Did Jesus ever laugh? Too bad our red-letter Bibles don’t come in script form with bracketed cues: [laugh here].

I’ve recently gotten a brand-new perspective on Jesus, not only on His sense of humor, but also on the depth of His compassion and love.

Have you heard about the EIGHT-YEAR project that will portray His life in full, colorful detail, while remaining true to the biblical account? Called The Chosen, it’s the first of its kind and promises to be seismic in its effect. Eight episodes per season, with Season One now available on apps and DVD.

If you have a smart phone or an iPad, you can get the free app—or watch the first full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=craeyJdrCsE

Jesus laughs a lot in this series. He jokes with his disciples, plays games with children, dances at the Cana wedding, chooses the most unlikely people. The production is believable in all its exquisite detail. You’ll meet Mary of Magdala, before and after her exorcism. Nicodemus, searching for truth and being drawn to Jesus. Matthew the outcast tax collector who finds himself hosting a banquet that night. Simon, reduced to fishing illegally on the Sabbath, only to get the most improbable catch of all.

In chatting about the project, the director and the actor who plays Jesus spoke about the final season that will portray Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion. “Jesus” said he already felt the weight of it and knew he could do it only with God’s backing to help him convey the deep meaning of those terrible events.

I’m hooked on this amazing drama. Hollywood has no hand in it. The entire project is CrowdFunded and produced by talented and committed Christians. Episode 1 is free; the entire, 8-episode season is $35 for the full app or 3 DVD discș—hardly more than the price of two movie tickets. Subtitles help with the Israeli accent.

Eight years to finish this project. Will I be here that long? Not likely, but either way, I’ll experience the victorious results of these earthly events.

The Chosen

Have you seen any of this series? If so, I’d love your assessment. If not, then see the preview links below. Comment, or email egus@me.com 

You’ll love the fishing one–4th row, left. https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrEeJ4cNTReWxcArgEPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=the+chosen&fr=yhst-goodsearch-goodsearch_yhs&hspart=goodsearch&hsimp=yhs-goodsearch_yhs&gdpr=0