We are inspired by these interpretations of the Savior:
“The Chosen“ TV Series
Our family has been very moved as we watch this multi-season television drama about Jesus Christ. The series creator, Dallas Jenkins, wanted a more personal and intimate portrayal of the people who encountered Christ in order for viewers to see the Savior through their lens. Jenkins also worked to show Christ through a lens that is “personal, intimate, immediate.”[1
In the link below, the actor, Jonathan Roumie, discusses the “immense weight” he felt in portraying the Savior. Our family believes that Roumie’s portrayal helps us to see Christ as tender and approachable–even playful, full of humor, and infinite love.
Scene from “The Chosen” portraying Simon Peter and the miracle of the fishes. I love watching Christ’s and Peter’s reactions to each other–especially Peter’s realization that Jesus is indeed the Christ.
I love the reaction of Nicodemus as he gradually realizes the identity of the man he’s conversing with: Jesus the Christ. Nicodemus is a learned man and part of the Sanhedrin, yet his knowledge and position of prominence fade to black as the conversation intensifies. His humble reality and acceptance of Christ’s divine mission followed by his subsequent anguish are deeply moving reactions.
Erick Avari (the actor who plays Nicodemus) gives a gut-wrenching performance in this scene. Surely, Nicodemus personifies all of us in our dilemma to follow Christ at any personal cost. This scene is also reminiscent of Peter’s anguish after he thrice denied Christ.
Dallas Jenkins Interview
Morgan Jones hosts the podcast series, “All In” from LDS Living. She recently interviewed Dallas Jenkins, the director, co-writer, co-producer, and co-creator of “The Chosen.”
Here’s the introduction and the link to the interview:
“The Chosen” explores the life of Christ through the eyes of those who knew Him. The narrative multi-season show has received high praise from viewers and critics alike, earning a 9.8 out of 10 rating on IMDB. But with the praise, it has also attracted skeptics. Some don’t believe evangelical Christians should be working with Latter-day Saints on a show about Jesus or vice versa, and others believe scripture should only be portrayed exactly as it is written without creative liberties. The show’s writer and director, Dallas Jenkins, believes that exploring faith, especially in relation to the Savior, is something that requires trust. On this week’s episode, he shares the triumphs as well as the challenges of depicting the life of the Son of God. “Even though He spoke to crowds, He was always talking personally, and He was always seeking that personal relationship. And that’s what He wants from your heart. He wants that more than your accomplishments, and He wants that more than any kind of mass movement. He wants the personal.”
Akiane Kramarik Paintings
When she was 4-years-old, Akiane Kramarik says she had visions of Christ who encouraged her to draw and paint. At age 8, she painted Christ’s portrait and called the painting, “Prince of Peace.” I love this beautiful rendering of the Savior.
“Painting the Impossible”
Akiane narrates her own journey in this poignant video.
“How Jesus Saved His Own Portrait“
This video features the fascinating story of Akiane’s original painting: An unscrupulous art dealer stole the original causing Akiane much anguish and heartache. Eventually, the Lord’s intervention taught Akiane how He can turn her loss and suffering into something greater and more purposeful. Even more, the Lord can do the same for all of us.