dedicated to the movie called "Jesus of Nazareth" 1977 by Franco
Zeffirelli, The film begins with the events prior to the Anunciation
and Nativity, through the life of Christ, leading up to the Crucifixion
and Resurrection, from Joseph's betrothal to Mary (played by Olivia
Hussey, best known for her role as Juliet in the aforementioned film.)
to the Empty Tomb on Easter Sunday. First-rate production allows us to
observe with great detail the customs and daily life in first-century
Judaea. The backdrop of Roman oppression and Jewish discontent is
masterfully shown and successfully correlated to Jesus' ministry, in
particular the political maneuvering of the cunning Herod (wondrously
played by Peter Ustinov) and its effects on messianic expectation. Many
persons mentioned only in passing or alluded to in the gospels such as
Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate are portrayed with great credibility,
allowing us to understand the historical figures' motives and
intentions more fully.
Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov (born Peter Alexander von Ustinow) (April 16, 1921 - March 29, 2004) was a British-born and raised actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur. Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot Ustinov was born in Swiss Cottage in London. The collapse of the Soviet Empire at the beginning of the 1990s gave Ustinov new opportunities to explore the Russian part of his heritage. He died in Switzerland of heart failure in March, 2004.
Luke Chapter 6
Love your enemies
27: "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28: bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Matthew Chapter 5
Love your enemies
46: For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Luke Chapter 6
29: To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.
30: Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again.
31: And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them
37: "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Matthew Chapter 5
48: You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Luke Chapter 11
9: And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
10: For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew Chapter 8
6: and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress."
7: And he said to him, "I will come and heal him."
8: But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9: For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,' and he goes, and to another, `Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,' and he does it."
10: When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.
11: I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
12: while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth."
13: And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.
John Chapter 9
Cure the Blind Man1: As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.
2: And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3: Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him.
4: We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work.
5: As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6: As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man's eyes with the clay,
7: saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Silo'am" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
8: The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, "Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?"
9: Some said, "It is he"; others said, "No, but he is like him." He said, "I am the man."
10: They said to him, "Then how were your eyes opened?"
11: He answered, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, `Go to Silo'am and wash'; so I went and washed and received my sight."
12: They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."
13: They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.
14: Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
15: The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see."
16: Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was a division among them.
17: So they again said to the blind man, "What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
24: So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner."
25: He answered, "Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see."
35: Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, "Do you believe in the Son of man?"
36: He answered, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
37: Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you."
38: He said, "Lord, I believe"; and he worshiped him.
39: Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."
40: Some of the Pharisees near him heard this, and they said to him, "Are we also blind?"
41: Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, `We see,' your guilt remains.
Matthew Chapter 23
Denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees13: "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in.
15: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
16: "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'
17: You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?
18: And you say, `If any one swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.'
19: You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
20: So he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it;
21: and he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who dwells in it;
22: and he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.
23: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
24: You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
25: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity.
26: You blind Pharisee! first cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
27: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
28: So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30: saying, `If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
31: Thus you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32: Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
33: You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?
34: Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,
35: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechari'ah the son of Barachi'ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
36: Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation.
37: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
38: Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate.
39: For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
John Chapter 3
1: Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named
Nicode'mus, a ruler of the Jews.
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