There are times when actions can speak much louder than words. I watched the 4th episode of “The Chosen” last night and found this to be true. The first several minutes held no dialogue whatsoever, but the story of two brothers became apparent through the action. It began with a young boy named Jesse falling from a tree and becoming paralyzed because of it. This boy and his younger brother, Simon went separate ways in time, but began their relationship in the usual way. They were true friends and established that by knuckle bumping before going to sleep at night. Everything in those first few minutes is amazing story telling without the use of words.
I love the way this show brings out relationships and lessons for us in a sometimes humorous way as well as giving us insight into characters that we don’t read much about in the Bible. They’re bringing the truth of the Gospel to life in a lovely, personal way.
Simon becomes involved with the Zealots – a group of Jews who strictly followed the law. Jesse gave up on life because of his disability and waited at a pagan spring to be healed, but was never fast enough to be first. We see Jesse’s faith being put to the test each day, his desire to be healed, his becoming completely crushed eventually. Then Jesus meets Jesse and every thing changes. The helpless, hopeless man leaps for joy as he carries his mat off with him, completely healed by Jesus. His brother, Simon is overjoyed at seeing his brother walking again.
We all have the ability to become part of these stories and develop a closer relationship with God as we read the Bible. Putting ourselves in some of these characters’ sandals, helps us learn the many lessons God is giving us through them. “The Chosen” is well written, consistent with scripture, adds current happenings to help us relate to the times that might seem completely foreign to us. I believe anything that gets us back into the Word of God is for our benefit.
Critics may find fault with these presentations, but I happen to love watching them, because they encourage me and make me eager to learn more about the days when God became human, our brother, our teacher, our leader, our Savior and our God. He is our only hope in all circumstances.
You can view all episodes of The Chosen on YouTube. Check it out. You won’t regret the time well spent.