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Jesus: He Lived Among Us | Animated Jesus Film Blesses the Persecuted Church

Updated on June 13, 2013
Jesus: He Lived Among Us
Jesus: He Lived Among Us | Source

Jesus: He Lived Among Us

Jesus: He Lived Among Us
Jesus: He Lived Among Us

Animated Film / Format: DVD

 

Animated Jesus Film

Have you ever watched a movie about Jesus? Many people have. If you're a Christian, you have probably seen the JESUS film, King of Kings, The Passion of the Christ, The Greatest Story Ever Told and other movies that interpret the life of Jesus.

No film can capture the fullness of Jesus Christ's humanity or divinity, and none can tell his full life story. But the better Jesus movies enable viewers to catch a small glimpse of the bigger picture. Many are excellent visual aids for understanding the Bible better.

In September 2011, The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) introduced a new evangelism tool called Jesus: He Lived Among Us. While staying true to the Scriptures, the animated film tells the familiar story of Jesus from a slightly different perspective.

VOM is an interdenominational, non-profit organization that supports the persecuted church around the world. The animated film focuses on the persecution aspect of the life of Jesus and his followers.

A screenshot from the official movie trailer.
A screenshot from the official movie trailer. | Source

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also."

John 15:18-20, NIV

A Story of Persecution

Jesus: He Lived Among Us features 90 minutes of animated scenes that depict the life of Jesus, as told by his apostle John.

Known as "the beloved disciple" and "the disciple whom Jesus loved," John was a follower of Christ and one of his twelve apostles. In fact, he was the last surviving apostle.

The animated VOM movie focuses on the persecution aspect of the story, centering on the persecution and crucifixion of Jesus. It also examines the persecution of his followers like John, who experienced suffering for the sake of the Lord.

Movie animation artwork from the illustrators at Herald Entertainment.
Movie animation artwork from the illustrators at Herald Entertainment. | Source
A screenshot from the official movie website.
A screenshot from the official movie website. | Source

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith."

1 Thessalonians 3:7, NIV

Blessing the World

Jesus: He Lived Among Us appeals to people of all ages. Some see the film as an interesting retelling of a familiar story. Others, such as the struggling, persecuted church, find it to be a real blessing. Many Christians around the world experience extreme persecution, and the film gives them inspiration and hope.

Jesus: He Lived Among Us is also an effective evangelism tool. It is particularly helpful for the indigenous missionaries who share the gospel message in their part of the world.

Herald Entertainment produced the animated movie, and VOM dubbed the film in twelve languages. They are common languages from the world's most restricted areas (see the map and table below).

VOM has partnered with churches and other ministries to distribute the film on mission fields across the globe. Visit The Voice of the Martyrs to watch the trailer, download the script or learn how you can help distribute the film.

Announcement from The Voice of the Martyrs | June 13, 2013

The Voice of the Martyrs is offering Jesus: He Lived Among Us for as little as $1.00 each. Purchase a pack of 5 DVDs for $10.00 or 20 DVDs for $20.00.

The animated film is now also available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian, or Spanish for $2.00 each.

Visit The Voice of the Martyrs website (see link above) to order your copies.

VOM Takes the Gospel to All the Nations with Translations

Jesus: He Lived Among Us is dubbed in twelve languages for the nations that are most hostile and restricted toward Christians. The partners of VOM sponsor the translation, production, and free distribution of Jesus: He Lived Among Us in these countries.

Persecuted Christians are struggling in these restricted nations.
Persecuted Christians are struggling in these restricted nations. | Source

Animated Jesus Film Impacts the World in Twelve Languages

LANGUAGE
COUNTRY OR REGION
Chinese
China 
Spanish
Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Western Venezuela
Arabic
Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, North Africa 
Bahasa
Indonesia, Malaysia
Korean
North Korea, China
Farsi
Iran
Urdu
Pakistan
Vietnamese
Vietnam
Hmong
Vietnam, Laos
Lao
Laos
Hindi
India
Bengali
Bangladesh
Tortured For Christ, by Wurmbrand.
Tortured For Christ, by Wurmbrand. | Source

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."

2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV

On Christian Persecution

Foxe: Voices of the Martyrs
Foxe: Voices of the Martyrs

Imitation Leather Edition. Encounter the stories of Christians from early Christianity to modern times.

 

Copyright © 2011. Annette R. Smith. All rights reserved.

Published: April 20, 2011 / Modified: June 13, 2013.

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    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Jesus: He Lived Among Us, the animated Jesus film, is now available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

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      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, julietsm. Thank you for reading my article and leaving a comment. How wonderful that you want to share the VOM resource with friends.

      Regarding a Spanish-language translation of "Tortured for Christ," have you contacted VOM directly? They may have complimentary copies available upon request, or they can point you in the right direction.

      According to the www.persecution.com website, their mailing address is: P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443. For orders and contributions, call (800) 747-0085.

      Blessings, Annette Smith

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      julietsm 

      6 years ago

      I don't understand why Tortured for Christ is only available in English. I want some friends of mind to read it who only read Spanish, and am shocked to discover that they can buy it at Amazon, but there is no free version available. Why is that? It should not only be available in Spanish, but every other language on the face of the earth. Christianity is not something available only to the English-speaking. I must say that I am sorely disappointed.

      Please don't get me wrong, I love the VOM, I love Mr. Wormbrand's book, (as painful as it is to read) and if I am mistaken I would appreciate it if someone could direct me to the correct site.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      7 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Hyphenbird. And I hope people will read "Tortured For Christ," too. It's a very inspirational book from the founder of Voice Of The Martyrs.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I am thrilled to see this movie made. Voice of the Martyrs is a wonderful and hard working organization. I believe in their mission and thank you for giving people a heads up about this movie!

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