Old Stories Made New

My sister loaned me her Jesus Christ Superstar movie. After I watched it, I was struck by how awe-inspiring the familiar story was–as if I’d experienced it for the first time. When was the first time? I couldn’t remember; it was so deep inside me from such a young age.Because it is so familiar, when I read the old story, I already know the details but lack fresh eyes to truly see.

An early scene in the movie depicts many people clamoring around Jesus. Understanding he is special and can help them, they want, need, demand from him. They hadn’t known of him, but they are ready to find out all they can.

For those of us who have grown up in church hearing about, even coloring pictures of Bible stories, we think we know all about him. We’ve heard those stories before.

If we can go back, imagine we just now heard about this Jesus man, like the people in the movie. Or we just now get dropped back in time with Matthew, Mark, Luke or John where we could hear this new story, where we could see with new eyes.

Then we might truly see. 

Can you think of a story that was retold in a different way, perhaps from a different perspective, that came alive for you?

2 responses to “Old Stories Made New”

  1. Isn’t that the truth, most people do focus more on the things of life than the things of God.

    Perspective is the key, I think by being obedient by practicing the things of God (prayer, reading the word, fellowship) we can keep a fresh sight on Him.

    I like this blog, thoughtful….good job. Great way to put it.

    Did you like to watch that movie? I really like it, it is Judas’ perspective. I didn’t realize that when I was a kid.

    I was very attracted to the movie, mesmerized by it as a kid. I would play the album hours a day and sing. I didn’t know Jesus at all, I didn’t know He was God. No one told me, I mean I went to church and learned of God, Jesus, Spirit but this movie did not connect on that level. But for some reason I was very involved in it. I was attracted to Jesus, and confused. Especially the song Mary Magelene sings to Him. I don’t know how to love Him…I sang and sang that one!!
    Praise God! NOW I do know how to love Him, He makes it easy.

    • Thanks for the comment, Ila. It’s so easy to focus on what we can see, hear, touch, taste, and feel. The movie does make the viewer re-think their views.