Dallas Jenkins, creator of “The Chosen,” a new multi-season TV show on the life of Jesus, reveals how God spoke to him about creating the new record-breaking series during a difficult season in his Hollywood career.
“What’s interesting about ‘The Chosen’ is that I didn’t even really know that I wanted to put it out there until it was given to me,” Jenkins told The Christian Post during a visit to the set of “The Chosen” in December.
At the top of the year “The Chosen” became the No. 1 crowdfunded media project in “history,” raising over $10 million from over 16,000 investors who want to see the multi-series made.
Jenkins, son of Jerry B. Jenkins, the writer behind the popular “Left Behind” franchise, has been in the film making business himself for almost two decades. It was one of his Hollywood bombs, however, that inspired him to venture into the new inspiring series.
“This project was actually birthed out of one of my biggest career failures. Last year, early in 2018. I had done a feature film that didn’t do well at the box office to the point where I had many movies lined up to do and then they all kind of went aside [because] the movie didn’t do well,” Jenkins revealed.
After Hollywood disappointment, Jenkins’ wife felt God impress on her heart, the story in the Bible of the loaves and the fishes, and the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5000. The couple then dove into the scriptures to look for which stories can be found in all four of the gospels accounts and then God confirmed the word to Jenkins on social media.
“We were praying about it and talking about it and we noticed that for the first time, even though we’ve been believers our whole lives, one of the things we noticed about that story that we hadn’t noticed before, was how God used the people around Him, How Jesus used the people around Him in that story, to do all the things they didn’t need Him for,” he explained. “For example, he said, ‘Go find food,’ they went and found food that brought it to Him. He multiplied it, ‘now go distribute it to the people,’ He could have, of course, just magically had loaves and fishes appear in everyone’s laps, but He still used human beings to do the things that they didn’t need Him for, so that the only thing left to do was a miracle.”
Jenkins shared that after their study, he stayed up to figure out what he could have done better with his movie and at four o’clock in the morning someone sent him a Facebook message,
“I was on my computer, working to analyze what went wrong with my project and I get a Facebook message out of the blue from someone that I’ve never met but who was [one of my] Facebook friends,” Jenkins said. “He just Facebook messaged me and says, ‘Remember, your job is not to feed the 5000. It’s only to provide the loaves and fish.’”
“I honestly thought for a second that maybe there was a camera on my computer that was showing what our conversations have been all day. And I said to him, ‘why did you tell me that?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, God just really wanted me to tell you that.’ So that moment changed my life,” he continued.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law