This website isn’t known for its book or movie reviews, but after running across The Chosen, I believe I must make it known to this audience. It is too good to not say something. It just came out last year and is spreading by word of mouth.
The Chosen is the first TV series of Jesus ministry, and is not a movie. But what makes Chosen so special is it tells the story of Jesus’ ministry, from the point of view of the persons who were completely changed by our Lord and Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, in a real and personal way.
Much of each episode is spent on the backstory of each character such as Mary Magdalene, Matthew, Nicodemus, Simon and Andrew, and the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at Jacob’s well. The episodes’ stories build up to the point at which they meet Jesus and are changed, and the viewer can sympathize both with where the character has been, and what he or she is experiencing as they meet Christ. Some scenes I’ve seen many times and still can’t keep dry eyes.
Much of the story supports the Gospel accounts but is not directly out of the Bible (for example, much of Episode 1 is the backstory to Luke 8:2, and is engaging nevertheless). The scene in which a character encounters Christ does track with Scripture, with a few lines between the Gospel lines to add to the realness of the scene.
Overall, the setting and feel of the production is so real and startling. What I mean is the writing is superb, as is the acting and direction. Some Christian productions have the characters look for several seconds with a blank or dumb look on their faces. Not here. There are even some little modern expressions sprinkled in as when Jesus helps the former cripple stand up and He says to him, “Easy does it.” The action and dialogue is natural.
I believe that what is touched inside of us is the reminder that faith in Jesus Christ is not a religion, but comes from a relationship started when He touched you in some way at some place in your life regardless of what you had done. It’s a reminder that He deeply loves you and has reached out to you, and wants you for his. (Isaiah 43:1 is wonderfully repeated in Episode 1, as an example.)
Simon Peter the schemer, Mary Magdalene the oppressed, Matthew the recorder who questions all he knows, Nicodemus the seeker, all met Jesus and in some cases were changed instantly like Mary and in others it was a slow learning process like with Simon. There may be one or more characters you can identify with, and/or someone in your life who needs to see this.
There are to be eight seasons, with the last two devoted to Christ’s death and resurrection. There are eight episodes per season. There is no big name studio producing it; it is crowd-funded. They are taking donations/investments. The first season is available for viewing, and the second season is to be funded soon.
The man who created the show is Dallas Jenkins, the son of Jerry Jenkins.
You can watch the first episode for free. You can also download the App for free, or buy DVDs or Blu-ray discs and enjoy streaming all eight episodes for free. I bought the Blu-ray set since my data is limited and I knew I’d watch these episodes over and over.
I hope everyone can see this. I can’t wait for the second season.
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