He Reigns (Newsboys)

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The Chosen (A Review)

From the Opening Credits of season 1, episode 1
The Chosen is based on the true stories of the gospels of Jesus Christ. Some locations and timelines have been combined or condensed. Backstories and some characters or dialogue have been added. However, all biblical and historical context and any artistic imagination are designed to support the truth and intention of the Scriptures. Viewers are encouraged to read the gospels. The original names, locations and phrases have been translated into English for anything spoken.”

I thought I’d share my thoughts on The Chosen, a multi season show about the life of Jesus. The disclaimer above is important in relation to the show overall.

I chose this picture below because it is from episode 8 of season 3 (the last available to view currently) where Asaph has brought a new psalm before King David for presentation. The queen is a bit confused because there are no instruments, rather they are presenting it as a spoken word accompanied by the low singing of a choir. The composer of the music tells them they are trying something new. So good!

That resonated with me as I attempted to think how I might present my thoughts on this show. It is the first time a show about Jesus’ life has been presented in an extended, multi season format (a new way). Dallas Jenkins, the film maker working to make this project come to life, says that the show does not, nor does it attempt, to replace scripture. It is a rendering of the story we find in the word of our Creator, and from what I can see based on the seasons that have been released, it is a very well done production that works hard to stay to true to the story.

The way I see the show (or any Biblical story put into film), it is just the work of a team of artists. It is a partial presentation of what a person may find, if they go to read the text. It is one possibility, one way things may have happened, a what if, filtered through the interpretation of the writers, crew, and cast. It is not necessarily what really happened 2000 years ago, it is simply one telling of the story based on the source material. The Chosen production is presenting the story, and from the interviews I’ve watched, are working to do so to glorify and lift up the life of Jesus to the world. Dallas says he is a believer along with many others (not all), working on the show.

I’m a writer, and I have written (under other pen names) novels, novellas, short stories, and other work in addition to my non-fiction Christian book presented on this site. From a story telling perspective, I am good with all of the additions (outside the Bible) that The Chosen has added for the sake of story. It is a show, not scripture. The line for me is if the production contradicts scripture in some way. Contradiction is a massive problem, if the show skewed.

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The Dove (The Belonging Co)

“Like a mighty, rushing wind…”

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Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher)

In my spirit midday…

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So Will I (100 Billion…)

Song chosen by my son today. What a beautiful song.

Oh Lord, we await your call! We stand ready!

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Because He Lives (Matt Maher)

Woke up this morning with this resonating in my spirit. Amen!

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House of the Lord (Phil Wickham)

Joy… the Holy Spirit has put songs in my heart each morning for the last few days. :-)

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At the Cross (Chris Tomlin)

I’m in awe of you…

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Agnus Dei (Michael W. Smith)

Worthy is the Lamb…

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Who Does Jesus Know?

We are in the midst of the final moments, my brothers and sisters, those who truly believe in and love Jesus. I’ve studied prophecy for over thirty years, and I am expecting Jesus to appear and take His bride any time now. Every day that passes, the truth of it becomes more clear. Jesus said, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10). The hour of trial is coming upon a world that has rejected Christ, and it will be a terrible time of testing and wrath. From what I understand from Greek scholars, He will keep us “out of” that time. Here is a short article that discusses it.

For those of us who have called upon the name of the Lord to be saved, we will be saved. For those of us who cling to him in faith and hope, that faith and hope will be manifested into our reality when our Creator, our Redeemer, comes for us (John 14:1-3). I believe the Spirit has been preparing those who love Jesus for this moment, sanctifying us in His truth, drawing us away from the ways of the world, and setting us apart as we approach the moment that will change everything. I have experienced this personally, and I have observed it in a lot of other believers.

One thought that comes into my mind is for those who wonder about the words that Jesus will speak to some in Matthew 7:23 at the time of judgement, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” These were people who did things in His name. That is unsettling, but we need to remember the time, place, and people that Jesus taught this saying. I could go into detail, but I want to encourage you instead. The question that I have grappled with is who does Jesus know?

A powerful statement is made by the prophet, Nahum just after detailing the wrath that was coming against Nineveh. “The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him” (1:7). We know that our faith is all about trusting in our Savior and Redeemer, He is our stronghold in the day of trouble. So, if you trust in Jesus, then He knows you. I want to emphasize that. He knows you!

Paul tells us clearly, “But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him” (1 Corinthians 8:3). If you love the Lord, then He knows you. He knows you! That is the greatest commandment that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength. There is nothing more important than Him. He is everything to me, and I know He is everything to all those who truly trust in and love Him.

So, when the Lord says what He does to those people in Matthew 7:23, we know that group did not love or trust Him. He never knew them.

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