IT'S

CALLED "ISLAM, A RELIGION OF

PEACE OR WAR?"

AND I THINK WHEN WE'RE

FACING THE TROUBLE WE'RE

FACING IN THE WORLD, AND THE

STRUGGLE THAT GOES ON IN THE

WORLD, YOU NEED TO HAVE THE

FACTS.

AND YOU DON'T NEED A GREAT

BIG BOOK.

AND YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE

TO SPEAK ANCIENT ARABIC IN

ORDER TO UNDERSTAND IT.

IT IS ALL THERE IN BLACK AND

WHITE.

AND INCLUDING DOCTRINES THAT

INDICATE THAT THE EARLY

TEACHINGS OF MOHAMMED ARE NO

LONGER IN EFFECT BECAUSE OF

ANOTHER DOCTRINE THEY'VE

COME UP WITH TO SAY, WELL,

NOW HE CHANGED HIS MIND.

IT IS ALL IN HERE, "ISLAM,

RELIGION OF PEACE OR WAR?"

MAYBE SOMEBODY YOU WANT TO

GET THESE IN QUANTITIES FOR

YOUR CHURCHES OR GROUPS.

YOU COULD ASK FOR MORE

COPIES.

I THINK THERE IS A SLIGHT

CHARGE IF YOU WANT

ADDITIONAL COPIES.

WE'RE GIVING AWAY THESE

THINGS FOR FREE.

WE'VE HAD, MY GOODNESS, LOTS

OF THEM, 32,000.

Wendy: I FINISHED

READING IT THIS MORNING.

YOU CAN READ IT IN ABOUT AN

HOUR OR LESS.

THE DETAIL ABOUT MOHAMMED

WILL SHOCK YOU, PAT.

THE VERSES -- WE SEE THESE

THINGS AND WE CAN'T

UNDERSTAND HOW COULD THEY

RUN A PLANE INTO THE TWIN

TOWERS, OR HOW CAN THEY

BEHEAD SOMEBODY?

IT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE

QURAN, BLACK AND WHITE.

IT SAYS, "BEHEAD THE

UNBELIEVER."

SO THEY CAN DO IT WITH A

CLEAR CONSCIENCE.

AND WHEN WE UNDERSTAND WHAT

THE QURAN REALLY SAYS, THEN

WE GET IT.

Pat: AND FOR THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES TO STAND BEFORE THE

UNITED NATIONS, THOSE WHO

SLANDER THE PROPHET OF ISLAM

DON'T HAVE THE FUTURE --

WELL, SLANDER IS SOMETHING

THEY DON'T LIKE.

AND, WELL, THAT'S THE WAY IT

GOES.

BUT SLANDER OR OTHERWISE,

THIS IS TRUTH.

AND TRUTH IS IMPORTANT.

SO YOU'VE GOT THE NUMBER ON

YOUR SCREEN.

CALL IN AND SOMEBODY WILL

SEND ONE OF THESE THINGS TO

YOU.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO

CONTINUE.

THIS IS A SHOCK.

I REMEMBER WHEN LIDERON WAS

HEAD OF FRANCE, AND SOME OF

THE DELEGATION CAME, AND I

WAS HAVING LUNCH WITH SOME

OF THEM, AND WE WERE TALKING

ABOUT COMMUNISM, AND HE SAID

HE WAS A SOCIALIST OR A

COMMUNIST.

WELL, THE SOCIALIST PRIME

MINISTER OF FRANCE HAS COME

OUT WITH SOMETHING YOU'LL

FIND VERY INTERESTING, AND

HERE IS JOHN TO TELL US

ABOUT IT.

THE SOCIAL PRIME MINISTER

OF FRANCE PLANS TO CUT

SPENDING FROM HIS COUNTRY'S

WELFARE PROGRAMS.

FRANCE HAS SOME OF THE

HIGHEST DOMESTIC SPENDING IN

THE WORLD, BUT HE TOLD THE

CABINET, QUOTE,"WE CANNOT

LIVE BEYOND OUR MEANS."

THE TAX CUTS AMOUNT TO ABOUT

4% OF TOTAL SPENDING.

FRANCE'S SOCIALIST

GOVERNMENT IS ALSO TAKING

ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE STEP TO

BOOST THE COUNTRY'S WEAK

ECONOMY: TAX CUTS.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID

CAMERON IS SPEAKING OUT

ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF

CHRISTIANITY IN HIS

COUNTRY.

WRITING FOR THE ANGLICAN

NEWSPAPER, HE SAYS "I

BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE MORE

CONFIDENT ABOUT OUR STATUS

AS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY, MORE

AMBITIOUS ABOUT EXPANDING

THE ROLE OF FAITH-BASED

ORGANIZATIONS, AND, FRANKLY,

MORE EVANGELICAL ABOUT A

FAITH THAT COMPELS US TO GET

OUT THERE AND MAKE A

DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLE'S

LIVES."

CAMERON ALSO SAYS HE KNOWS

HOW POWERFUL FAITH CAN BE IN

THE TOUGHEST OF TIMES, AND

SOME ISSUES, SUCH AS

WELFARE, CAN BE

CONTROVERSIAL.

BUT HE SEES CHURCHES AS

VITAL PARTNERS.

YOU CAN FIND A LINK TO HIS

COLUMN AT CBN.COM.

PAT, HERE IS A STAT FOR YOU:

SOME 60% OF BRITS SAY THEY

HAVE NEVER ATTENDED A

RELIGIOUS SERVICE.

Pat: THAT'S WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A

STATE CHURCH.

IT GETS TO BE DEAD.

YOU ENDOW A CHURCH AND

YOU'RE ASKING FOR TROUBLE.

WE HAVE A MUCH MORE VIBRANT

SOCIETY HERE BECAUSE WE

DON'T HAVE AN ESTABLISHED

CHURCH.

SO OUR PRIESTS ARE NOT

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF

LORDS, OR OUR BISHOPS AREN'T

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF

LORDS, ETC.

FOR DAVID CAMERON, I AM SO

GRATEFUL FOR THAT.

THE HERITAGE WE HAVE IN

AMERICA, A LOT OF IT COMES

OUT OF BRITISH LAW, AND WE

SPEAK THE EN ENGLISH

LANGUAGE AND SO FORTH.

SO WE HAVE CLOSE TIES TO

GREAT BRITAIN AND TO

ENGLAND, AND I'M JUST VERY

HAPPY TO SEE A COURAGEOUS

LEADER LIKE CAMERON.

AND, OF COURSE, MARGARET

THATCHER WAS PROBABLY ONE OF

THE MOST ADMIRED LEADER

OUTSIDE OF OUR OWN

PRESIDENT, IN THE WORLD,

WHEN SHE WAS IN OFFICE.

Wendy: GOD BLESS THEM,

AND LONG LIVE THE QUEEN.

Pat: ARE YOU GOING TO

SING A SONG?

Wendy: NO.

WELL, THE FILM -- ONE OF THE

GREATEST MOVIES OF THE

20th CENTURY WAS FIRST ONE

OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL

BOOKS OF THE 19th

CENTURY.

WE'LL THUMB THROUGH THE

ORIGINAL COPY OF "BEN-HUR,"

NEXT.

Wendy: FOR MANY PEOPLE,

WATCHING THE LEGENDARY MOVIE

"BEN-HUR" HAS BECOME AN

EASTER TRADITION, BUT FEW

KNOW THE AMAZING STORY ABOUT

THE MAN BEHIND THE FILM.

THE 1959 BLOCKBUSTER

"BEN-HUR" MADE HISTORY WITH

A RECORD 11 ACADEMY AWARDS.

AND THE 1925 VERSION IS

MAKING A COMEBACK.

WHAT MANY MAY NOT KNOW,

HOWEVER, IS THAT HOLLYWOOD

DIDN'T CREATE THIS CLASSIC

STORY.

THE IDEA CAME FROM THE

BEST-SELLING NOVEL

"BEN-HUR," A TALE OF THE

CHRIST, PUBLISHED IN 1880.

THE BOOK TELLS THE STORY OF

A LIFE-ALTERING ENCOUNTER

BETWEEN A FIRST CENTURY

JEWISH PRINCE AND JESUS OF

NAZARETH.

THE AUTHOR BEHIND "BEN-HUR"

IS LEW WALLACE, A TRUE

RENAISSANCE MAN.

HE LOVED TO PAINT, HE

LOVED TO WRITE, HE LOVED TO

DO CREATIVE THINGS.

HE LOVED THE MILITARY.

HE BECAME A PROSECUTING

ATTORNEY.

HE WAS IN THE LEGISLATURE

FOR A TERM.

Reporter: WALLACE

SHOWED A TALENT FOR WRITING

EARLY IN LIFE.

HE LEARNED ABOUT THE BIBLE

WHILE AT BOARDING SCHOOL.

WHILE HE DIDN'T CARE FOR

CHURCH, THE STORY OF THE

THREE WISEMEN FASCINATED

HIM.

LITTLE DID I DREAM THEN

WHAT THOSE FEW VERSES WERE

TO BRING ME, THAT OUT OF

THEM, "BEN-HUR" WAS ONE DAY

TO BE EVOKED.

Wendy: WALLACE'S

WRITING TOOK A BACK SEAT TO

OTHER PRIORITIES.

HE FOUGHT IN THE

MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR, AND HE

ALSO MARRIED AND HAD A SON.

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, HE

KEPT COMING BACK TO THE

BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF THE

THREE WISEMEN.

SO HE DECIDED TO WRITE A

MAGAZINE ARTICLE ABOUT

THEM.

I HAD NO CONVICTIONS

ABOUT GOD OR CHRIST.

I NEITHER BELIEVED NOS NOR

DISBELIEVED IN THEM.

BUT I FOUND MYSELF WRITING

WITH AWE.

Wendy: STILL, WALLACE

HAD MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT GOD,

AS HE FOUND OUT IN A CHANCE

ENCOUNTER WITH A WELL-KNOWN

ATHEIST NAMED ROBERT

ENGERSOL.

ROBERT ENGERSOL KNEW FAR

MORE ABOUT THE BIBLE.

YOU DON'T PREACH AGAINST

SOMETHING UNLESS YOU KNOW

IT.

SO HE KIND OF FILETED LEW.

MY IGNORANCE OF IT WAS

PAINFULLY A SPOT OF DEEPER

DARKNESS IN THE DARKNESS.

I WAS ASHAMED OF MYSELF.

HE REALIZED AT THAT POINT

I HAVE NO BUSINESS

SUBMITTING THIS STORY FOR

PUBLICATION.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS

TALKING ABOUT.

I NEED TO DO THE RESEARCH.

I NEED TO LEARN THE BIBLE.

I NEED TO LEARN THE STORY.

Wendy: EARLY IN HIS

RESEARCH, WALLACE CREATED

THE FICTIONAL CHARACTER OF

JUDAH BEN HUR.

TELLING HOW HE WITNESSED THE

REAL LIFE EVENTS, LEADING UP

TO THE DEATH AND

RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

WALLACE SOON BEGAN TO SEE

GOD THROUGH THE EYES OF HIS

CHARACTER.

LONG BEFORE I WAS THROUGH

WITH MY BOOK, I BECAME A

BELIEVER IN GOD AND CHRIST.

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL

MANUSCRIPT OF "BEN-HUR," A

TALE OF THE CHRIST.

650 PAGES, HANDWRITTEN IN

PURPLE INK.

WHEN LEW WALLACE DELIVERED

THIS TO HARPER AND BROTHERS

BACK IN 1880, THEY HAD NO

IDEA IT WAS ABOUT TO MAKE

PUBLISHING HISTORY.

THE BOOK BECAME THE

BEST-SELLING NOVEL OF THE

19th CENTURY.

IT HAS NEVER BEEN OUT OF

PRINT.

WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DID BEN

HUR HAVE ON A POST-CIVIL WAR

COUNTRY?

IT JUST WAS THE RIGHT

BOOK AT THE RIGHT TIME.

PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR WAYS

TO RECONCILE, TO COME

TOGETHER.

THEY WERE EXPLORING, YOU

KNOW, HOW CAN THERE BE A GOD

THAT WOULD ALLOW A WAR TO

HAPPEN LIKE THIS.

Wendy: AFTER ITS

PUBLICATION, LETTERS FLOODED

IN, INCLUDING ONE FROM

PRESIDENT JAMES GARFIELD.

HE WROTE, "WITH THIS

BEAUTIFUL AND REVERENT BOOK,

YOU HAVE LIGHTENED THE

BURDENS OF MY DAILY LIFE."

WALLACE DID MOST OF HIS

WRITING UNDER WHAT CAME TO

BE KNOWN AS THE WALLACE

BEECH TREE.

ITS SPREADING BRANCHES

DROOPED TO THE GROUND, AND

UNDER THEM I AM SHUT IN AS

BY THE WALLS OF A TOWERING

GREEN TENT.

Wendy: THAT FAMOUS

WALLACE BEECH TREE IS NO

LONGER HERE.

IT ACTUALLY DIED SHORTLY

AFTER WALLACE DID, AND WAS

REPLACED BY THIS BRONZE

STATUE, BEHIND ME.

RIGHT OVER HERE IS A

BUILDING WALLACE DREAMED

ABOUT FOR DECADES, BUT NEVER

HAD THE RESOURCES TO BUILD

UNTIL THE SUCCESS OF BEN

HUR.

LEW BUILT THIS AS HIS

PRIVATE RESTREET.

Wendy: WALLACE DESIGNED

THIS 19th CENTURY MAN

CAVE, WHERE HE SPENT HIS

GOLDEN YEARS, WRITING EVERY

DAY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN

1905.

HIS GRAVE MARKER IS

INSCRIBED WITH A QUOTE BY

BEN HUR.

I WOULD NOT GIVE ONE HOUR

OF LIFE AS A SOUL FOR A

THOUSAND YEARS OFç LIFE AS A

MAN.

Wendy: WELL, HYMNS FROM

THAT STORY WERE ARRANGED AND

PERFORMED BY BOB WILMAC.

GREAT JOB BOB.

AND THEY ARE AVAILABLE AS A

FREE DOWNLOAD.

JUST GO TO CBN.COM.

Pat: THAT IS SO

BEAUTIFUL.

DID YOU JUST LEARN ABOUT

LEW?

I HAD NEVER HEARD ABOUT

HIM.

AND I DIDN'T REAL LIVE BEN

HUR WAS THE MOST POPULAR

BOOK, OTHER THAN THE BIBLE.

Pat: WHAT GOT YOU GOING

ON THAT?

Wendy: ONE OF OUR

PRODUCERS GOT GOING ON IT,

AND WE WOULDN'T TO

CRAWFORDVILLE, INDIANA, AND

WE DID THE RESEARCH.

WHILE I WAS THERE, I WATCHED

THE 1959 CHARLESTON HESTON

VERSION OF "BEN-HUR," AND

YOU'VE GOT TO WATCH IT

AGAIN.

IT SHOULD BE AN EASTER

TRADITION.

Pat: I TALKED TO

CHARLTON HESTON ABOUT THAT,

AND I SAID DRIVING THAT

CHARIOT IS A BIG DEAL, AND

HE SAID I WAS NO BIG DEAL.

BUT THERE WAS A SCENE IN

THERE WHERE HE LOST HIS

BALANCE, BUT HE ACTED LIKE

THAT WAS NOTHING.

IT SEEMED LIKE AN

EXTRAORDINARY EVENT.

IT WAS A MAGNIFICENT MOVIE.

Wendy: ONE OF THE MOST

EXPENSIVE, AND THAT SCENE,

PARTICULARLY, TO DO WAS ONE

OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE AT

THAT TIME IN MOVIE HISTORY.

LEW WALLACE, WHEN I KEPT

DOING THE RESEARCH, I

THOUGHT, HE REMINDS ME OF

SOMEONE -- PAT ROBERTSON,

RENAISSANCE MAN, AND WRITER

AND HERO OF THE CIVIL

WAR --

Pat: IF A PIECE OF IT

WERE TRUE.

THANK YOU, WENDY.

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST,

RECREATED IN A LUMP OF

CLAY.

STAY TUNED FOR A "700 CLUB"

CLASSIC, LATER IN TODAY'S

"700 CLUB" SHOW.

Pat: IN KENYA, THE

LEGENDARY MASSAS, ARE TALL,

STATELY WARRIORS, AND THE

WOMEN ARE OFTEN LEFT ALONE

WITH THEIR CHILDREN FOR

WEEKS AT A TIME.

FOOD AND WATER IN THAT PART

OF THE WORLD ARE SCARCE.

SO "OPERATION BLESSING" ARE

VISITING THOSE VILLAGES TO

GIVE THE MESSI WOMEN SOME

HELP IN FEEDING THEIR

FAMILIES.

Reporter: SHE WORKS

HARD EVERY DAY PROVIDING FOR

HER CHILDREN, BUT FOR YEARS

SHE STRUGGLED TO EARN EVEN A

DOLLAR A DAY.

THE MONEY WAS NEVER

REALLY ENOUGH, BUT I KNEW

THAT A LITTLE WAS BETTER

THAN NOTHING, SO I CONTINUED

DOING THE JOBS.

THERE WERE TIMES WE HAD

NOTHING AT ALL AND RAN OUT

OF FOOD COMPLETELY.

I WOULD PREPARE STRONG TEA

FOR THE CHILDREN BECAUSE

THAT WAS ALL WE HAD.

Reporter: AND BONA TOLD

ME SHE WANTED HER CHILDREN

TO GO TO SCHOOL SO THEIR

LIVES WOULD BE DIFFERENT,

BUT THEY COULDN'T.

MANY OF THE CHILDREN IN

THIS AREA WERE NOT GOING TO

SCHOOL

LIFE IS MUCH EASIER NOW.

AND WE HAVE ALL OF THE WATER

WE NEED.

MY GOAL IS TO SAVE ENOUGH TO

BUY A GOAT, SO MY CHILDREN

CAN HAVE FRESH MILK.

Reporter: BONA IS SO

GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP SHE

HAS BEEN GIVEN, WE WANTED TO

SEE THAT SIMPLE DREAM COME

TRUE, SO WE BOUGHT HER A

GOAT, TOO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALL OF US HERE THANK GOD FOR

"OPERATION BLESSING."

YOU WERE GIVEN OUR PEOPLE SO

MUCH.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

Pat: ISN'T IT

WONDERFUL?

ISN'T IT WONDERFUL THAT YOU

CAN REACH OUT TO SOMEBODY

LIKE THAT?

THEY'RE SUCH DESERVING,

MARVELOUS PEOPLE, AND YET

THEY HAVE SUCH POVERTY.

AND IT TAKES A LITTLE.

IT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT TO

CHANGE THEIR LIVES.

SO YOU SEE A "700 CLUB"

MEMBERSHIP AT 65 CENTS A

DAY, $20 A MONTH, CAN MAKE A

HUGE DIFFERENCE.

WE DON'T GIVE ALL OF THAT TO

ANY OF THEM, BUT IF YOU CAN

DRILL A WELL, IT MAY COST

$1,000, BUT THAT WILL BE

FRESH WATER FOR YEARS ON

END.

BUT WE'RE THRILLED.

SO IF YOU WANT TO

PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THE

THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING

AROUND THE WORLD, YOU CAN BE

PART OF CHANGING YOUR WORLD,

AND YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

NOW.

THOSE OF YOU WHO GO TO WATTS

CALLED PLEDGE EXPRESS --

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

IT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE

NOTIFIED YOUR FINANCIAL

INSTITUTION, BANK, OR

WHATEVER EVERY MONTH TO SEND

A PARTICULAR AMOUNT, $20 OR

WHATEVER, INTO "OPERATION

BLESSING" OR CBN.

AND WHEN YOU DO, WE WANT TO

GIVE YOU THIS THING CALLED

"POWER FOR LIFE."

WE HAVE TEACHINGS THAT I DO,

GORDON DOES, SOME OF US DO,

AND WE'LL SEND THIS TO YOU

AS OUR GIFT TO YOU BECAUSE

WE SAVE MONEY WHEN YOU DO

THAT.

IT SAVES US MONEY AND MAKES

IT EASIER FOR YOU.

SO JUST REMEMBER, WHEN YOU

MAKE A PLEDGE, YOU JUST TELL

THEM, I WANT TO SIGN UP FOR

PLEDGE EXPRESS.

NOW, HERE IS WENDY WITH SOME

GOOD NEWS.

Wendy: AMEN.

STILL TO COME, WE INVITE YOU

AND YOUR FAMILY TO JOIN US

FOR A SPECIAL COMMUNION

SERVICE.

PLUS THE CRUCIFIXION FROM AN

ARTIST'S PERSPECTIVE.

STAY TUNED FOR GILL AMELIO'S

"THE FACE OF CHRIST," LATER

ON TODAY'S SHOW.

AND WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

THEWILDFIRES THAT

DEVASTATED NEIGHBORS IN

CHILE ARE NOW UNDER

CONTROL.

15 PEOPLE DIED AND MORE THAN

11,000 LOST THEIR HOMES.

VOLUNTEERS JOINED HOMELESS

RESIDENTS TO CLEAN UP THEIR

NEIGHBORHOODS.

FIREFIGHTERS SAY IT MAY TAKE

THREE WEEKS TO EXTINGUISH

THE EMBERS, WHICH THE WIND

COULD SPREAD TO OTHER

NEIGHBORHOODS.

AT LEAST THREE CHURCHES WERE

DESTROYED IN THE FIRE.

CHRISTIANS HAVE JOINED

FORCES TO PROVIDE MEALS AND

SUPPLIES TO THOSE WHO LOST

THEIR HOMES.

CHURCHES FROM AROUND THE

COUNTRY ARE COLLECTING

BLANKETS AND OTHER SUPPLIES

FOR THE THOUSANDS OF

FAMILIES LEFT HOMELESS BY

THE FIRE.

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE IS

LOOKING TO GET INTO THE

BUSINESS OF GATHERING AND

SELLING PERSONAL

INFORMATION, LIKE INTERNET

COMPANIES Facebook AND

GOOGLE.

A POSTAL SERVICE EXECUTIVE

RECENTLY SPOKE OUT ABOUT THE

POSSIBILITY, SAYING THE POST

OFFICE CAN PICK UP

INFORMATION ABOUT CUSTOMER

BEHAVIOR, GATHERED BY

MONITORING.

FOFOR INSTANCE, WHAT

BUSINESSES PEOPLE GET MAIL

FROM, AND SELLING THAT

INFORMATION FROM AVERTISERS

AND MARKETERS AND THEY CAN

USE THE TRADITIONAL MAIL TO

TARGET COSTUMERS.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MOREABOUT

THIS STORY AND ALWAYS GET

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PAT AND WENDY WILLBE BACK

WITH MORE OF "700 CLUB"

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Pat: THERE ARE CERTAIN

KEY EVENTS IN THE BIBLE THAT

WE COMMEMORATE.

WE TALK ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY.

THAT'S THE DAY THAT JESUS

WAS CRUCIFIED.

WE CELEBRATE EASTER, WHICH

WE RECOGNIZE IS THE DAY HE

ROSE FROM THE DEAD.

BUT THERE WAS A TIME THAT HE

HAD THE PASSOVER, THE LAST

SUPPER, WITH HIS DISCIPLES.

AND THAT WAS Aç THURSDAY.

WE CALL IT MAUNDY THURSDAY.

THE HOLY DAY THAT

COMMEMORATES THE LAST

SUPPER.

WELL, IN A FEW MINUTES WE

WANT YOU TO PARTICIPATE WITH

US IN SHARING COMMUNION.

BUT BEFORE WE DO THAT, WE

WANT YOU TO WATCH A DRAMATIC

PORTRAYAL OF THE SACRIFICE

OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST'S

BODY AND BLOOD.

IT IS TOLD BY THE LATE

SCULPTOR GIL AMELIO, THROUGH

AN IMAGE OF CLAY CALLED "THE

FACE OF CHRIST."

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE

WORD.

AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD.

AND THE WORD WAS GOD.

AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH

AND DWELLED AMONG US, AND WE

BEHELD HIS GLORY, THAT GLORY

OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN, OF THE

FATHER, FULL OF GRACE AND

TRUTH.

WORDS LIKE THESE HAVE BEEN

THE WORDS THAT HAVE INSPIRED

THE ARTISTS UP THROUGH THE

CENTURIES TO PORTRAY THE

FACE OF CHRIST.

LET'S GO BACK INTO SOME OF

THAT HISTORY AND SCRIPTURE

AS THE ARTIST SPEAKS ABOUT

OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS

CHRIST.

*

THIS WAS LONG AND RATHER

UGLY, AND YET THE EARLY

ARTIST WAS INSPIRED BY THE

WORDS OF ISAIAH, WHERE

ISAIAH SPOKE ABOUT THE

SUFFERING SERVANT TO COME.

IN THE 52nd CHAPTER,

ISAIAH SAID THIS SUFFERING

SERVANT, THIS MESSIAH, WOULD

SUFFER A BEATING SO THAT HIS

FORM WOULD BE MARRED MORE

THAN ALL OF THE SONS OF

MEN.

AND THEN IN HIS 53rd

CHAPTER, AND EVEN NOW IN THE

FIRST AND EARLY CENTURIES,

WE SEE THE SPLIT NAZARETH

BEARD.

THE 53rd CHAPTER SPOKE

ABOUT THE DESPICED MAN, A

MAN OF SORROWS HE WOULD BE,

AS IF IT WERE A ROOT THAT

WOULD NOT BEAR FRUIT THROUGH

THE SEED THAT WAS PLANTED

UPON IT OR DROPPED UPON A

DRY GROUND.

THERE WOULD BE NOTHING ABOUT

HIS APPEARANCE THAT WOULD

MAKE US DESIROUS OF HIM.

IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THE WORDS

PROPHESIED BY ISAIAH, THIS

JESUS WOULD EVENTUALLY BE

BEATENED AND BATTERED SO WE

COULDN'T RECOGNIZE HIM ANY

LONGER.

THESE ARE THE BASIC

SCRIPTURAL PIECES THAT

INSPIRED THE EARLY ARTISTS.

LET'S MOVE FURTHER TO

CAPTURE THE EASTERN

APPEARANCE, WHERE IT REALLY

BEGAN.

GOING THROUGH THESE LONG

PIECES, HOLDING THERE A

MINUTE, LET'S MOVE FROM THE

FIRST TO THE 11 CENTURY, TO

THE RENAISSANCE, SEEING THE

APPEARANCE THAT WE GENERALLY

ACCEPT AS THE FACE OF

CHRIST.

*

SO WE SEE THE WARMER

APPEARANCE OF THE FACE OF

CHRIST, THE BEARD REMAINING

THE SAME FROM THE VERY FIRST

CENTURY.

WHAT WERE THE WORDS THAT NOW

MOVE THIS ARTIST?

WE CAN EXPLAIN THAT THROUGH

THREE PAINTINGS: THE AGONY

OF THE GARDEN, THE

TRIUMPHANT ENTRY INTO

JERUSALEM, AND THE

CONFRONTATION WITH THE ROMAN

SOLDIERS.

THE SOLDIERS TOOK HIS

CLOTHING OFF AND PLACED

ABOUT HIM THE GORGEOUS ROBES

OF A KING.

THEY PLACED THIS PURPLE ROBE

ABOUT JESUS, WHO CLAIMED TO

BE THDç KING OF THE JEWS.

AND THEY WOULD MAKE FUN OF

HIM.

AND THEN THEY GAVE HIM

THIS.

BUT BEFORE WE GO INTO THAT

PAINTING, LET'S LOOK AT THE

OTHER TWO.

RECENTLY MOST OF THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD CELEBRATED

PALM SUNDAY, WHERE JESUS

RODE INTO TOWN ON A DON

DONKEY THAT HADN'T BEEN

RIDDEN BEFORE, ACCORDING TO

PROPHECY.

JESUS WOULD RIDE INTO THE

NARROW STREETS OF

JERUSALEM.

A PLACE THAT ANY TACK

TACKITION WOULD SAY HE

SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AT THAT

TIME.

AND AS HE MADE HIS WAY

THROUGH THE NARROW STREETS,

HE WOULD NOT ONLY HERE

HOSANNA, BLESSED IS HE WHO

COMES IN THE NAME OF THE

LORD, BUT THOSE OTHERS WHO

DID NOT BELIEVE IN THIS

JESUS, HE WOULD SEE THE

ROMAN SOLDIERS WHO WOULD

GIVE HIM MOCK SALUTES, AND

JESUS WOULD ANSWER THAT

THROUGH THE TREE.

AS HE MADE HIS WAY THROUGH,

HE WOULD HEAR THAT BEAUTIFUL

PRAYER.

THEY WOULD CHANT A JEWISH

SENTENCE.

HERE, O ISRAEL, THE LORD IS

ONE.

JESUS WOULD RIDE INTO AND

THROUGH THAT CROWD AND CLAIM

THE TEMPLE.

AND THE OTHER PAINTING,

JESUS IN THE AGONY OF THE

GARDEN, WE READ ABOUT IT IN

LUKE 4: 22-24.

HE KNEW WHAT WAS ABOUT TO

HAPPEN IN A MATTER OF

HOURS.

THIS JESUS, BORN OF A WOMAN,

AS ANY MAN OR WOMAN IS.

EIGHT DAYS AFTER HIS BIRTH,

HE WOULD SHED BLOOD,

ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOM OF

HIS PARENTS.

BUT JESUS WAS BORN TO DIE.

IN THAT SCENE, WE SEE JESUS

LYING THERE, AND IN PRAYING

ON A ROCK.

SOME OF THE APOSTLES WERE

NOT AWAKE AT THAT TIME.

AND AS HE SWEPT, LUKE, THE

PHYSICIAN, TELLS US, AFTER

HE GATHERED THE EVIDENCE --

LUKE WASN'T THERE AT THAT

TIME -- THAT HIS SWEAT

TURNED INTO DROPLETS OF

BLOOD.

JESUS WOULD THEN LOOK UP

INTO A BEAM OF LIGHT, AND

THE ARTIST PORTRAYS THIS

SCENE.

AND JESUS WOULD SAY TO THE

FATHER, LET THIS CUP PASS,

LET ME OUT OF THIS MOMENT.

LET NOT THINE WILL BE DONE,

BUT THINE.

AND JESUS PRAYED THAT

PRAYER, AND EVEN AFTER THAT

PRAYER, HE COULD HEAR THE

TINKER OF HONOR, AS ONE OF

HIS OWN WOULD BRING THE

SOLDIERS TO ARREST HIM AND

GIVE HIM THE KISS OF DEATH.

AND THEN IN THAT GIANT

PAINTING, THE CONFRONTATION

BETWEEN THE ROMAN SOLDIERS,

WE CAN SEE THE COMMANDER OF

THE GUARD.

WE ARE TOLD ABOUT IT IN

SCRIPTURE THAT IT WAS KNOWN

AS A COHORT.

JESUS AT THE COHORT, A

BATTALION OF MEN, 900, A

THOUSAND, 1200 MEN, AND

COMING OFF HIS HORSE, THE

COMMANDER WOULD MAKE SPORT

OF HIM.

THEY WOULD PLACE A BLINDFOLD

ON THE EYES OF JESUS.

THEY HEARD ABOUT THESE GREAT

MIRACLES HE HAD PERFORMED.

AND ALL HE TO DO AT THAT

TIME WOULD BE TO CONVINCE

THE ROMAN SOLDIERS.

HE WAS ASKED, COME ON,

CHRIST, YOU'VE BEEN AROUND

JUDEA, YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT

ALL OF THE PROPHETS WHO HEAL

PEOPLE OF LEPROSY.

AND THEN A MONTH LATER THE

LEPROSY COMES BACK.

ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE

PROPHETS, CHRIST?

TELL MY MEN BECAUSE WE

HAVEN'T SEEN THESE GREAT

TRICKS.

NONE OF US HAVE SEEN THOSE

GREAT TRICKS.

COME ON, CHRIST, HOW WAS

IT?

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO

HEROD AND BE A POLITICIAN.

TELL US ABOUT THAT BLIND MAN

ALONG THE ROAD.

HE WAS THERE.

YOU ACTUALLY HEALED HIM,

CHRIST.

CHRIST, CAN YOU SEE THROUGH

THAT BLINDFOLD.

COME ON, CHRIST, IF YOU'RE

THE KING, YOU CAN SEE

THROUGH A MERE BLINDFOLD.

WHO WAS IT?

WAS IT ME?

ONE OF MY MEN?

SIX OF THEM?

HOW MANY ARE HERE, CHRIST.

THY REED, THY KING.

WHICH WAY AM I HOLDING IT?

STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN?

PLAY SOME KIND OF A TRICK.

LOOK THROUGH THE BLINDFOLD

BLINDFOLD.

CAN'T YOU SEE THROUGH A MERE

PIECE OF CLOTH?

AND THIS FOOLISHNESS WOULD

GO ON.

BUT JESUS DIDN'T SAY ONE

WORD.

AND THEY WOULD REMOVE THE

BLINDFOLD AND LET HIM GO.

WE'LL SEE WHAT YOU'LL DO.

AND THEY RELEASED HIM TO THE

MOB AT THE PETORIUM.

AT THAT TIME THEY WOULD

FASHION A CROWN OF THORNS.

AND THEN ACCORDING TO LAW,

JESUS WOULD BE SCURGED.

40 STRIPES MINUS ONE,

ACCORDING TO THE LAW.

IN THIS SETTING, WOULD THE

SOLDIERS ACTUALLY COUNT THE

39.

AND JESUS THEN WOULD BE

DELIVERED UP.

HE WOULD CARRY THAT CROSS

SOME 800, 900 YARDS TO

GOLGOTHA.

AND WHEN THEY GOT HIM THERE,

THEY WOULD CROWN HIM WITH A

CROWN OF THORNS, AND THEY

WOULD CRUCIFY HIM.

THE PERSIANS INVENTED IT,

BUT THE ROMAN SOLDIERS WERE

QUITE EXPERT AT THIS.

THEN WE SEE THESE SCENES

THROUGH PAINTINGS.

WE'RE REFERRED BACK TO IT IN

SCRIPTURE, JESUS FULFILLING

EVERY IOTA OF PROPHECY.

*

THEY WOULD THEN TAKE HIM,

IN THIS CONDITION, AND THEY

WOULD PLACE HIM ON A CROSS.

THEY WOULD FIX HIM WITH

NAILS IN A SPECIAL AREA IN

THE WRIST.

THEY WOULD DRIVE THESE NAILS

IN HIS WRISTS, ONE DOWN

BELOW, ON A FOOT OVERLAPPING

THE OTHER.

AND JESUS DIDN'T STAND ON

THE CROSS AS SOME ART WOULD

HAVE IT, LIKE SOME KIND OF A

KING.

JESUS THE MAN, TOTAL MAN,

MINUS ONE THING WE ARE ALL

HEIR TO -- HE DIDN'T SIN.

HE COULDN'T EXHALE HIS AIR,

AND AT THAT PARTICULAR

MOMENT, JESUS WOULD LOOK UP

INTO THE HEAVENS AND THEY

BECAME DARK.

HE COULDN'T SEE THE FATHER

ANYMORE, AND HE WAS RISE,

TRYING TO EXHALE HIS AIR IN

THIS CONDITION.

AND THEY COULD HEAR HIM.

[EXHALING AIR]

AND JESUS WOULD RISE FROM

DOWN BELOW.

FATHER, FORGIVE THEM FOR

THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.

AND EVEN THEN HE COULD HAVE

BEEN TEMPTED, COME DOWN,

CHRIST.

HE WOULD HEAR ISAIAH 14:

14.

JESUS WOULD RISE AGAIN, AND

THEN HE KNEW THE FATHER

WASN'T THERE.

AND IN HIS HUMANITY, HE

DIDN'T TURN DIVINITY ON AND

OFF.

JESUS WOULD LOOK UP AND

SHOUT THE SOMETHING THEY

DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAS

THOU FORSAKEN ME?

AT THE VERY END, JESUS WOULD

SAY, BUT INTO THY HANDS I

COMMEND MY SPIRIT, AND HE

WOULD DIE.

BUT JESUS, AS HE PROMISED,

CAME BACK ON THE THIRD DAY.

NOT TO BE JESUS THE

CRUCIFIED, BUT JESUS CHRIST

THE KING, AS HE SAID HE

WOULD, RAISING LACI FROM

LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD,

HEALING A WOMAN, HEALING A

BLIND MAN.

JESUS CAME BACK, AND HE SAID

HE WOULD COME BACK AGAIN, A

SECOND TIME.

ARE WE LIVING AS IF -- WE

WHO CALL OURSELVES

CHRISTIANS -- AS IF WE

BELIEVE THIS?

THAT JESUS HAD TO DIE THIS

DEATH AND THE FATHER WOULD

LET HIM GO, AS HE DID

EPHRAIM.

YOU'RE SO BENT ON LEAVING,

HE SAID IN HOSEA 10, THAT I

MUST LET YOU GO.

AND JESUS, THE LAMB, TOOK

UPON HIMSELF ALL OF THE SINS

OF MAN, SO THAT WE WOULD BE

FREE UNDER GRACE.

IF THE WORLD OF ART GIVES US

NOTHING MORE THAN TO THINK

ABOUT THESE MATTERS, IT WILL

HAVE ACHIEVED ITS GRANDEST

GOAL.

Pat: HE SUFFERED FOR

ME.

HE SUFFERED FOR YOU.

HE WAS THE SON OF GOD.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JESUS

KNEW THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE

WITH THE FATHER, AND THAT

THE FATHER HAD PUT ALL POWER

IN HIS HAND.

AND HIS FIRST ACT WAS TO

WASH THE FEET OF HIS

DISCIPLES.

AND THEN THEY SHARED

TOGETHER A MEAL.

AND THEN HE LEFT AND HE WENT

TO THE CROSS.

AND THERE HE SUFFERED.

THERE HE BLED.

THERE HE DIED.

FOR YOU.

AND FOR ME.

THAT WE COULD LIVE FOREVER

IN HIS PRESENCE.

IN HEAVEN.

SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW ARE

WATCHING.

YOU WATCHED THAT BRILLIANT

PRESENTATION BY GIL AMELIO.

THIS ISN'T A STORY.

THIS ISN'T JUST SOME PLAY.

THIS ISN'T SOME DRAMATIC

SEQUENCE.

THIS IS REAL.

JESUS REALLY DIED.

JESUS REALLY ROSE FROM THE

DEAD, AND HE IS REALLY

COMING AGAIN.

BUT LET ME ASK YOU

SOMETHING: DO YOU KNOW HIM?

AND IF HE WERE TO COME BACK

TOMORROW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING

TO SAY?

ARE YOU GOING TO SAY, YES,

LORD, I HEARD ALL ABOUT

THAT.

I WATCHED IT ON "THE 700

CLUB," BUT I DIDN'T DO

ANYTHING.

I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE IN

HELL.

I DON'T WANT HIM TO COME AND

SHUT THE DOOR IN YOUR FACE.

I WANT THE DOOR TO BE

OPENED, WHERE YOU'LL BE PART

OF HEAVEN.

AND I WANT YOU NOW, IF YOU

HAVEN'T MET HIM, TO BOW YOUR

HEAD AND PRAY WITH ME BEFORE

WE GO ON ANY FURTHER.

I WANT YOU, JUST WHEREVER

YOU ARE, TO BOW YOUR HEAD

RIGHT NOW AND PRAY THESE

WORDS.

DO IT.

LORD JESUS CHRIST -- THAT'S

RIGHT, PRAY WITH ME.

LORD JESUS CHRIST, I SAW THE

STORY OF YOUR SUFFERING.

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID FOR ME.

AND I'M NOT GOING TO REFUSE

YOU ANYMORE, LORD.

YOU KNOW I'VE SINNED.

YOU KNOW I'VE DONE THINGS

THAT ARE WRONG.

YOU KNOW I'VE USED YOUR NAME

IN VAIN.

BUT, LORD, RIGHT NOW, I

CONFESS THAT I OPEN MY HEART

TO YOU.

AND I ASK YOU TO COME IN.

COME, LORD, BE MY SAVIOR AND

BE THE LORD OF MY LIFE.

AND FROM THIS MOMENT ON I'M

GOING TO LIVE FOR YOU, AND I

WILL SERVE YOU.

THANK YOU, LORD.

THANK YOU.

NOW, IF YOU PRAYED THAT

PRAYER WITH ME, I WANT YOU

TO GO QUICKLY TO YOUR

TELEPHONES.

I WANT YOU TO CALL IN.

I HAVEç A LITTLE BOOK THAT I

WANT TO GIVE YOU CALLED "A

NEW DAY."

IT TELLS YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU

DO NEXT.

I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT.

I WANT YOU TO CALL AND SAY,

LOOK, ON THIS SPECIAL MAUNDY

THURSDAY, I PRAYED WITH PAT

AND I HAVE GIVEN MY HEART TO

THE LORD.

THE NUMBER IS THERE.

IT IS A TOLL-FREE NUMBER,

1-800-759-0700.

IT IS FREE.

BUT I ASK YOU TO GO TO YOUR

PHONES AND CALL.

SOMEBODY IS HERE THAT LOVES

YOU.

AND WE ALSO SAID TODAY WE'RE

GOING TO CELEBRATE THE TABLE

OF THE LORD.

SO I'LL ASK YOU NOW,

MR. DIRECTOR, IF I COULD

HAVE A LITTLE CAMERA ON THIS

RIGHT NOW.

I HAVE THE TABLE HERE, AND I

HAVE BEFORE ME THE BREAD AND

I HAVE THE WINE.

IF YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOME

SOME BREAD, SOME GRAPE

JUICE, SOME WINE, WHATEVER,

I'M GOING TO TAKE NOW WHAT

JESUS HIMSELF DID ON THE

NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS

CRUCIFIED.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS HE TOOK

BREAD AND HE BLESSED IT AND

HE BROKE IT.

AND, FATHER, WE ASK YOU TO

BLESS THIS BREAD, BLESS IT

AS WE PORTAKE TOGETHER.

I ASK THAT YOU WOULD BLESS

THOSE IN THIS AUDIENCE, AND

THAT YOU WOULD USE THIS AND

USE THIS TIME, THAT IT WOULD

BE A BLESSING TO US ALL.

THANK YOU, LORD.

THANK YOU.

Wendy: THANK YOU.

Pat: DO YOU WANT TO

SERVE THOSE PEOPLE IN THE

AUDIENCE?

Wendy: SURE.

Pat: WE HAVE A SMALL

STUDIO AUDIENCE, AND THEY'LL

BE TAKING THIS.

WHEREVER YOU ARE, I WANT YOU

TO TAKE THE BREAD.

THIS IS THE LORD'S BODY,

WHICH IS BROKEN FOR YOU.

AND HE SAYS, THIS DO AS

OFTEN AS YOU EAT IT IN

REMEMBRANCE OF ME.

THIS IS MY BODY, BROKEN, FOR

YOU.

THANK YOU, LORD.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE TOOK THE

CUP WHEN HE HAD SUPPED, AND

HE SAID, THIS CUP IS THE NEW

TESTAMENT, THE COVENANT IN

MY BLOOD.

DRINK YE, ALL OF IT.

THE NEW COVENANT, NOT THE

OLD COVENANT THAT HAS TO BE

SEALED OVER AND OVER WITH

THE BLOOD OF GOATS, BUT THIS

IS THE BLOOD OF THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST.

IF IN YOUR HOME YOU HAVE

SOMETHING, I WANT YOU TO

SHARE IT WITH US ON THIS

VERY SPECIAL DAY.

THIS IS THE NEW COVENANT.

THANK YOU, LORD.

THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF

ME.

AND HE SAYS, AS OFTEN AS YOU

EAT THIS BREAD AND DRINK

THIS CUP, YOU SHOW FORTH MY

DEATH UNTIL HE COMES.

SO I THANK YOU FOR BEING

WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THIS

SPECIAL EDITION OF "THE 700

CLUB."

AND WE LEAVE YOU WITH

TODAY'S POWER MINUTE FROM

ISAIAH 53: "HE WAS WOUNDED

FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS.

HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR

INEQUITIES.

THE CHASEISMENT OF OUR PEACE

IS AMONG HIM.

AND FROM HIS STRIPES WE ARE

HEALED."

AND HERE IS DARLENE SINGING

VICTOR'S CROWN.

HAPPY EASTER.

*

* THAT YOU WEAR THIS

VICTOR'S CROWN *

* YOU'RE MY SAVIOR

*

YOU'RE MY FRIEND *

* BY YOUR GRACE, I LIVE AND

BREATHE TO WORSHIP YOU *

* IT IS YOUR NAME I WILL BOW

DOWN *

* YOU WEAR THE VICTOR'S

CROWN *

* BY YOUR GRACE, WE LIVE AND

BREATHE TO WORSHIP YOU *

* HALLELUJAH

*

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