To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 1
In the first episode of The Chosen, we are introduced to
several main characters: Matthew, Nicodemus, Simon
and Andrew, and Mary. Fear is evident in all of their lives. Jesus encounters Mary first, healing and changing her into a different person than what she was. He uses Isaiah’s words, “I have called you by name. You are mine.” Jesus calls each of us by name and claims us as his own.
To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 2
Shalom means peace and wholeness which is exactly what Mary experienced after meeting Jesus. She tells Nicodemus that while she doesn’t know the name of the man who healed her, she will know him the rest of her life. She then goes home to host her first Shabbat dinner when a surprise guest shows up. Shabbat is the beginning of Sabbath on Friday at sundown when the Jewish people remember who and whose they are. The Sabbath brings them closer to God with worship, rest, and renewal.
To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 4
Most of this episode is about Simon and his desperation regarding his overwhelming debt. His wife asks him,
“Where is your faith?” Simon had allowed his faith to take a backseat to his problems. He relied only on himself to fix his problems at all costs. Even when his brother Andrew told him about the Messiah, Simon only scoffed at the news. It took a miracle to get Simon’s
To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 5
Jesus and his seven disciples, six men and one woman,
travel with him to a wedding in Cana where they meet his mother. Though not in scripture, Thomas is the coordinator of the wedding along with a daughter of a vineyard owner. When the wine runs out, Jesus’ mother asks for her son’s help. Thomas is one of the few that
sees (but doesn’t understand) the miracle that takes place. Jesus tells Thomas, “Join me and I will show you a new way of counting and measuring.”
To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 6
Both the leper and the friend of a paralytic plead with Jesus to heal, if he is willing. Leprosy robbed its victim of dignity, community, and love. Being paralyzed was seen as a result of long held, unreported sin. The strength of faith is evident in both these characters. In both instances Jesus is willing. In the first instance he tells the leper not to say anything to anyone about his healing. The second time he heals in front of a crowd. Willingness to believe that Jesus can heal resulted in transformed lives.
To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 7
Jesus speaks to Nicodemus about being born again,
wind, Spirit, serpents, and other spiritual mysteries. He refers to a kingdom not of this world and saving not from Rome but from sin. This Jesus was different than any other rabbi Nicodemus had met. But as Jesus would later tell Peter, “Get used to different.” Matthew left everything to follow Jesus: money, a comfortable life, a steady job, protection of the Romans. Nicodemus also had a lot to lose if he followed Jesus: an honorable reputation, family, wealth, success. In the series, he too is invited by Jesus to follow him, but he is unable.
To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 3
Before Jesus begins his formal ministry, The Chosen series depicts Jesus living in the woods where a group of children find him. These “first students” of Jesus ask questions about who he is and what his work is. Jesus welcomes them, teaches them, and provides a foreshadowing of his future ministry.
To Prepare: Watch Season 1 Episode 8
Jesus goes out of his way to make sure he is at a specific well at a specific time to meet a specific woman. He chose her to reveal himself publicly for the first time. They have a lengthy discussion about worship where he says that worship is not about place but about the heart. Worship is about spirit and truth, not about logistics of time, place, and style.