John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“I am a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
(Jonathan Roumie and David Amito (back to camera) as Jesus and John the Baptist in Episode 5 of season two. Image: “The Chosen”/Instagram)
Have you watched it yet?
Episode 5, Season 2 of The Chosen…?
In this latest episode we meet the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptizer.
Plus our beloved Mary the Magdalene is seen to suffer a bit of
a set back when she encounters a demonic possessed man.
Now you know I’m loving the Chosen.
It’s like Dawn Marie noted in a comment the other day regarding my most recent
post about this wonderful crowd funded series—-each character we meet during
each episode offers a glimpse into each of us…
The quirks, the negatives, the setbacks, the brokenness speaks to each of us.
That’s in part why I enjoy the series so much…the back stories…
And yes, the creative license into the back stories of each of our favorite
Biblical characters is perhaps a bit far reaching,
however it allows us to feel a deep sense of connectivity.
They become real…real like you and me…and who’s to say that that real
is not really real??
Plausible, fictitious, real or false….we simply don’t know.
They had lives..they had personalities…the had faults…that had
something that drew Jesus to each one of them…
We have each suffered, we are all broken…
and yet He can and will still call on us.
But…in this particular episode, we meet the cousin of Jesus…
John the Baptist.
That seemingly wild man who lived in the desert, eating locust and honey while
wearing a camel hair and a leather belt.
He preached to the animals as well as to all who had ears to hear.
He spoke of One who was to come after him…
Yet the Chosen offered us a bit of a different take on John.
And to be honest, I don’t know if I liked this particular depiction.
As wild as John is depicted in the Bible, I always thought him to be
focused…focused on a higher spiritual plane…
not necessarily political, despite his focus on Herod Antipas.
The Chosen, however, seemed to portray him as more zealot…
and whereas a zealot is one who is fanatical…which John was…
I felt that this portrayal of John was more of an egoistical political
rabble rouser…and not one who was immersed in the Spiritual.
That of one on a different plane than the average human.
He joked a bit more than I felt the true John would have with his
cousin, the Son of God. He pushed his cousin…he pushed him to
get on with his “mission”, all of which I don’t see the real
John having done.
An impatient John?
No…I have always seen John as a polestar.
Not impatient but rather one who was content with pointing the way.
Meanwhile, we are now worried…. we are worried about what Mary is
What did meeting another demon possessed soul do to her healing…
As Believers, we all know that backsliding is real.
It can be a constant battle.
Satan knows our weakness.
He knows our achilles heel..and he plays on it masterfully…
yet in the end Jesus and our healing will prevail
So…what say you??
What do you think?
I baptize you with water for repentance,
but after me will come One more powerful than I,
whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit and with fire.