I’ve been a believer my whole life, I’ve attended Christian schools my whole life, and I’ve heard the stories of Jesus countless times. I’ve also seen every Jesus movie and miniseries ever made, and there have been dozens. So why a new TV show about Jesus? Why another devotional?
Because I have a passion for people to hear the “old, old story” again … for the very first time. When I see Jesus movies, it’s very rare for me to feel moved or excited, and the same is true for a lot of Jesus-related devotionals. Quite frankly, I’ve heard it all before, and it’s hard to relate to the perfect and sinless son of God. However, I can relate to the sinners who surrounded Him. Problem is, many Jesus projects just take you from Bible story to Bible story, not spending as much time on the humanity and backstories of all these characters.
So when I started creating a show that explores Jesus through the eyes of the people around Him, I found myself getting moved and excited. We were exploring the backstories of Simon Peter, Matthew, Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, and a few of Jesus’s miracle recipients, and in turn experiencing Him in the way they did. We couldn’t help but identify with their recklessness, rough pasts, religious piety, and desperation for life change. And ultimately, their redemption.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dallas Jenkins