April 14, 2021
A friend told me about The Chosen television series last spring (2020) while on lockdown. Several times, "Have you seen The Chosen yet? You need to watch it, Molly." Easter was upon me the following year (2021), and I felt I needed a time of solitude, giving up everything for the Lord to celebrate Passover week. Besides writing for our website, the only ministry duty left to perform was to deliver Easter bags stuffed with goodies (27) for the children on the Nourish NC program at the local school. Of course, I continued my other daily work of babysitting and caring for my eleven-year-old grandson (my most important job!). The Holy Spirit's prompting during that week was intense enough to get me to tune in to The Chosen on Good Friday, which (for me) began a journey of rebirth I had not anticipated.
When my spirit rails against suggestions of a spiritual nature, the enemy of my soul is trying to stop me from gleaning something my heart needs. I hold a two-year Biblical Studies degree and a BS in Religion (lacking a Math credit!). I am an ordained reverend through my local Baptist church, and I have walked with Christ for the last twenty-five years, (intently) thinking I knew best, but I should have known better. I thought, Well, I will tune in and watch at least one episode; I have the time. I fast-forwarded through most of the first episode and then clicked on another and did pretty much the same thing. Then, for some odd reason, I skipped to episode five. I sat mesmerized. I wondered, Who was this Jesus? Then, I continued with episode six. I would hit pause at different parts and ask for forgiveness for not listening to my friend's advice in 2020. Tears streamed down my face as I continued to watch episode after episode. Then, when I had viewed all eight episodes, I knelt before the Lord to repent for my self-centered pride. I grieved for other things as well as I rambled on to the Lord, but I felt reborn.
The last story of Jesus that touched my soul so profoundly was The Passion of the Christ. Its debut was unparalleled, but The Chosen is a unique viewpoint for this generation and is unequaled in its story-telling, but just as moving is the portrayal of our Lord. Each episode brings one into the actual characters' lives, bringing heaven down to earth. God uses what He chooses to reach His children.
Has literary license been taken? Yes. Is it exact in all instances? No. But, overall, the body of work is nothing short of stunning. Do you know that this project is solely crowd-funded with the most significant donations ever? The back story of its creator, Dallas Jenkins, is also inspiring. The Holy Spirit has accomplished (so far) through this series what can only be stated as divine. If you want to witness a true miracle, watch and learn about The Chosen. But don't listen to my advice; when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will prompt you. He is no respecter of persons.