Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Unhinged Eastertide Hope | Jesus Chooses You to "Follow Me"

The Chosen Episode 7: Invitations as Jesus Says to Matthew, and to You, "Follow Me" 3-Minute Video Clip

During this season of Eastertide, let's wonder with unhinged hope that Jesus would invite me, and you, like He did with Matthew, to "Follow Me," like seen in The Chosen Series Episode 7: Invitations

Here is my final recommendation and glimpse into the groundbreaking series, "The Chosen". To read my previous explanations and encouragements for you during this pandemic to look into "The Chosen" Season 1 featuring the lives of Mary of Magdala, Simon and Andrew, Nicodemus, Matthew and Jesus' relationship with them, check out The Chosen: Jesus Welcomes Children and The Chosen: Jesus Heals the Leper.

And if like me, you're excited about Season 2, here is the link to the first episode!

The Chosen Global Live Event: Season Two Premiere 
(starts at the 23:36 minute mark and ends at the 1:25:16 minute mark)

If you're swondering what "The Chosen" is all about, it is a faith-based production that is an insightful, creative, and genuinely strong series of streaming television (this from a self-described cinema and series lover and critic; for example, consider my review of "Children of Men"). The crew and cast are not only passionately and artistically driven to bring to life the context and much of the content across all four gospels about Jesus, but this first season displays stellar storytelling, screenwriting, direction, acting (with a mostly Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cast), and production in the midst of the creative license being taken to unveil what we may think we're already familiar with about Jesus and the stories of those who knew Him. Here is a link to The Chosen HD Trailer (3:39 minutes). 

Curious or perhaps cautious about depictions of Jesus? Whether your hesitancy is for religious reasons or artistic reasons, this thoughtful statement begins the series:

The Chosen is based on the true stories of the gospels of Jesus Christ. Some locations and timelines have been combined or condensed. Backstories and some characters or dialogue have been added. 
However, all biblical and historical context and any artistic imagination are designed to support the truth and intention of the Scriptures. Viewers are encouraged to read the gospels. 

If you would like to catch a glimpse of how they go about bringing to life biblical and historical context alongside artistic imagination in support of the intention of the Scriptures, check out the link to a clip from Episode 7: Invitations and consider how Jesus might call you where you work and live like He called Matthew.

Whatever your story, Jesus moves towards you today in 2021 in a similar way as He did to Matthew and says to you, "Follow Me."

The Chosen Episode 7: Invitations as Jesus Says to Matthew, and to You, "Follow Me" 3-Minute Video Clip

The Chosen Series Episode 7: Invitations Clip (3:09 minutes) + Manuscript

Gaius: We live in the same world, Matthew ... (Matthew says, "Next," to the next person he's collecting taxes from) ... Besides, what else are you going to do with a mind like yours? ... (Jesus passes by Matthew's tax collecting booth and turns to look at him.)

Jesus: Matthew. (Gaius reaches for his sword ... ) Matthew, son of Alphaeus ...

Matthew: Yes?

Jesus: Follow Me. 

Matthew: Me?

Jesus: (Jesus chuckles) Yes, you. 

The Chosen Episode 7: Invitations as Jesus Says to Matthew, and to You, "Follow Me" 3-Minute Video Clip

Simon: Whoa, whoa ... What are you doing? 

Matthew: You want me to join You?

Gaius: Keep moving, street preacher. 

Simon: Do you have any idea what this guy has done? Do you even know him?

Jesus: Yes. 

Gaius: (To Jesus) Listen, I said to ... (Matthew begins to leave his booth) ... What are you doing (to Matthew)? Where do you think you're going?

Matthew: Gaius, let me go.

Gaius: Have you lost your mind? You have money. Quintus protects you. No Jew lives as good as you. You're going to throw it all away? 

The Chosen Episode 7: Invitations as Jesus Says to Matthew, and to You, "Follow Me" 3-Minute Video Clip

Matthew: Yes. (Matthew gives Gaius the key to the booth and his ring.)

Simon: I don't get it. 

Jesus: You didn't get it when I chose you either. 

Simon: But this is different. I'm not a tax collector.

Jesus: Get used to different. (Jesus looks from Simon to Matthew.) ... I'm glad we passed by your booth today, Matthew. 

Matthew: Yes. 

Jesus: Shall we? We have a celebration to prepare for. 

Gaius: You will regret this, Matthew.

Simon: What's the tablet for?

Matthew: I grabbed it without thinking. I can put it back if ... 

Jesus: No, no keep it. You may yet find use for it. 

The Chosen Episode 7: Invitations as Jesus Says to Matthew, and to You, "Follow Me" 3-Minute Video Clip

Matthew: Where are we going?

Mary of Magdala: A dinner party. 

Matthew: I'm not welcome at dinner parties. 

Jesus: Well, that's not going to be a problem tonight. You're the host ... (Matthew begins to smile ... )

Bonus: The Chosen Scene: Jesus' BedTime Prayer (3:25 minutes)

The Chosen Episode 3: Jesus' BedTime Prayer

Jesus: " ... Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe ... "

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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