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Killing Jesus Video: Kelsey Grammer's King Herod Meets His Maker

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Despite the title of National Geographic’s Killing Jesus, the TV movie will explore much more than the Son of God’s final hours.

The three-hour event, which debuts this Sunday at 8/7c, charts the political and historical conflicts that led to Jesus’ execution. Haaz Sleiman (Covert Affairs, Nurse Jackie) stars as the titular Savior, with other cast members including True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer (as Pontius Pilate) and Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer (as King Herod).

In the exclusive sneak peek above, Grammer’s king — unwilling to lose his throne to baby Jesus, “The King of the Jews” — orders a massacre of all male children aged 2 and under.

But after Herod has a vision of those very killings, he learns that death is just around the corner for him, as well.

Press PLAY on the video above for a first look at Killing Jesus, then hit the comments with your thoughts.

 

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13 Comments
  1. George Webb says:

    Looks like this could be a very interesting special. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  2. Joe says:

    I saw a trailer of this movie yesterday…in the trailer there are two untrue statements that have caused me to lose ALL interest and credibility in this movie. (1) That Mary’s conception of Jesus at the Annunciation was “via Immaculate Conception”. And (2) that she was pregnant “out of wedlock”. The Immaculate Conception statement is dogmatically false…and both statements are doctrinally false. Don’t be bamboozled into heresy.

  3. rose says:

    Looking forward to watching …. YES IN DEED JOE👏💗👏

  4. HAP says:

    Reviews for this to date have been tepid at best.

  5. Whatever says:

    Lost interest when I found out Kelsey Grammer was in it.

  6. Mark says:

    Joe: Dogma affirms a religious belief. That belief is built on faith which informs us how the Almighty creator firstly communicates and then through the incarnation enters into our human condition. Thus Jesus (God with us) enters into and embraces all aspects of human experiences, even allowing us to reject and as seen in this film to take on and embrace death. Something all of us have to ultimately accept. Do we put our rationality and logic before the Will of God. Is there some other way that the virgin Mary becomes pregnant? Good to see that you are still restless and searching though!

    • Joe says:

      Not restless and searching at all Mark. There is only one truth…I know where to find it; and I don’t put my own spin on it…so no need to search…and because I don’t need to search…I’m not restless.

      As for your question about putting our rationality and logic before the will of God…of course we don’t. We pray to discern the will of God and work out our salvation…with fear and trembling. As for whether there is “some other way that the virgin Mary becomes pregnant”…at the Annunciation, the power of the Holy Spirit came upon her. That is called the Incarnation…not to be confused with MARY’S Immaculate Conception by natural means through her parents St Joachim and Anne. The trailer got it wrong when it interpreted the Incarnation as the Immaculate Conception. What else is wrong in the film? Don’t know…and at this point, don’t really care to find out since they’ve blundered already on two basic teachings.

      • Mark says:

        Joe, thanks for your reply. I am fully accepting that Mary was born through the natural process of procreation. The Incarnation occurs when Mary accepts that she has been asked to bare a child – through the power of the Holy Spirit. “Let it be done according to thy will”. this is the Immaculate conception. The Annunciation. The killing of Jesus is the journey of redemption and the gift of salvation for all humanity.

        • Joe says:

          Sorry Mark…close…but no cigar. Mary was Immaculately Conceived…not Jesus.

          • Mark says:

            Actually Joe it is Mary who is quoted as saying ‘I am the Immaculate Conception”. There is no reason or mention of Mary having anything other than a natural birth in the Bible. She was chosen and asked if she would conceive a child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus she conceived Immaculately! It is important that she is the conduit between earth and heaven. God enters into our human frailty care of the young maiden.

  7. cara says:

    This movie is ridiculously wrong. Did Bill O’Reilly ever read the bible? He should stick to getting politics wrong, not religion.

  8. Reblogged this on Riveting Daily Post and commented:
    A must-see for the holy week.