Lumo Project The Gospel of John
I’ve heard about the Lumo Project for several years now, under different names/working titles as it’s been worked on. So I was excited when I was offered a chance to see the Lumo Project The Gospel of John before it was released to Netflix. And I was so unprepared for what I watched.
For the first time on screen, the Lumo Project takes the actual four individual Gospel texts as its script, word for word, unedited. We use the very latest historical research to recreate Palestine of the First Century as authentically as possible. We break with the stereotypical tradition of a westernised Jesus and his life story and present it as it really was 2000 years ago. The Lumo Project is a versatile educational resource that can be seen and heard by a truly global audience as it can be dubbed into any version and any language.
The Lumo Project is a pioneering educational resource designed to promote biblical literacy for anyone interested in the Gospel stories , irrespective of faith. It contains all the original stories that changed the world from Jesus’ miraculous birth to his agonising death on the cross and his triumphal resurrection; all his miracles, his teachings, his parables and the extraordinary story of his life. The Lumo Project provides a unique Gospel experience for the 21st Century and is accessible to everyone.
I’ll be honest, I’m always a little leery when I watch a Christian/Bible movie because you never know going into it what background or foundation the director may be trying to use for the film. And since there are so many religions and faiths, it’s understandable that I don’t love every single movie that’s about Jesus, church, etc.
So the Lumo Project promised to use the Scripture as it’s “script” without adding or taking away anything. This is intriguing to say the least, because how do you make a movie without taking liberties or filling in the gaps? But I believe they did that beautifully. We follow the life of John through his part of the story as he begins baptizing by water, gains followers, and teaches the people about the coming of Jesus.
And the audience gets to watch as John comes face to face with Jesus for the first time, and their journey that follows. I’ve read the story many times, it’s the book of John! But how exciting to watch it unfold, even if the story is imprinted on my heart already. I watched in awe and silence as Jesus was born, traveled through the land, performed miracles, and ultimately died on the cross.
Yes, that was probably the most powerful scene of the whole movie. Watching the Lord be whipped and tortured as He carried His cross, then be nailed to it, and finally say “It is finished.” Yep, I had tears streaming down my face, even though it’s a movie and an actor portraying the scene…it’s that powerful, that gripping, to watch it happen.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
I could not find fault with this movie. Because there was no “artistic license” that I could find (they already had a script written, right?) and it went right along with the NIV that I had open and in my lap. I love that this film is being narrated in various languages and Bible versions! And the costumes and scenery were just awesome! I felt like I was really there, right in the middle of it, and that’s a sign of a great film to me.
I would recommend this movie for both new and established Christians. Find the version/language that you like to study and watch it with your family, your study group, or members of your church! The only caution I would give to parents is during the crucifixion scene, that could be scary for little kids. But it could be fast forwarded if needed.
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