From the time I was a young girl, I have loved movies about the peoples and times of the Bible. But those films weren’t always (understatement) true to the Bible itself. I don’t mean in a storytelling way. I’m okay with that. I mean that the writers/producers sometimes twisted the truth of Scripture, and that bothered me, even before I was a Christ-follower.
I don’t remember how I first learned about The Chosen. I read something online and had to check it out. That was in early 2020. All eight episodes of Season 1 were available already. I know that they were all available because I binged them. Once, then again, then again and again and again. I downloaded the shows to my iPad so I could watch without an internet connection. I purchased the DVDs. I learned to cast to my living room TV. I watched all of the YouTube videos on “the making of.” I talked about the show with writer friends who were just as passionate about the show as I was. I could hardly wait for season 2.
Then COVID hit, delaying the filming of Season 2. Oh man. What a long wait that was. But while the fans waited impatiently, God was doing something amazing. He was growing the show. He was getting it before more and more people. He was using it in the lives of thousands.
Season 2 began to film in the fall of 2020. It was already complicated due to COVID restrictions and requirements, but then the bitter, bitter cold hit in Utah. Here were these actors in those light costumes and bare legs, and you could see their frozen breaths. At last, they got to leave Utah and go to Texas for filming of the final scenes. And what hit there? Snowmaggedon. More freezing temps. Unprecedented cold weather! It sure seemed to me that the enemy was trying to stop what God was doing. But, of course, he couldn’t.
The powers that be made the decision not to make fans wait for every episode to be ready and then to roll out one episode per week. Instead they released them as they were ready for viewing. So on Easter Sunday 2021, we got to see Episode 1 of Season 2. And this Sunday, July 11, the finale (episode 8) will debut. I can’t wait, but at the same time, I know I’ll be sad because Season 3 isn’t just around the corner.
Then again, I’ll have 16 episodes to watch and rewatch and rewatch.
If you haven’t seen The Chosen yet, I encourage you to do so. COME AND SEE! I can rave about the quality of the script and the acting. I could share about the awards given the show or about the high ratings it’s been given by viewers. But even more, I believe God has given the world this show at a time when people need to see a representation of the authentic Jesus.
The show is free via an app (iOS or Android) called The Chosen. No, you can’t find it on any streaming service. It is on its own platform. But if you have a smartphone or a tablet such as an iPad and if you have an Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV or Roku or Chromecast, you can watch the show on your TV. To learn more, click here. You’ll be blessed.