April 22, 2011

This Is Love

I wanted to leave you all with something to think about on this Good Friday.  Several years ago The Visual Bible released The Gospel of Matthew starring Bruce Marciano as Jesus.  The dialog is word for word from the Bible.  The stories are the same as they've always been, but Marciano brought something to Jesus I have honestly never seen in any other portrayal.  He brought joy.  Through him you see Jesus laughing with friends, rejoicing at a healing, sharing in the wonder of someone seeing for the first time, loving his family and friends, and truly loving the children.  I believe this was a divinely inspired performance and an accurate portrait of Jesus because I know my savior was a man of joy.  If you have never seen these videos, do yourself a favor and get hold of them somewhere and watch them.  If you have children in your life find them a copy of The Story Behind the Cross starring Judge Reinholdt (yes, the one from Fast Times at Ridgemont High) telling the story of the cross to a group of troubled teens using excerpts from Matthew.

Here's a music video I found set to images from The Gospel of Matthew.  Listen to it, but watch Jesus.  I think it will take your breath away.

Peace be with you, my friends.



3 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Thank you friend.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Perfect pick for today! Thank you for sharing, Stacy! I'm pretty sure that we have those videos at home and I have not yet watched them. Maybe this weekend ...

Stacy Lynn said...

Ellen & Beth...you're welcome! I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, not only watch the video series, but also the children's video I mentioned...it is very powerful, itself. I made all the youth group kids watch it back in the day. There are a lot of books, too. My favorites to come out of it were Marciano's account of playing Jesus and "Jesus, Man of Joy."

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