On February 4, PBS ran a documentary entitled The Last Days of Jesus. In it, Jesus is depicted as a participant in a three-person plot to reshape the political landscape of an unruly Judea population, a persistent thorn in the side of its Roman occupiers. In the plot, Herod Antipas, son of the late Herod the Great and ruler of Galilee, was to become King of all Palestine. Jesus was to become the spiritual leader, replacing the High Priest and ushering in a reformed Jewish tradition that would be more receptive to Roman occupation. All of this was to take place under the leadership of Lucius Aelius Sejanus, the heir apparent to Emperor Tiberius. The plan falls apart at the last minute when Sejanus is executed for the death of Tiberius’ two sons. The plot turns to disaster. In the film, the Last Supper is recast as a strategic meeting between Jesus and his disciples to determine how to best recover from the failed plot. As the story goes, Judas became angry at Jesus for leading the group down the primrose path with a hair-brained scheme. He turns Him in to the local authorities, and the rest is history.
I am shocked that PBS would publish such a film. It totally ignores the events of the first Easter Sunday, perhaps the most important part of Jesus’ life; i.e., resurrection and ascension. As discussed in the near-by blogs, sometime proximate to sunrise on the first Easter Sunday, Jesus’ crucified body de-materialized into its atomic parts. That it did is confirmed in Shroud of Turin research and collaborated by similar strange deaths by vanishing in the Eastern traditions, primarily Tibet. These strange deaths result when the adepts achieve, through life-long commitment, a selfless state of mind. The record is clear. One cannot achieve the glorious and graceful death that Jesus achieved by leading a life as advocate for regime change and kingly ambition. Death by vanishing requires an ascetic life full of detachment and intense meditation led under the highest moral imperative. Plug in the truth of what happened after Jesus died and the PBS story is rendered poppycock.
I find it incredible that a company with the reputation of PBS would be so reckless as to sponsor such an account of Jesus without addressing all the key parts of His life. You can’t begin to understand His life by stopping it at the first Good Friday. An explanation of the events of the first Easter Sunday must also be included.
I encourage each blogger who reads this post to contact PBS and let them know they made a critical, ignorant mistake in broadcasting that film.