A Thousand-Watt Smile

Years ago, I watched The Visual Bible: Matthew, which came out in 1993. The entire script was made up of only the words in the book of Matthew. I also got to meet the actor who portrayed Jesus, Bruce Marchiano. He shared at a women’s conference how he studied for the role. He was looking for something to help him and came across a little out of print book in the back of a bookstore called Jesus, Man of Joy, by Sherwood Wirt (it’s now available on Amazon). He said it really opened his eyes to how joyful Jesus was and it changed the way he depicted him.

I remember Jesus smiled at times during the book of Matthew but the smile that stuck in my mind after all these years was at the end of the movie, after the resurrection. Jesus walks away from the empty tomb with a huge smile on his face, beckoning us to come along. I couldn’t help getting goosebumps at the wonderful feeling of accomplishment he must have had and the excitement of us following him, the conqueror of sin and death.

We probably don’t think of Jesus smiling when we read the gospels, but I’m sure he did. Though a man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3), he was anointed with the oil of joy (Psalm 45:7; Hebrews 1:9). I also believe he smiles when he thinks of us (Zephaniah 3:16-17). His smile is just another reason to love Jesus. His smile makes me smile!

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

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