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Christian World News - April 14, 2017

This week on Christian World News: Historical proof for the resurrection. Three experts make their case for the risen Christ. Plus, you might call it the family business. The role Jesus's brothers and cousins played in leading the early church. ... Read Transcript


TODAY, THREE EXPERTS

MAKE THEIR CASE FOR THE

RISEN CHRIST.

PLUS...YOU MIGHT CALL IT

THE FAMILY BUSINESS, THE

ROLE JESUS' BROTHERS AND

COUSINS PLAYED IN LEADING

THE EARLY CHURCH.

AND...HOW JEWS ARE

KEEPING A LIVE A BIBLICAL

TRADITION THOUSANDS OF

YEARS AFTER THE EXODUS OUT

OF EGYPT.

> WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M JESSICA CHOCO.

CHRISTIANITY'S CORE

BELIEF IS THAT THE SON OF

GOD TOOK ON HUMAN FORM,

DIED FOR OUR SINS, AND

ROSE FROM THE DEAD TO GIVE

US ETERNAL LIFE.

IF JESUS CHRIST DIDN'T

COME BACK TO LIFE -- ALL

OF CHRISTIANITY DEPENDS ON

THE RESURRECTION.

AND AS PAUL STRAND

REPORTS, THERE IS PLENTY

OF PROOF TO BACK IT UP.

Paul: TO BELIEVE THE

EVENTS AROUND THAT FIRST

EASTER, YOU PRETTY MUCH

HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS

DID EXIST AND THAT THE NEW

TESTAMENT CAN BE TRUSTED.

BIBLICAL SCHOLAR JOHN THAN

MARROW.

WE HAVE FAR MORE

SOURCES OF JESUS OF

NAZARETH THAN FOR MANY

HISTORICAL FIGURES IN THE

FIRST CENTURY.

WE HAVE AT LEAST 18, 12

ARE NON-CHRISTIAN SOURCES.

Paul: AS FOR THE NEW

TESTAMENT --

THESE BOOKS ARE THE

BEST ATTESTED PIECES OF

ANCIENT LITERATURE WE

POSSESS.

Paul: DARYL BOCK SAYS

THE BIBLE HAS FAR MORE

PAGES SURVIVING THAN ANY

OTHER BOOK IN ANTIQUITY.

THERE ARE OVER 5800

GREEK MANUSCRIPTS.

AND MOST BOOKS WE WORK

WITH IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

HAVE AT BEST A DOZEN

MANUSCRIPTS.

Paul: FOR SOME THE

BIGGEST BARRIERS ARE

BELIEVING THAT JESUS

CHRIST COULD HAVE RISEN

FROM THE DEAD.

PAUL MADE THE ARGUMENT,

YOU CAN TEST THIS.

IF THE RESURRECTION DIDN'T

HAPPEN, CHRISTIANITY IS

FALSE.

WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT OR

NOT, IF THE RESURRECTION

DIDN'T HAPPEN,

CHRISTIANITY IS FALSE, GO

TO THE NEXT RELIGION.

Paul: BUT CHRISTIAN

EXPERTS SAY TO DISMISS THE

RESURRECTION, ANY THEORY

HAS TO EXPLAIN THREE

FACTS: THAT BECAUSE AN

EMPTY TOMB THREE DAYS

AFTER JESUS' BODY HAD BEEN

PLACED IN IT.

HE APPEARED TO HUNDREDS OF

PEOPLE IN NUMEROUS PLACES

FOR NEARLY SEVEN WEEKS

AFTER HIS CRUCIFIXION.

AND SOMETHING HUGE

HAPPENED TO TURN ALL OF

THE COWARDLY DISCIPLES

INTO BELIEVERS, AND THEY

WERE WILLING TO BE

TORTURED AND DIE FOR IT.

SOME SAY IT IS A VAST

CONSPIRACY TO TURN THE

DEPTH OF HIS DEATH INTO

THE POSITIVE OF A RISEN

LORD.

BUT SOME POINT OUT WHEN

YOU LOOK AT IT ALL THE WAY

THROUGH, IT IS EASIER TO

BELIEVE IN THE

RESURRECTION THAN ITS

ALTERNATIVES.

SOME SUGGEST THE FEMALE

DISCIPLES WHO FIRST FOUND

THE EMPTY TOMB MAY HAVE

JUST HAD THE WRONG TOMB.

BUT SURELY THE ROMAN

GUARDS, AND JOSEPH, WHO

OWNED THE TOMB WHERE JESUS

WAS, WOULD HAVE QUICKLY

CORRECTED THAT MISTAKE.

IF YOU'RE GOING AROUND

CLAIMING THAT JESUS ROSE

FROM THE DEAD, THAT

MESSAGE WOULDN'T EVEN GET

OFF THE GROUND.

Paul: JOSH MCDOWELL

SAID THESE DISCIPLES KNEW

THIS...

IN THE RESURRECTION,

WHERE WAS THE HARDEST

PLACE TO CONVINCE ANYONE

IT WAS TRUE IF IT WAS

FALSE?

JERUSALEM.

WHERE A 15-MINUTE WALK BY

ANYONE COULD CONFIRM THE

EMPTINESS OF THE TOMB.

Paul: THE JEWISH

LEADERS BRIBED THE TOMB'S

GUARDS TO SAY THEY HAD

FALLEN ASLEEP, AND THE

DISCIPLES HAD STOLEN

JESUS' BODY.

BUT IF THEY HAD FALLEN

ASLEEP, HOW DID THEY KNOW

IT WAS THE DISCIPLES.

AND WOULD THEY HAVE LIVED

AND DIED FOR A FICTION

THEY MADE UP?

IF THEY KNEW IT, YOU

WOULD HAVE TO SAY HERE ARE

THESE MEN WHO NOT ONLY

DIED FOR A LIE, BUT THEY

KNEW IT WAS A LIE.

I CHALLENGE YOU TO FIND

OUT IF THAT IS TRUE.

IT'S NOT.

YOU DON'T DIE KNOWINGLY

FOR SOMETHING YOU KNOW YOU

MADE UP.

YOU WOULD BACK OFF.

AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN

EITHER.

Paul: THESE AND OTHER

EXPERTS SAY IN TRUTH, IT

TAKES SOMETHING AS RADICAL

AS JESUS' RESURRECTION TO

COMPLETELY TRANSFORM

COWARDLY PETER.

WHO WAS SO SCARED BEFORE

THE CRUCIFIXION HE SWORE

HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW JESUS.

YOU SEE PETER GOING

FROM COWARD TO THIS

COURAGEOUS CHAMPION, AND

HE IS SAYING, HERE I

STAND.

THIS IS WHAT I'M SAYING.

Paul: JESUS' BROTHER

JAMES WAS ALSO INSTANTLY

CHANGED.

JAMES, THE BROTHER OF

JESUS, DIDN'T FOLLOW JESUS

DURING HIS EARTHLY

MINISTRY.

HE THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY.

HE THOUGHT HE WAS

EMBARRASSING THE FAMILY,

EVERYTHING.

AND THEN JESUS APPEARED TO

HIM, AND JAMES BECAME THE

LEADER OF THE CHURCH OF

JERUSALEM.

AND JAMES BECOMES AN EARLY

LEADER IN THE CHURCH AND

WAS PERSECUTED AND

EVENTUALLY KILLED FOR THAT

BELIEF.

Paul: AND IT COULD

ONLY BE A RESURRECTED

JESUS WHO COULD HAVE SHOWN

UP AFTER.

H BUT IN HIS OWN WORDS,

CHRIST APPEARED TO HIM.

SO THE MAIN THING IS

JUST EXPLAINING HOW

SOMEONE LIKE A SAUL, WHO

BECOMES PAUL, EVEN EXISTS.

HE WAS HOLDING THE CODE

WHEN PEOPLE WERE KILLING

THE FIRST CHRISTIANS.

HE WAS ADAMANTLY OPPOSED

TO THIS MOVEMENT.

AND THEN HE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

WHAT ACCOUNTS FOR THAT?

FROM A CHRISTIAN HATER

TO A CHRISTIAN LOVER --

SOMETHING HAPPENED IN

PAUL'S LIFE THAT I'VE

NEVER FOUND ANY OTHER

EXPLANATION THAT EVEN

COMES CLOSE TO SATISFYING

ME, EXCEPT JESUS APPEARED

TO PAUL AFTER THE

RESURRECTION.

Paul: THE FIRST

CENTURY JEWS BELIEVED

WOMEN WERE SECOND-CLASS

CITIZENS.

SO IF THEY WERE LYING,

THEY MADE THEIR STORY ALL

THE HARDER TO ACCEPT BY

PUTTING WOMEN AT THE

FOREFRONT.

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE,

AND JOHN THEY ALL RECOUNT

JESUS' EARLIEST WOMEN

FOLLOWERS FINDING THE

TOMB.

A WOMAN'S TESTIMONY WOULD

HAVE BEEN THE LEVEL JUST

ABOUT A SLAVE, AND THAT

WOULD NOT BE YOUR BEST

FOOT FORWARD.

YOU NEVER MAKE UP A

STORY THAT WAY.

THIS IS WHAT IS CALLED A

CRITERION OF

EMBARRASSMENT.

SO THE REASON THE STORY IS

THIS WAY, IS BECAUSE IT

MUST BE GROUNDED IN WHAT

HAPPENS.

Paul: IT DOESN'T

EXPLAIN HIS APPEARANCE

BEFORE 500 PEOPLE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL IN 1

CORINTHIANS 15 SUGGESTED

DOUBTERS GO TALK TO HIM.

YOU HAVE LIVING

HISTORY.

YOU HAVE THE PEOPLE WHO

WERE THERE TO CROSS-CHECK

WHATEVER MESSAGE IS THERE.

IT IS NOT AS IF NO ONE

WOULD HAVE CHALLENGED IT.

THERE WERE WITNESSES.

IT HAS ALL OF THE RING

OF TRUTH AND NOT THE RING

OF THE CONSPIRACY THEORY,

WHERE THEY MADE THIS THING

UP.

A LOT OF PEOPLE THEN

SAY THE APPEARANCES OF

JESUS WERE HALLUCINATIONS.

500 PEOPLE AT ONE TIME.

Paul: BUT HE STUDIED

THE RESEARCH ON

HALLUCINATIONS, AND NO TWO

PEOPLE EVER HAVE THE SAME

HALLUCINATION.

IT IS ALL INTERNAL

SUBJECTIVE.

WOULD 500 PEOPLE HAVE THE

SAME HALLUCINATION?

PAUL WOULD BE 500 MIRACLES

EQUAL TO THE RESURRECTION.

Paul: BUT HE DOES SAY

TO ACCEPT THE

RESURRECTION, YOU HAVE TO

BELIEVE IN GOD.

IF YOU BELIEVE GOD

SCOIFORTSEXISTS, THEN MIRACLES

BECOME POSSIBLE.

IT IS NOT A BLIND FAITH

KIND OF THING LIKE

BELIEVING IN THE EASTER

BUNNY.

CHRISTIANS DON'T BELIEVE

THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE

DEAD BECAUSE THE BIBLE

SAYS SO.

THEY BELIEVE HE ROSE FROM

THE DEAD BECAUSE THAT'S

WHAT THE EARLIEST AND

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS SHOW.

Paul: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS.

COMING UP, THE FAMILY

THAT CHANGED HISTORY.

HOW JESUS' BROTHERS AND

COUSINS CARRIED ON HIS

WORK AND HELPED ESTABLISH

THE CHURCH.

Jessica: IN FIRST

CENTURY JERUSALEM, JESUS

OF NAZARETH WAS CRUCIFIED

AS A HERITIC.

HE HAD NO WIFE OR

CHILDREN, BUT HE DID LEAVE

BEHIND A FAMILY, FROM HIS

BROTHERS TO HIS COUSINS

AND EVEN GRANDNEPHEWS.

GORDON ROBERTSON TAKES US

BACK.

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.

IMAGINE ONE DAY YOUR

OLDER BROTHER COMES HOME

AND SAYS, FAMILY, I'VE GOT

SOME WONDERFUL NEWS: I'M

THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE

LIVING GOD.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO,

REACH FOR THE PHONE BOOK

TO CALL A PSYCHIATRIST.

HE IS DELUDED.

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 HIS

LIFETIME, BUT OH, 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 OF THE

NEW TESTAMENT.

Gordon: JAMES WAS A

DEVOUT MAN WHO WAS

WELL-KNOWN IN THE JEWISH

TEMPLE.

PHATIC, H AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE

WAS CALLED JAMES OF THE

JUST BECAUSE HE WAS

SOMETHING OF A HOLY MAN.

HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL BRIDGE

BETWEEN JUD JUDAISM AND

CHRISTIANITY.

AND HE WAS KNOWN AS OLD

CAMEL KNEES BECAUSE HE K

KNET SO MUCH HIS KNEES

BECAME HARD.

Gordon: HE MADE THE

HISTORIC DECISION THAT

GENTILE CHRISTIANS SHOULD

NOT BE FORCED TO CONVERT

TO JUDAISM.

I KID YOU NOT.

IF THAT COUNCIL HAD NOT

MADE THE DECISION THAT IT

DID, I'M NOT SURE THE

CHRISTIAN CHURCH WOULD

HAVE SURVIVED.

Gordon: THE CHURCH IN

JERUSALEM SURVIVED, BUT

JAMES, LIKE HIS BROTHER

BEFORE HIM, DIED A VIOLENT

DEATH.

BECAUSE JAMES HAD

ENTREE 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 THEY 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 HE

HAD A CLUB THAT THEY USE

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 NAMED

CLOPUS, AND CLOPUS HAD A

SON NAMED SIMEON.

Gordon: IN LUKE'S

GOSPEL, CLOPUS IS ONE OF

THE TWO MEN WHO WALKED

WITH JESUS ON THE ROAD TO

AMAN.

EARLY WRITERS SAY THIS MAN

WAS THE BROTHER OF JOSEPH

THE CARPENTER, WHICH MEANS

THAT HE WAS ALSO JESUS'

UNCLE.

CLOPUS HAD A SON NAMED

SIMEON.

SO JESUS WOULD HAVE HAD

THIS AS HIS FIRST COUSIN.

Gordon: SIMEON BECAME

THE BISHOP OF JERUSALEM IN

A.D.66.

THE JEWISH WAR WITH ROME

HAD JUST GONE, AND THE

CITY WAS UNSERGE.

WHEN YOU SEE JERUSALEM

SURROUNDED BY ARMIES, THEN

YOU WILL KNOW THAT THE

TIME OF ITS DESTRUCTION

HAS ARRIVED.

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.

Jessica: UP NEXT, IN

PART TWO OF OUR STORY, HOW

ROME'S MILITARIES ALLOWED

THE EARLY CHURCH TO ESCAPE

DESTRUCTION.

Jessica: IN THE YEARS

AFTER JESUS' RESURRECTION,

THE CHURCH FACED HARD

TIMES UNDER ROMAN

OCCUPATION.

AND IT WAS THE LORD'S

FAMILY MEMBERS WHO TOOK

THE LEAD.

GORDON ROBERTSON BRINGS US

MORE ABOUT THEIR LIFE AND

MINISTRY.

Gordon: IN NOVEMBER,

THE ROMAN ARMY RETREATEDED

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

PELLA, IN THE HILLS OF

MODERN DAY JORDAN.

WE DON'T KNOW WHY PELLA

WAS SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN,

ACCEPT FOR THE FACT IT WAS

ACROSS THE JORDAN RIVER,

AND IT WAS POPULATED BY

PRIMARILY GENTILES, AND IT

WOULD BE QUITE A LOGICAL

PLACE OF REFUGE IF YOU

WANT TO GET AWAY FROM

ANYTHING CONTROLLED BY

JERUSALEM.

Gordon: SIMEON AND

HIS CONGREGATION SPENT THE

NEXT FOUR YEARS SAFELY IN

PELLA.

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 HAD FIRST

RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT,

AND WHERE JESUS HAD

CELEBRATED THE LAST SUPPER

WITH HIS DISCIPLES.

THEY BUILT A NEW JUDEO

CHRISTIAN SYNAGOGUE ON THE

SITE WHERE THE UPPER ROOM

ONCE STOOD.

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,

DIMITION.

WHO CARRIED OUT ONE OF THE

MOST VIOLENT CHRISTIAN

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, YOU

RECALL.

AND HE HAD A SON -- WE

DON'T KNOW HIS NAME.

AND HE HAD SONS.

JESUS' GRANDNEPHEWS.

THE GRANDSONS OF JUDE WERE

ARRESTED AND BROUGHT

BEFORE THE EMPEROR

DIMITION IN ROME.

BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE

PRETENDERS TO THE JEWISH

THRONE.

Gordon: JESUS HIMSELF

HAD 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 DIMITION.

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 THEM

ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF

JESUS, AND WHEN IT WOULD

BE ESTABLISHED.

THEY REPLIED THAT IT WAS A

HEAVENLY KINGDOM, NOT AN

EARTHLY ONE.

WHEN THE BROTHERS

APPEARED BEFORE DOMITIAN,

HE ASKED THEM ABOUT THEIR

BACKGROUND AND SORTS, AND

THEY WERE RUSTIC SORTS,

AND USED TO AGRICULTURAL

TOIL.

AND THEY HAD ONLY ABOUT

80 ACRES BETWEEN THEM, AND

THEY SHOWED THEM THEIR

HANDS, WHICH WERE BATTERED

FROM FARM LABOR.

AND DOMITIAN DECIDED,

THESE DON'T LOOK LIKE

ROYAL TYPES TO ME.

REMOVE THEM, YOU'RE NO

THREAT TO ME.

AT THAT TIME 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.

THEY WERE CALLED THE

"DESPOSINE," AND THAT

MEANS LORD IN GREEK.

AND SO THEY WERE VERY BIG

AND THE CHURCH AFTER THAT.

Gordon: SEVERAL YEARS

LATER, THE TWO BROTHERS

WERE MARTYRED UNDER A

DIFFERENT ROMAN EMPEROR,

TRAJAN.

FOR THE NEXT FEW DECADES,

MEMBERS OF JESUS' FAMILY

CONTINUED TO LEAD THE

CHURCH IN JERUSALEM.

NOTHING IS KNOWN OF THEM

EXCEPT THEIR NAMES,

PRESERVED IN EARLY CHURCH

RECORDS.

THE LAST KNOWN RELATIVE OF

JESUS WAS JUDAH KARIOKA.

HE WAS THE GREAT GRANDSON

OF JESUS BROTHER, JUDE,

AND THE LAST JEWISH BISHOP

OF JERUSALEM.

IN A.D. 130, THE EMPEROR

LEVELLED THE CITY OF

JERUSALEM.

ON ITS RUINS, HE BUILT A

NEW CITY, DEDICATED TO THE

ROMANED GOD, JUPITER.

THE RECORDS OF JESUS'

FAMILY WERE LOST, ALONG

WITH THE OLD CITY OF

JERUSALEM.

AFTER THAT, WE LOSE

TRACK.

NOT THAT THERE MIGHT NOT

HAVE BEEN GENERATIONS WHO

WERE RELATED TO JESUS, BUT

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, THE BROTHERS,

COUSINS, AND UNCLES,

SPREAD TO THE ENDS OF THE

EARTH.

WE HAVE TWO BILLION,

250 MILLION CHRISTIANS

TODAY.

THE LARGEST AND MOST

SUCCESSFUL SINGLE

PHENOMENON THAT HAS EVER

HIT THIS PLANET.

Jessica: WE HAVE A

SPECIAL WEB PAGE WITH MORE

STORIES ABOUT EASTER AND

THE EARLY CHURCH.

FIND THE LINK AT THE

WEBSITE cbn.com.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Jessica: EVERY YEAR

JEWISH PEOPLE CELEBRATE

THE SCU EXODUS FROM JESUS WITH

THE PASSOVER SADAR.

CHRIS MITCHELL EXPLAINS

ITS SYMBOLISM.

Chris: THE BIBLE

CALLS IT THE BREAD OF

AFFLICTION, UNLEVENED

BREAD, OR MATZAH.

EVERY YEAR THE JEWISH

PEOPLE ARE COMMANDED TO

RETELL THE STORY OF THEIR

EXODUS FROM EGYPT AND TO

EAT UNLEVENED BREAD FOR

SEVEN DAYS.

BECAUSE THE LORD MADE

THEM LEAVE VERY FAST, THEY

HAD BREAD THAT DIDN'T HAVE

TIME TO RISE.

Chris: MOST ISRAELIS

TAKE THE COMMANDMENT TO

EAT UNLEVENED BREAD VERY

SERIOUSLY, AND MANY

ACTUALLY LIKE IT.

GROCERIES LIKE THIS ONE

DEVOTE WHOLE SECTIONS TO

IT.

AND YOU CAN GET EGG, WHOLE

WHEAT, AND EVEN CHOCOLATE

MATZAH.

THE MATZAH HAS TO BE

MADE OF FLOUR AND WATER

ONLY.

BUT IT IS NOT REGULAR

FLOUR.

Chris: ROY WELT IS

VICE PRESIDENT, AND HE

TOLD THAT THE WHOLE

PROCESS MUST BE FINISHED

IN 18 MINUTES, BECAUSE THE

MOMENT WATER TOUCHES THE

FLOUR, IT STARTS RISING.

IN REALITY, OR PROCESS

IS MUCH, MUCH FASTER.

AND THE WHOLE PROCESS

TAKES NO LONGER THAN

THREE, FOUR MINUTES.

BUT EVERY 15 MINUTES, IN

ORDER TO AVOID TO HAVE ANY

LEFTOVERS OF LEVENED

DOUGH, WE HAVE TO CLEAN

THE MIXER SYSTEMS.

Chris: HE IS THE

SIXTH GENERATION TO WORK

IN HIS FAMILY'S BUSINESS,

WHICH STARTED IN 1837.

AND THEY'VE BEEN IN THE

CURRENT FACTORY SINCE

1946.

IN THE BASEMENT HERE,

WHERE WE HAVE THE FLOUR

SILOS, THIS IS WHERE THE

FIRST DEFENSE FORCES USED

TO HIDE THE WEAPONS FROM

THE BRITISH MANDATE.

Chris: THE LAST

SUPPER WOULD HAVE BEEN

WITH UNLEVENED BREAD.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, SOME

LIKE TO TAKE COMMUNION

WITH LEVENED BREAD.

THEY SAY IT IS SYMBOLIC OF

THE MESSIAH HIMSELF.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS.

Jessica: A WONDERFUL

STORY.

THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS

WEEK.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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