The year is about 62 A.D. and the aging Apostle Matthew, recounted by Richard Kiley, recalls the remarkable events he witnessed as a young man, during the 3 1/2 years he was with Jesus, portrayed by Bruce Marchiano and the disciples. This gripping epic story, from the birth of Jesus to His resurrection, is told using the full unedited word-for-word text of the New International Bible.
Regardt says that before filming The Gospel of Matthew, the Lord gave him a scripture. "...He was set above His companions, He was anointed with the oil of joy!" Hebrews 1:9. Regardt realized that he was to show Jesus as a man of joy! Nothing could be more joyous than the Savior, saving His lost children.
The Gospel of Matthew Chpt 8 scene "Healing the leper"
(Exerpt from page 13 of Bruce Marchiano's book In the Footsteps of Jesus.) When it came to the pre-production of the The Gospel of Matthew, Regardt did all of his scripting, storyboarding, and casting on his knees, joined by his production designer, Bruce Rudnick, a remarkably talented brother-in-Christ. With Bruce at his side, Regardt sought the Lord in every creative decision, and I'm convinced what you see on-screen today is the direct result of those two in the many months before filming on their knees in that production office begging God to show them what to do and how to do it. There are several specific things about The Gospel of Matthew that just about everyone comments on as being a specal blessing to them.
The Gospel of Matthew Chpt 28 scene "The great commission"
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