"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." John 1:1
What some of you probably don't know is that John is my favorite gospel, tied with Genesis for my favorite book in the Bible. When I first learned about the Lumo Project and that John would the first gospel produced, I knew I wanted to see it. I wanted everyone to see it -- if it was good enough.
Well, I am happy to say it is not only good enough -- it is even better -- it is awesome (in every sense of the overused word)! Currently (as of December 1st), you can watch The Gospel of John on Netflix. You can choose two English versions or a Spanish version. You are only limited by your access to Netflix. Our internet speed is too slow to utilize the service. Our sneak peek of the film (hosted elsewhere) was in HD and had many glitches - due to our internet speed, not the film or the host. Most of my children (those 8 and up) really enjoyed watching. Once they realized what they were hearing was word-for-word Scripture, they pulled out their Bibles. The younger ones were not as captivated. Family friendly? Yes. Dry or boring? No! The appeal is definitely for those mid-elementary age and older though.
You may be wondering why there are two English versions. First, you need to understand just what this film is. It is a very authentic and beautifully made film of the life of Jesus. While you watch and are carried away to first century Israel, you are hearing the Gospel of John (word-for-word text). The NIV version is read by actor David Harewood; the KJV is read by actor Brian Cox. The Spanish audio is read from the Reina Valera 1960. You are still hearing the full sounds of the movie - feet walking, etc. and can almost hear the conversations (though they weren't in English). These sounds were softer, muted, in the background so that the featured audio is the Scripture. As a homeschool family, I am aware of how my children learn best - audio, visual, etc. This film, The Gospel of John, appeals to all and is as educational as it is enjoyable.
One of the aspects of this film that I find really neat is the possibility for the film to narrated in any language. It will make the life-giving Gospel available to anyone. "Ensuring that the Gospels are accessible to all, regardless of their language, location, background and upbringing, is the overriding mission of The Lumo Project." And a beautiful goal that is.