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The Promise: Birth of the Messiah DVD
While I wanted to watch and review The Promise: Birth of the Messiah, I have to admit that this was one of the rare occasions I agreed to review something when I wasn’t almost 100% sure that my family and I would love it. The YouTube trailer intrigued us, but I thought there was a 50/50 chance we would love the movie based on the trailer. I honestly think that’s because the snippets presented in the trailer are taken out of context. You definitely can’t make a decision on the movie from that trailer.
I agreed to do the review because I love the Christmas story and know that many parts of it were sung, but we rarely hear them that way. We always hear them read straight from the text in the Gospels.
When we received the DVD and sat down to watch it, my concerns about not liking the movie were erased. We were completely absorbed from the first scene.
The Promise: Birth of the Messiah was much more than just a musical retelling of the Christmas story. The music was beautiful and well-timed, and this musical reminded me of something very important I tend to forget: the people involved in the greatest Story ever told were just ordinary people, like me. The Promise brought that alive for me. Joseph and Mary’s betrothal was so tender it made me cry. Joseph’s burden of caring for Mary, who is obviously about to give birth, weighed heavy on him. Zechariah and Elizabeth’s easy relationship from long years of marriage, just the two of them, was both touching and amusing. The shepherds’ invitation to the manger and their faithful response was beautiful. And a scene near the end, between Mary and the infant Jesus, helped me to realize what it must have been like to raise the Messiah, the Savior of the world, while knowing He is the Son of God.
We also enjoyed seeing the Bible’s descriptions of the Temple come to life. We’ve been reading through the Bible as a family this year, and we have read descriptions of the Temple over and over again. To see the scale of some of the items we’ve read about (like the bronze Sea) depicted made the Word come to life for us.
The DVD is 45 minutes long, and when it was over, my ten-year-old said, “Aw, man! That’s it?” My eight-year-old’s response was “I want them to make another one.”
When Glorious Films comes out with another movie, we’ll be one of the first families in line to see what they’ve done!