In Judea, the emergence of a new Messiah is greeted with alarm by both the Roman Protectorate and their Jewish collaborators. Although it puts him on a collision course with Pontius Pilate (Gary Oldman), the newly appointed governor, Jesus (Jeremy Sisto) begins his crusade to spread God's word. Mindful of Jesus's growing popularity, Pilate hopes the Jews will do his dirty work for him. Apprised of the miracles of the Wedding feast of Cana and the Rising of Lazarus from the dead, high priest Caiaphas (Christian Kohlund) campaigns successfully for Jesus's arrest. Taking advantage of a clemency law, Pilate offers the throngs their choice of freeing Barabbas (Claudio Ame...