Televangelist Joel Osteen was on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday to talk about his upcoming 8-part History channel series detailing the life of Christ through the eyes of those around him.
In the weeks leading up to Easter beginning on Monday, March 25, History will air “Jesus: His Life,” a series that will be co-produced by Osteen, the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas and a widely published author.
The series will focus on the perspective of biblical figures that surrounded Christ, such as Joseph, Mary, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot and Peter.
Osteen, who has experience producing behind the scenes when his father was the pastor at Lakewood, said that the History series was not a project that he could turn down.
“I loved seeing the life of Jesus through the eyes of the people that were there,” Osteen explained. “We have seen the story but it is a little different when you see, [for example], what did Joseph think when he found out his wife was pregnant.”
Osteen added that the series will be less about preaching and more about showing what life was like for people during the time of Christ.
“[The movie] is more about the culture, the setting at that time. I was inspired by that. I learned from that. You know, just putting myself in those people’s shoes. It really took on a different perspective to me,” Osteen said. “I thought, ‘Would I have responded like Joseph?’ Would I have that kind of faith?’ It is an inspiring series and I think people will learn.”
The megachurch preacher assured that the project is “not a preaching series.”
“It’s for everybody to learn about the most important man that ever lived,” Osteen contended. “Whether you believe He is the son of God like I do or not, Jesus was somebody that changed the culture.”
The series will include comments from experts, scholars, and pastors from a variety of backgrounds.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith