“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine."
- Isaiah 43:1b -
Have you heard of the TV series, "The Chosen"?
The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season series about the life of Jesus Christ and His disciples, and it is the largest crowdfunded media project in history to date (not just for faith-based projects, but ever!). With acclaim from both critics and audiences, we get to see Jesus through the eyes of those that met Him.
Sometimes Jesus is portrayed or understood as distant from us normal humans, smugly holy and self-righteous, but in The Chosen, Jesus and his disciples are down-to-earth and relatable, with believable emotional weight, humor, and authenticity. Being both God and man while on earth, how could Jesus not have been?
The first two seasons are completely FREE, and can be found through The Chosen's Website (as well as a host of additional streaming services). Expected December 4th, an official and free new Chosen App is also to be available, providing full access to Seasons One through Two, and eventually Season Three to stream shortly thereafter.
Season One can be found via the image link below:
Following two brothers struggling with their tax debts to Rome, a tax collector ostracized by his family and his people, a religious leader struggling with his beliefs, and a woman in the Red Quarter wrestling with her demons, Season One introduces Jesus and the calling of His initial disciples.
Season Two focuses on the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and what happens as word of His ministry begins to spread.
If it is something you find yourself seeking, Vintage Pearls MKE would love the opportunity to extend friendship, encouragement, support, or simply lend an ear. Many of us at Vintage Pearls MKE have been impacted by The Chosen, as it points to our Savior, King, and Friend - Jesus - and we invite you to explore the Gospels in the Bible when you are ready.
If you watch the show, let us know what you think! Or, if you'd like to set-up a viewing party or Bible Study, please reach out!
We are here for you, friend, and even more so, know Jesus always always is. You are loved, valued, and purposed. Merry Christmas!
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,
would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge
of him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that
you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth
of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the
mighty working of his strength." - Ephesians 1:17-19 (CSB)
May we speak a word of encouragement over you, dear one?
We are who God says we are. Know this: you are not an afterthought,
not a mistake, not a liability.
You have been created in the very image of God.
That means every aspect of your physicality, the very skin you're in, the hair texture that is on your head, the structure of your body, every unique aspect of yourself, even your personality, has been made in the image of God. And any person or system that seeks to diminish the value of the uniqueness of who you are, is actually doing thus to God Himself, because you are an expression of the creative genius of God.
This month, Vintage Pearls MKE would like to extend the invitation to listen and view Priscilla Shirer's video on "Identity in Jesus Christ." Please click on image below or the link in yellow above:
You are not your behavior.
You are not your feelings.
You are not what others have called or labeled you.
You are not your past.
You are not your circumstances, and they do not dictate and change the intrinsic value of who you are as God's Beloved.
You are not lost in the crowd to Jesus, and He is fully aware and immersed in the circumstances of your life, even when we are not aware or when we do not feel Him.
May He meet with you to remind you of the truth of WHO YOU ARE. Jesus is with you, and we are praying for you.
Please reach out anytime.
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9