Dallas Jenkins, creator, writer, producer, and director of
international phenomenon The Chosen is hands on with every
detail of this immense project. His selection of Liz Lemon
Swindle and her paintings to represent the series as fine art
in the homes of fans and collectors was no casual decision.
It was her ability to interpret the message of Christ set her
Recognizing Liz as a fellow artist, Jenkins gave her the freedom to select her subjects from the scenes that touched her deepest. A number of paintings were created from which “You Are Mine” was ultimately selected. Almost universally this scene, at the end of Episode 1, was the moment every fan said, “That’s when I was hooked!”
In the painting, Mary is leaning into Jesus weeping from the overwhelming feeling of relief, and comfort she was experiencing. Our imperfect nature is expected and completely forgiven when we surrender to Jesus Christ. He knows each of us by name, and no soul is forgotten. This is a moment of complete surrender to the safe embrace of the Savior who knows our shortcomings yet continues to love us.
We can be made whole through Him and His redeeming power. His forgiveness is offered to all who will turn around when He calls our name.
Everyone feels alone and helpless at times in their lives. Sometimes, we feel so desperate that we turn to anything that could potentially take the pain away. We feel like nobody understands us. We feel as though our insecurities are overtaking us. As the world spits out darkness and evil often we can feel as though we are left to fend for ourselves.
That same feeling was felt by one particular woman: Mary Magdalene. At her lowest moment, no one other than Jesus Christ reached out to her, calling her by name. This simple yet significant gesture healed the loneliness in Mary’s heart.
Jesus urged Mary to “fear not” and spoke comforting words of redemption. At a time when Mary had felt neglected, Jesus Christ rescued her in that moment when he said, “You are mine.” Mary collapsed, weeping at what she saw and heard. She was not alone. She was with the man who would redeem her and embraced her, all of her.