The Resurrection, director Mel Gibson’s follow-up to Passion of the Christ, is bound to be as successful and controversial as its predecessor. Gibson noted in September 2016 that it was going to be a huge undertaking to start work on The Resurrection. “Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it,” Gibson stated. Indeed, the film will be quite big for audiences when it comes out. It’s hopeful that none of the audience ends up at luxury detox centers. However, the question truly is what can audiences expect from the film itself? After Jesus’ death, his story does not end.
In fact, it is only just the beginning. Jesus is resurrected from the dead and begins to make it known he is alive. After he is buried, the body is discovered to have disappeared. He begins to make appearances to people he knew during his life on earth. He first talks to Mary Magdalene, who does not recognize him whatsoever. He then appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. His presence was made known once the breaking of the bread started. In the infamous upper room story, Jesus appears to the disciples and Thomas cannot believe his eyes.That is where he got the name “doubting Thomas,” because he did not believe Jesus could possibly be alive. He appears later to Peter at the Sea of Galilee and his last appearance is after the forty days where he was taken up to heaven to sit at the right hand of God.
However, Jesus did not stop his presence on earth there at all. He was going to make one more appearance, which was to Saint Paul. At the time, Paul was known as Saul of Tarsus, a prosecutor of Jesus’ disciples. Once Saul was blinded and could not see for 3 days, he was eventually able to see once more. It was Jesus through Ananias of Damascus that gave Saul his sight back and the name Paul. Many of these stories we should expect to see happen in The Resurrection but not at luxury detox centers.
The film is also likely to feature returning players such as Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene. And Gibson assured how there will not be simplistic chronological storytelling. “It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event,” Gibson said. “That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.’… But what are the other things around it that happened?” These “other things” are likely the other stories mentioned within this piece about Jesus’ resurrected appearances.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery and the entertainment industry.