Behold, I am doing a new thing…(Isaiah 43:19)
Like nothing ever done before. That is honestly the simplest way I can describe what this show has managed to accomplish! With a 9.9/10 on IMDb, and the title “largest crowd-funded media project in history,” we have a real gem here, guys!
Dallas Jenkins, the creator and director of this project, takes Isaiah 43 to heart as he carries out this immense calling: to portray the biblical story of Jesus Christ in an accurate, fresh, and touching manner. This is the first ever multi-season TV show about Jesus’ life. In order to make sure the show is as true to Jesus as it is hilarious (and it is), Jenkins traveled to Israel in order to research Jewish culture and customs. And it doesn’t stop there; he’s surrounded himself with a number of consultants (a catholic priest, evangelical scholar, and messianic rabbi, to be exact) to guide him in making sure this project is as authentic as possible.
Now for the show itself. Have you ever read about the things Jesus said and did in the Gospels and thought, “Man, I feel like Jesus must’ve been such a cool guy if people flocked to Him as much as they did.”? Me too, and this is the Jesus we get to see in The Chosen, real. Somehow, by the work of the Holy Spirit on set, they’ve managed to catch the Jesus that I’ve come to know and trust; His gentle compassion, His charismatic humor, and His perfect love and power! I honestly never thought I’d live to see the day when someone made a movie/show about Jesus that actually felt…real life. Without compromise, there’s a near-perfect balance between biblical accuracy and artistic freedom.
In a show centered around the life of Jesus, you’d be surprised to know that the show actually dives heavily into the stories and character development of truly obscure people we find in Scripture. From Mary of Magdala to Peter’s wife (named Eden in the show), the show does a fantastic job of reminding us that, outside of the little we see in the biblical narrative, these are real people who do real things and have real conversations! What a concept. Without spoiling anything (yes, there are spoilers for a show about the Bible, let that sink in), the parallel storylines of Matthew and Nicodemus moved me in a way I never thought was possible.
Personally, this show came into my life as an answer to three days of intense prayer and crying out to Jesus. I found myself needy once again, relying on Him to soften my heart so that I could truly see and experience Him as the love of my life, and this show was what He sent. Truly a ministry in itself, this project is Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, and a true reflection of the Father’s heart. Even the method of payment is new and inspiring; rather than paying for yourself, you pay for others to watch it for free, and others pay for you. That means I can choose to give $15 and help 31 other people stream the show free of charge, and I was able to because of another’s generosity. How cool is that? I pray you’ll join the new thing Christ is doing in His Church, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 9.5/10 (easily)