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The Story of Jesus for Children (2000)

PG | | Drama, Family | Video 6 March 2000
This is the story of Jesus as seen through the eyes of children who might have lived during the time of Jesus. Follow the lives of Benjamin, Caleb, Sarah, Joel, Leah and Nathan, living in ... See full summary »


John Schmidt


Steve Gottry (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Mikael Ayele ... Joel (as Michael W. Yohannes)
Brian Deacon ... Jesus (archive footage)
Brandon Gilberstadt Brandon Gilberstadt
Rishi Kumar Rishi Kumar ... Nathan
Sofie Melograno ... Leah
Joseph Steven ... Villager / Pharisee
Lindsey Wholey Lindsey Wholey


This is the story of Jesus as seen through the eyes of children who might have lived during the time of Jesus. Follow the lives of Benjamin, Caleb, Sarah, Joel, Leah and Nathan, living in Jerusalem about A.D. 30. Hear the stories of the man from Nazareth who heals the sick and raises the dead. They struggle to make sense of it all - some from families who believe Jesus is the Son of God, others from families who do not. They watch Jesus from the crowds. They follow him, to see what this incredible man, who loves children, will do next. They see him betrayed, wrongly accused, crucified, and buried. But, they remembers the promise of Jesus and they believe they will see him again. Children of all ages will enjoy this captivating retelling of the true story of Jesus from a child's perspective.

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some violent and thematic elements


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6 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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Edited from The Jesus Film (1979) See more »

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An excellent way for children to learn about who Christ is.
26 January 2007 | by CDephedrineSee all my reviews

At last! A movie which tells Christ's story in a way that will appeal to children of all ages. This re-edited version of the Jesus Project movie, "Jesus", has an intro and other segments spliced in, in which children living at the time of Christ tell each other what they have heard and seen about this extraordinary man who has the power to heal palsy, blindness and even death itself.

This new format makes the selected scenes "child-friendly". True to the Biblical version of events, it allows children to decide for themselves who Christ is, and whether he is either lunatic, liar or indeed LORD. I have shown this film to children in state-sanctioned religious education classes in Australian state schools, with a positive response from students. With so much audio-visual material confronting children in a negative way (violence, sex and drugs), it is good to see at least one movie which gives children a positive alternative.

The movie covers the major events of Jesus' life, including his birth, healing and preaching ministry, and the crucifixion and resurrection. All scenes follow the gospel narrative (according to Luke). Fictionalised content is mainly restricted to the activities and conversations of the children themselves, who tell the story via flashbacks etc.

A modern interpretation of an age-old story that will never lose its relevance to the needs of a spiritually hungry world.

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