The Bible Miniseries on the History Channel Review

If you’ve ever visited a carnival and strolled through the house of mirrors, you know that things aren’t always as they seem. But even if you’ve chosen to skip the trips to the carnival and pass up the greasy food and roller coasters, you’re probably still aware that life doesn’t always turn out the way it seemed to be at first.

Tuning in on Palm Sunday to watch the fourth installment of The Bible Miniseries on The History Channel would invite one to examine this same idea: things…and people are not always as they seem.

Right when thousands of people have gathered to see Jesus, it seems that the disciples have reason to panic. They’re surrounded by thousands of people, and have the task of feeding them with barely any food.

Just as he is about to come see Mary, Martha, and their sick brother Lazarus; Jesus delays and Lazarus dies.

As Jesus enters Jerusalem, it seems that he is about to start a revolution and overturn the Roman oppressors of Israel.

When Jesus enters the Temple, it seems that he would be pleased with the large amount of people who’ve come to be in the house of the Lord.

And Judas approaches Jesus, seeming to demonstrate his sincere love for him as he gently kisses him on the cheek.

But remember, things are not always as they seem.

Jesus easily feeds the thousands, raises Lazarus from the dead, humbly enters Jerusalem without swords and clubs, demonstrates his disgust at the Temple by overthrowing tables and driving out the people, and lets the Romans arrest him after Judas has betrayed him with a kiss.

As we see these things happen before our eyes, we are suddenly forced to acknowledge the fact that our own assumptions about how life should happen may not have been accurate. Perhaps the plan we had for our career didn’t go as planned. Maybe our children aren’t acting the way we think they should. Even the expectations we have for our local church may be brought to question as we face forks in the road in the darkness of midnight.

Think to yourself for a moment, “Has my life been what I always wanted it to be?”

Chances are, the routes you planned for getting where you want in life as quick as possible were closed off and you took a more scenic route to your future.

The good news is…you and I are not alone.

Even Jesus faced moments where things were not what they seemed to be. Even Jesus wept.

And I’m pretty sure that if we asked Lazarus about what he pictured his life looking like, he wouldn’t include a vacation in a tomb without a beating heart. The disciples would probably appreciate being clued in on the fact that Jesus was going to feed everyone. Martha may have saved a lot of money by not having to buy the burial oils for Lazarus’ body.

But if there’s anything to learn from Palm Sunday’s episode of The Bible Miniseries on The History Channel, it is that scenic routes often teach us what our original plans excluded. And as often as our favorite Bible character’s stories take plot twists, God’s faithfulness remains unshaken.

The journey we venture on when we accept Christ’s invitation to his Love is often like entering a carnival. The rides have their ups and downs, and things seem shaky at first. But the assurance we have is that whether the roller coaster is up or down, whether our circumstances are or aren’t what they seem, we are still strapped in to the scenic route that he has built specifically for us. And the roller coasters God builds are much more adventurous and worthwhile than any highway you or I could develop. If you don’t believe me, just ask Lazarus. You’ll need to bring him back from the dead first though, but don’t worry, I know a guy who’s in that line of work.

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