Miracles Of Jesus

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Thursday 17 December, 8.30pm

Episode Two: Did Jesus really believe he was the son of God? 2000 years ago, Jesus was renowned for being able to perform incredible deeds. He was said to be able to heal the sick; exorcise demons and even silence the strongest forces of nature. For centuries, the Christian church has taught that these spectacular acts were signs that Jesus was God’s only son – he was divine. But was this just wishful thinking, or was it what Jesus himself really believed? This film explores some of Jesus’ more controversial miracles – an exorcism of a violent man possessed by many demons; the healing of the blind; and a stilling of an unexpected storm – and makes its way across Israel, attempting to find out whether these miracles can tell us who Jesus was. Traveling to the places Jesus lived, the programme examines the Bible accounts of the miracles Jesus is said to have performed, to try to get inside his mind. In a world where a claim of divinity was blasphemous – a crime punishable by death – could Jesus really have believed he was the Son of God?

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 10 December, 8.30pm

Illusionist Brock Gill hosts Miracles of Jesus an objective look at the miracles Jesus performed and investigates whether they were illusions or reality. For centuries critics have claimed that Jesus’ miracles never happened or that they were purely illusions. As an illusionist and a Christian, Brock has often had to deal with the claim that Jesus was only a magician. Traveling throughout the Middle East and Holy Lands, theories of Jesus miracles resonate through his mind as he ventures to find out. Can ancient miracles be re-created using 21st century technology? “Was He a magician? Was He an illusionist? Was He a hypnotist?” asks Brock, “Was He a paranormalist? Or was he just a master of psychology? What was the deal? Was He a real miracle worker?” Brock’s questions take him to three different locations where Jesus performed His miracles. In Nain, Galilee, Brock investigates the widow’s son being raised from the dead. In Golan Heights, the multiplication of loaves and fishes for the feeding of 5,000 people, and the Sea of Galilee to investigate the miracle that has stumped illusionists from day one – walking on water. “I’ve always been fascinated by miracles, ever since I was a kid reading the Bible stories. They were so outside of the ordinary,” says Brock. “I always liked the idea of being able to walk across the water.”

EP 1 – In first-century Galilee, what did miracles mean? Even if you don’t believe in miracles, Jesus had a great reputation as a miracle worker amongst friend and foe alike, something also acknowledged by contemporary historians and rival faiths. That indisputable fact prompts the question – what do the miracles reveal about who the people at the time believed Jesus was? Thanks to archaeological finds like the Dead Sea Scrolls we can better understand the mindset of first-century Jews, and it reveals that the miracles of Jesus were more than amazing stories – they were also an ancient language full of hidden meanings that are largely lost on us but that would have been understood by the Jews of antiquity. This programme looks closely at four famous miracles – the feeding of the five thousand, the raising of the widow’s son, the walking on water and the changing of water into wine at the marriage of Cana – and finds that each miracle provoked a radically different perception of Jesus. Looking for clues in the sites around the Sea of Galilee associated with the miracles, the film pieces together a surprising first-century portrait of Jesus.