‘King of Glory’: a video Gospel presentation for mission

King of Glory is a Gospel presentation in video and book format. This superb resource is designed to be suitable for all ages and across different cultures. It would perhaps particularly appeal to children aged 8-13, but older children and adults would also find it engaging. King of Glory was written by Paul D. Bramsen of Rock International and illustrated by Arminda San Martín.

In the author’s words, King of Glory “weaves together 70 key stories to show the big picture of God’s purpose and plan for mankind. . . . . More than half of the book’s Old Testament scenes are from Genesis 1 to 4. These stories provide solid foundations to help a person see why they need a Savior and why it was necessary for that Savior to shed His blood for our sins.” Bramsen describes the message of King of Glory in a nutshell, as “The cross explained”. It is, by design, selective – for example, the prophecies about Jesus in the Psalms and the Old Testament prophets are covered in just one very short chapter; the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost is not mentioned. But what it does cover is told well and in a way that is faithful to Scripture.

Paul Bramsen says, “The Lord began to put into my heart a burden to produce an illustrated book that would make His story and message clear to people of all ages and cultures—giving special care to present it in a way that could penetrate Muslim minds and hearts.”

Bramsen tells us, “We produced this film because we see the urgent and widespread need for a captivating audio-visual gospel tool for all ages in many languages that chronologically presents the big picture of God’s plan of redemption, using key Old Testament stories to explain why the Messiah shed His blood on the cross for our sins. We wanted a movie that would powerfully communicate to people of all cultures and worldviews. King of Glory doesn’t use actors, which can distract the audience or even date a movie; it uses paintings. It avoids clearly showing the face of Jesus and rarely shows the faces of the prophets, since that can offend Muslims. . . . . Most importantly, this movie exists to do what Jesus did on the Emmaus Road: “And beginning at Moses [Genesis] and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27).”

King of Glory is designed to be watched in 15 episodes, each around 15 minutes long. It’s also available in a 70-episode format: each episode corresponds to one of the 70 ‘scenes’ in the book, and is around 3 to 4 minutes long. It’s also available for purchase as a two-part DVD or Blu-ray set, or as a digital download. In the DVD and Blu-ray sets, the Old Testament runs 1 hour and 47 minutes; the New Testament runs for 1 hour and 55 minutes. This two-part movie is available in multiple languages. The narrative in all versions is a word-for-word presentation of the text in the book’s 70 stories, or scenes, as they are called.

The main webpage for the King of Glory movie is HERE. From this page you can download and watch it for free in either the 15-session or 70-session versions, or purchase the DVD or Blu-ray sets, or the digital download. Alternatively, the YouTube playlist for the 70-session version is available HERE.

The 8-page conclusion in the King of Glory book, entitled The Message in the Story is available in video format HERE.

The main webpage for the King of Glory book is HERE. From this page you can, among other things, download the book free of charge in English and in various other languages. An Illustrated Study Guide, plus an Answer Key, is available HERE.

You can read more about the story behind the production of this movie HERE. Paul and Carol Bramsen have served in the Muslim world context since 1981, first in Senegal, and later with an expanded focus to reach Muslims and others through multi-language radio broadcasts, books, booklets and now the movie.

The LUMO Project Gospel videos

Image © LUMO Project

Jesus calls his first disciples – a scene from one of the LUMO Project videos.

The LUMO Project has produced a series of videos of the four Gospels, one for each Gospel. These videos have three key features that, together, contribute to these films’ stunning level of authenticity.

 Firstly, the voice-over is a narration of the Bible text – nothing is added, and nothing is removed. The actors in the film speak Aramaic, as it was spoken in Jesus’ time. But their dialogue is muted, and overlaid with voice-over narration using the unabridged Biblical text as script. John’s Gospel is available in the New International Version and the King James Versions of the Bible; the other Gospels are available in the NIV only. There are also versions available in other languages. The film is currently available in 20 languages – Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dutch, English, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

 Secondly, the scenery was shot on location in Morocco, and is faithful to the first-century Palestinian world of the Gospels. The LUMO Project used CGI to reconstruct the city of Jerusalem from a difference.

 Thirdly, and uniquely, the actors look the part of first-century Palestinian people. This adds a further level of authenticity to the videos. In the December 2002 issue of Popular Mechanics, an article by Mike Fillon, entitled The Real Face of Jesus, described how scientists and archaeologists used forensic anthropology to reconstruct what a first-century Galilean man might have looked like. The image is quite different from the Western face we typically see depicted today. In the LUMO films, Jesus is played by the British actor Selva Rasalingam. Rasalingam’s ethnicity is partly Tamil, and he looks more like the reconstructed image developed by this team of scientists and archaeologists than the typical Westernised depiction that we’re familiar with.

LUMO tells us “LUMO revolutionizes the way we experience and understand the historical Jesus. Anyone, anywhere in the world can fully experience their translation of Scripture overlaying the stunningly visual representations of the life of Christ set against the backdrop of an authentic rendition of first century Palestine during Jesus’ time.”

Justin Taylor, on the Gospel Coalition website, writes: “I am a big fan of the Lumo Project, which is seeking—for the first time—to film all four Gospels as feature films, using only the unabridged biblical text as their script.” Read his review HERE.

The Journey video series, available for free viewing or download from this site, uses – because of their authentic portrayals – many stills from the LUMO films for Jesus and the Gospel narratives.

What is the LUMO project? This very brief video explains:

Click HERE for the LUMO website and to watch a trailer.

Here’s a video explaining the project:

This is a trailer for the Gospel of John:

LUMO’s YouTube channel, with a variety of trailers and explanatory videos available is HERE.

You can buy the LUMO videos on Amazon USA and Amazon UK. Outside of the United States and Canada, the films can be downloaded from the LUMO Project website for use in churches or community group.