“He is a good man.”
Greetings Dear Reader,
There will be spoilers. This is your only warning. This BLOG series will walk through each episode of the first two seasons of the amazing show The Chosen available free to watch at the link. If you have not seen it, I encourage you to do so. It is by far the best adaptation of the Gospels to film I have ever encountered.
This episode was my first favorite. It is where the series begins to jell. It is when we first get to spend time with Jesus. Better still, we get to see Jesus interact with children. Abigail, a young girl finds Jesus at his campsite making toys and items for sale. This time overlaps when he goes into Capernaum to help Mary.
The girl gathers her friends and they visit Jesus each day for a week. Jesus teaches them in the same way he teaches his disciples later. He asks them if they know the Shama. Every Jewish child would know this because it is a daily prayer taken from Deuteronomy 6.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
It is such a beautiful moment and yet there is something. Some have disagreed with me but I am sure whilst the children are reciting the prayer, Jesus looks sad. I have speculated on the sadness and have three thoughts.
First, it may be the sadness at the words not being in the hearts of men in the way he intends. Second, I thought about how he knows the trials these children will face believing he is the Messiah. Third, and the one bringing me to tears, is missing the ever-present proximity to his Father as the prayer is recited. He knows where things are headed and this will always haunt his days until it arrives.
There will be a scene later driving this point home in a much finer way. Today, however, I want to be certain to understand a appreciate what Jesus knows. He knows there is a cross down the road. He knows he will die. He knows everyone will abandon him and reject what he offers on some level.
I want to live the Shama every day, Dear Reader. I also want to leave you with a final bit of knowledge. There is an interview available with the actor who portrays Jesus. It is called The Immense Weight of Playing Jesus. A frank discussion with Jonathan Roumie, the actor portraying Jesus reveals the humility and faith of the man behind the role. This too drives me to be more loving and faithful in my journey. I long to follow with the faith of a child and to bring you along with me.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.
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“He is a good man.”