When Your Friend Asks: ‘So What’s Easter All About?’ (an easy way to share Jesus this Easter)

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mld_thumbIn just a few short weeks (Sunday, March 27) Easter will be here! While Easter is a favorite holiday for Christians, it can be quite confusing for people who don’t understand the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection. For a lot of people, Easter is all about chocolate bunnies, pastels, and newly hatched chicks.

Jesus doesn’t tend to show up much.

Of course, Christians know that Easter is a celebration of LIFE conquering DEATH once and for all! But explaining that to a friend can be difficult. That’s why our team here at The JESUS Film Project created http://sowhatsitallabout.com/mld.

So What’s It All About?

The “So What’s It All About” campaign features the “My Last Day” video series, a deeply moving look at Jesus’s death and resurrection. These anime videos, which are also available on the Jesus Film App, are very touching and sure to provoke a lot of thought in anyone who watches them. In the first video, we see a prisoner’s reaction as he watches Jesus publicly beaten. The story continues to take twists and turns from there.

Watch the My Last Day videos.

How to Watch & Share the My Last Day Videos

Visit www.sowhatsitallabout.com/mld, and watch the first video. After viewing, click ‘What Happens Next Is Part 1 of Easter’, and the videos that follow. After viewing all of the videos and slides, you can click ‘My Choices’ to get more resources depending on where you are in your spiritual life.

 

Share ‘My Last Day’ on Social Media

Share the incredible news of Easter with your friends, youth group, family, co-workers, or anyone else who needs to hear the goods news of Jesus’s death and resurrection! We have created sample posts for you to easily re-share.

 

Tell Us About Your Experience Sharing These Videos.

Who did you share ‘So What’s It All About’ with? How did it go? Tell us in the comments below, and keep sharing!

Look to the Gospels for the Answer to “Who Is Jesus?”

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Who is Jesus?

A good guy? A prophet? A miracle-worker? Charismatic leader? Holy person? Son of God?

The question “Who Is Jesus?” is the most important question you’ll ever have to answer. It’s also one that has been heavily debated by people around the globe for two millennia.

In order to learn who Jesus is, wouldn’t it make sense to examine Jesus’ own claims about himself? Even if you already think you know who Jesus is, you might find that your understanding has room for improvement! In fact, the longer we walk with Jesus and spend time in the Gospels, the more we can learn about his character and mission here on earth.

We invite you to join us in 8 Days with Jesus: Who Is Jesus?, a short video series on the Jesus Film App (produced in partnership with MentorLink International) that looks into the character and mission of Jesus. These videos pull directly from the Gospels, revealing how Jesus…

  • Is God Among Us
  • Taught God’s Ways
  • Has All Power
  • Is God’s Son
  • Suffered for Me
  • Died for Me
  • Rose from the Dead

He also invites us into relationship with Him (in the eighth and final video in the series). If you are looking for a simple video devotional for this season of life, Who Is Jesus? works as both an excellent introduction to and refresher of the life of Jesus.

WATCH 8 Days with Jesus: Who Is Jesus?

Watch 8 Days with Jesus: Who Is Jesus?, produced in partnership with MentorLink International, on the Jesus Film App…

  1. Download the Jesus Film App.
  2. Swipe down to “Days with Jesus.”
  3. Open “Days with Jesus,” and select “8 Days with Jesus: Who Is Jesus?”
  4. Select the play icon next to “Day 1: Jesus Is God Among Us” to begin watching. Continue with Days 2-8 at your own pace.
  5. Share with a friend!

Reflection Questions

  1. What did the angel tell the shepherds?
  2. How did the shepherds respond to Jesus’ birth?
  3. What did John say about Jesus?
  4. What did the voice from heaven say?

Who Do You Think Jesus Is?

After watching the first video in this series, take a few minutes to write down your thoughts. Has this video changed what you thought you knew about Jesus? Perhaps it’s reminded you of something you’ve forgotten?
“Who Is Jesus?” is the most important question you will ever have to answer. Collect your thoughts, and share them with a friend or in the comments below.

Walking With Jesus… Literally! (7-Day Video Series)

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Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to walk with Jesus–not just “walk” in the spiritual sense you hear about in church… but literally walk with Jesus two thousand years ago?

We can guess what it may have been like: thrilling, scary, enlightening… but more than anything else, it probably would have been life-changing: a completely radical disruption of our “normal” lives.

A short video series on the Jesus Film App titled “7 Days with Jesus: Walk With Jesus” helps us imagine what it would be like to

In this video series, featuring seven short videos (each between two and five minutes long), we see Jesus, His disciples, and others whom we’ve read about in the Gospels. Day One (“Fish for People”) tells the story of Peter and the disciples hauling in the biggest load of fish they’ve ever seen. (You can read this story in Luke 5:4-11.) Start with this video! Instructions below.

WATCH 7 Days with Jesus: Walk With Jesus
Watch “7 Days with Jesus: Walk With Jesus”, produced in partnership with MentorLink International, on the Jesus Film App

  1. Download the Jesus Film App.
  2. Swipe down to “Days with Jesus.”
  3. Open “Days with Jesus,” and select “7 Days with Jesus: Walk With Jesus.”
  4. Select the play icon next to “Day 1: Fish for People” to begin watching. Continue with Days 2-7 at your own pace.
  5. Share with a friend!

Reflection Questions
After watching “Fish for People,” consider the following questions.

  • How do I identify with Peter?
  • Jesus calls His followers, including Peter, to fish for people. Pray: Lord, help me learn to fish for people.
  • Jesus says, “Do not be afraid.” How are His words a comfort to me as I begin fishing?
  • What step does Jesus want me to take today?

Share This Experience With a Friend
As you work your way through the questions, does one in particular stand out to you? Do you feel Jesus pulling you in a specific direction, or revealing something to you that you didn’t quite realize before? If so, share with a friend, and encourage that friend to watch 7 Days with Jesus: Walk With Jesus with you over the course of the next week.

Also, we would like to know what you learn through this video series. Tell us in the comments below what Jesus has revealed to you through these videos.

God Answers the Mess of Life With One Word: Grace

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Max Lucado wrote, “The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: ‘grace.’ ”

And what an amazing word it is! It is by the grace of God that all things–that anything–is possible. 1 Corinthians 15:10 tells us, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

God’s grace is a miraculous thing. Equally amazing is the fact that God has given us the opportunity to see His grace in the flesh, in the form of his son, Jesus Christ. The grace of God isn’t some vague, abstract idea. It’s a very real thing that Jesus brought to life through his words and actions. By reading the Gospels, we get to see that grace for ourselves!

7 Days with Jesus: Grace is a short video series that examines the grace of God through Jesus. This series, which works well as a devotional/quiet time, uses clips from The Jesus Film to make us think more deeply about Jesus and grace. The seven titles are:

  • Response of Grace
  • Forgiveness and Grace
  • Grace Versus Law
  • Acts of Grace
  • Pursuing Grace
  • Evidence of Grace
  • Grace on the Cross

 

Start with Response of Grace, a short clip that show Jesus going to a house where a 12-year-old girl lays lifeless on a cot inside a home. Outside, women are wailing and distraught over the girl’s death. Inside, the peace of Jesus reigns.

WATCH 7 Days with Jesus: Grace

To watch 7 Days with Jesus: Grace on the Jesus Film App…

  1. Download the Jesus Film App.
  2. Swipe down to “Days with Jesus.”
  3. Open “Days with Jesus,” and select “7 Days with Jesus: Grace.”
  4. Select the play icon next to “Day 1: Response of Grace” to begin watching. Continue with Days 2-7 at your own pace.
  5. Share with a friend!

While this story from Luke 8:41-56 demonstrates Jesus’s power (in his ability to bring the dead back to life), our focus today is on the grace found in his response to other people. We may not have the power to work the miracles that Jesus worked, but we do have the opportunity to respond to others lovingly and with grace. After watching the short clip, consider these questions:

  1. How did Jesus respond to this hopeless situation?
  2. How did Jesus show sensitivity to each person?
  3. Who in my life needs Jesus in their hopeless situation?

Pick one question, and share your response in the comments below or with a friend. Even better, get a friend, spouse, or family member to watch one clip a day with you; discuss the clip after viewing. Share with others as you learn about the grace of Jesus.

How Will You Turn the Bad Into Good?

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When times get tough, do you ever feel like giving up? When you hit bumpy roads in your relationships, at school, or in your work life, do you find yourself blaming other people or circumstances outside of your control?

It happens to all of us–this feeling that we don’t deserve to face hardship. “Things shouldn’t be going this way for me,” you might think to yourself. “I shouldn’t have to deal with this issue.”

Of course, when we step back from the situation, we know that isn’t true. God allows us to be challenged and to struggle for many reasons–some of which we may be able to discern, others that may not be clear to us until we get to heaven. Perhaps we face a problem that requires us to grow spiritually and put our hope in Him. Perhaps the challenges we face will teach us to rely on God and not ourself.

Think of Your Struggle as an Opportunity to Learn to Trust God More.

In Waiting on the Alchemist, Frankie, a soccer player at a school without a soccer team, is told by his mother, “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” After feeling despondent and hopeless about his situation, Frankie decides to tackle his problem from a new perspective. Instead of seeing his challenging circumstances as limitations, he decides to think of them as opportunities.

In the same way, God wants us to trust Him. It’s not easy, but trusting Him requires a change of perspective. In Him, we are more than conquerors, regardless of the circumstance (Romans : 37-39).

WATCH Waiting on the Alchemist

Watch Waiting on the Alchemist on the Jesus Film App.

Download the Jesus Film App.

  1. Swipe down to “Short Films.”
  2. Open “Short Films,” and select the Videos tab on the mid-right.
  3. Swipe down and select Waiting on the Alchemist.
  4. Select the play icon.
  5. Watch and share!

Will You “Turn the Bad Into Good”?

Pick a discussion question below, and share your answer with us and other blog readers in the comments:

  1. Is there a character in the film you resonated with? If so, who?
  2. What two worlds do you see colliding for Frankie and what are the opposing views?
  3. What do you think his mom meant when she said that not going back (to school) isn’t going to change anything here”?
  4. How do you approach a situation when change is required? Have you seen instances where change has brought about something unexpectedly good?
  5. The big idea of The Alchemist is about a kid going on an adventure and finding his treasure at great odds. What treasure are you searching for?

Even Anne Hathaway Fears Loneliness

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Have you ever been truly lonely? Faced the stifling, fear-gripping choke of isolation? At some point or another, it’s likely that you have felt loneliness–and the fear that accompanies it. Actress Anne Hathaway once said,

“Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.”

The way Anne phrases that thought is interesting:

Loneliness isn’t just about being loved; it’s equally about loving.

In A Man By the Name of Frederick Pennyhouse, a short film available on the Jesus Film App, the idea of loneliness is explored from both of these perspectives. The camera opens up on a man who lives on a stilted house far out in the ocean. He is surrounded by a few crudely made stick figures, with whom he fishes and eats his meals.

His life is simple and good, until suddenly the loneliness gets to him. He begins to write a letter…

WATCH A Man By the Name of Frederick Pennyhouse

Watch A Man By the Name of Frederick Pennyhouse on the Jesus Film App.

  1. Download the Jesus Film App.
  2. Swipe down to “Short Films.”
  3. Open “Short Films,” and select the Videos tab on the mid-right.
  4. Swipe down and select A Man By the Name of Frederick Pennyhouse.
  5. Select the play icon.
  6. Watch and share!

Why Does Frederick Pennyhouse Create Stand-Ins for Friends?

Is it because he feels the need to have someone to love and care for? Or do you think it’s because he wants to feel like someone cares for him? Perhaps both?

Other questions to consider from the film:

  • Why do you think he lives in the middle of the ocean?
  • If you were him, would you have written a message in a bottle? If so, what would you write?
  • What would cause you to isolate yourself from your family or friends?
  • What keeps you going and gives you hope when people disappoint you?

Oftentimes, we look for hope in other people, things, or lifestyles. But outside of Jesus, everything ultimately leads to disappointment. Has there ever been a time in your life where you looked to something else to help you escape fear or loneliness? We encourage you to share your response – or an answer to one of the above questions – in the comments below.

Audrey Hepburn, the “Constant Search” & LOVE

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short film Not Evelyn Cho

Audrey Hepburn, one of the most iconic Hollywood stars of all time, once said, “We all want to be loved, don’t we? Everyone looks for a way of finding love. It’s a constant search for affection in every walk of life.”

 

Imagine that… even the beautiful, talented star of blockbusters like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday was constantly looking for love and affection. No amount of success or fame could satiate that human void… only the knowledge that you are truly loved could make Audrey–or anyone, for that matter–feel whole.

 

How A Mislabeled Package Can Change Everything

In Not Evelyn Cho, a short film on the Jesus Film App, we see a young woman named Sarah who seems to be depressed. Her apartment is a wreck and she’s sleeping away the later hours of the morning on her disheveled couch. The quietness of the film and seemingly unique interruption of a doorbell all lead us to believe that she may not have any close friends either.

 

One day, the doorbell rings. A fist pounds. A package appears… but it’s addressed to Evelyn Cho. “I’m Sarah,” she tells the delivery man. Enamored with the delivery man’s good looks, the wheels start turning in her mind. We can see her thinking, “But what if I was Evelyn Cho? What if I did receive packages from this guy every day?”

 

She quickly hurries back upstairs to her apartment and starts ordering packages online. You’ll have to watch the film to see how the rest of the story plays out…

 

WATCH Not Evelyn Cho

Watch Not Evelyn Cho on the Jesus Film App.

 

  1. Download the Jesus Film App.
  2. Swipe down to “Short Films.”
  3. Open “Short Films,” and select the Videos tab on the mid-right.
  4. Swipe down and select Not Evelyn Cho.
  5. Select the play icon.
  6. Watch and share!

 

What Audrey Hepburn, Sarah, Me & You All Have In Common.

We all want to be loved, don’t we? We all want that validation–affirmation–from somebody else. Ultimately, however, only God will consistently, faithfully, and lavishly love us. A spouse can’t; a friend can’t; a parent can’t do it either. As we’re reminded in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

 

All your needs. God can do that. They may not be the needs you think you have or the desires that you have, but He will meet your needs. So if you’re searching for love and acceptance like Audrey and Sarah… put your trust in God, and have faith that He will surprise you and fulfill you in exactly the ways that you need.
Has God ever surprised you in His provisions? Would you consider sharing with us and other readers about this experience in the comments below?

Don’t Hold Your Breath… After the Christian ‘Honeymoon’

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“When we first begin a relationship with Christ, we first go through a honeymoon phase,” explains the fisherman in Don’t Hold Your Breath, a short film available on the Jesus Film App. Everything’s great. Wonderful! We feel refreshed and renewed. A huge burden is lifted off our shoulders.

But then the weight of sin inevitably begins to creep back in. We are reminded just how powerful sin is. As C.S. Lewis said, “You only know the strength of the wind when you try to walk against it.” In other words, it’s not until you are actively fighting against sin that you realize its crushing power.

 

When the Honeymoon Is Over…

We oftentimes try to take control of sin ourselves. We beat ourselves up for not being able to resist sin on our own–forgetting that Jesus and only Jesus can help us in that department. (See James 4:7.) So, we make ourselves feel guilty about the sins we commit over and over. We act as if by beating ourselves up we’ll somehow atone for our sins on our own.

Well, it doesn’t work that way. Instead, we only make ourselves feel worse. As the fisherman in Don’t Hold Your Breath tells us, “The sheer weight of our own sin and human limitations overwhelms us. It crushes us, and we can’t maintain it… but the Holy Spirit can take us to wonderful new places we never even knew existed. All we have to do is breathe.”

Breathe. What does he mean “breathe?” Watch the 16-minute film on your phone or tablet to find out. Here’s how…

 

WATCH Don’t Hold Your Breath on the JFM app or online here

Watch Don’t Hold Your Breath on the Jesus Film app

  1. Download the Jesus Film App.
  2. Swipe down to “Short Films.”
  3. Open “Short Films,” and select the Videos tab on the mid-right.
  4. Swipe down and select Don’t Hold Your Breath.
  5. Select the play icon.
  6. Watch and share!

Just Released- Jesus Film Media App 2.0

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It is even easier to share your faith with the updated Jesus Film Media App 2.0.

The new Jesus Film Media App 2.0 has hit the App Store and Google Play today ! Updated features include brand new global localizations (so that when the app is downloaded to a device, it automatically uses the device’s default language), major video search improvements, “related content” suggestions, expanded share options (including Messenger, Snapchat, and more), a cleaner map interface, and country detail pages. Visit jesusfilmapp.com to download the app, a great companion that makes it easier to share your faith.
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