The BBC has re-written the Gospel for a four-part miniseries called “The Passion”. It is to be shown in western Holy Week.
The Jesus of the BBC is so squishy and limp that even the liberal philosopher/theologian/columnist/Anglican vicar Giles Fraser thinks He’s nice but dull. “Following his BBC makeover Jesus is transformed into a sympathetic male nurse preaching the gospel of equal opportunities.”
No, there’s nothing there to offend anyone. This is the Jesus of Religious Education classes in most schools. He’s has lots of nice platitudes, but there’s no “Take up your cross and follow Me.” There’s no “I’m the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There’s no “Unless you eat My flesh and drink My blood, you have no part in Me.”
Judas in no longer a bad guy. Neither is Caiaphas. According to the series producer, “By such accounts as there are from the time, Caiaphas was reckoned to be a fair man and a good high priest. [He was] a man doing a very difficult job and doing it well.” So why would such a fair man plot to put such an inoffensive man to death?