He's off the Cross and in the Bronx --
PILOT SCRIPT / SERIES BIBLE / FIRST SEASON OUTLINES AVAILABLE
A dark, half-naked man wakes up in a dirty alley in the Bronx, with no idea where he is or how he got there. Everything he encounters seems to shock and scare him -- the people, the cacophony of the city, language, cars. His name is Yeshua, and he may or may not be JESUS, straight off the cross, transported through time.
He’s charismatic and sort of… Hot. By the end of the pilot episode he can speak English, he's the object of more than one person's affection, and he's got a new identity: Joshua Cohen from Rego Park, Queens.
At first he’s horrified by the many crucifixes hanging on walls and dangling from necklaces. What kind of people glorify an instrument of torture and death? Once it dawns on him that the blue-eyed blonde guy on the cross is meant to be HIM!? Well, that's just insane. Then there's his family. Luci, the older sister he never knew he had and has never met, is waiting for him in modern day New York. But why? Is she there to help him or hinder? Is she in God's good graces… or is she… the Devil? And what about their Dad? Don't even start.
Melosa, a sexy former heroin addict, becomes his girlfriend. When he finally reveals his true identity, she thinks he's either psychotic or a lying sociopath. In the first season finale she gets incontrovertible proof. Love seemingly wins the day. Her series two dilemma: Does she really want to one day be God's daughter-in-law?
Joshua's adventures are varied, surprising, dangerous, funny, and sexually charged. Some people might think they're profane -- the Bible makes no mention of how Jesus might respond to a teen chick-with-a-dick hooker, for instance, and reasonable people may disagree about his level of acceptance or how involved he might get. The charisma that in his own time makes people follow him, is perceived as something more like animal magnetism in our world, leading Joshua into some rather sticky situations -- um, literally.
But the show isn't meant to be anti-religious. Joshua must learn how to be human in our time. Understanding the clashing customs, cultures, and colors of modern life is an almost diabolically tall order. And if, along the way, there are times when he thinks he should lie, cheat, steal, and even kill, well, he'll have his reasons… The thing is, God has propelled Joshua forward BEFORE the resurrection in his own time. Since changing history is the cardinal no-no, is he supposed to go back? What about OTHER religions? If he stays here does that mean Christianity never happens and time gets a major re-boot? Or do God and Luci have other ideas entirely? After all, who says the world even WANTS to be saved? c. 2019