MEET THE MAN WHO HAS PLAYED JESUS THE MOST ON THE SILVER SCREEN

Intro:
Different actors have played Jesus in movies and TV series, the most familiar, being perhaps English actor Robert Powell, whose picture hangs in uncountable frames around the world as if he were the real Jesus. That association resulted from Powell playing the lead role in Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth released in 1977.

But there’s another actor who has played Jesus more than anyone else; in fact, he has made a career out of it. He is Bruce Marchiano, an American actor, producer and director. Yesterday, I shared on social,media this culled article about how playing Jesus has totally transformed his life.

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Bruce Marchiano on Portraying Jesus
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Here’s the inspiring story of Marchiano’s personal and professional life. Read, comment, share and be blessed!

MEET BRUCE MARCHIANO

The first time I saw Bruce Marchiano was in the movie, Encounter, in which his character, Jesus, appears as the owner of an out-of-the-way diner that 5 strangers are marooned in due to a closed road. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations this contemporary, laid-back Jesus had with the unwilling patrons and how he helped them through their various personal crises.

You see, that’s the problem I had with Powell’s representation of Jesus in the film, Jesus of Nazareth. In that movie, Powell had this mystic man thing going on and seemed to be earnestly channelling the supernatural in order to perform miracles. That didn’t sound like the Jesus of the Bible to me. I figured that that’s what you get when people who don’t have a vibrant personal relationship with the Lord try to depict Him. Jesus, in his earthly days, was not a spiritualist. He was the Son of God. He didn’t have to keep very still and summon the elements or some such practice to heal the sick. The Bible said that God gave him the Spirit without measure and he was so anointed that people were healed by merely touching his clothes.

“34. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
“35. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.” – John 3:34-35

“And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.” – Luke 6:19 (ESV)

“And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” – Matthew 14:36

In an interview with Sharon Wilharm of Sonama Christian Home, Marchiano explains that that has been his greatest challenge in playing Jesus- “keeping it simple and not trying to over-do it.” He elaborates:

“You have to restrain this urge to make every syllable so big and impacting. But it’s God’s Word, so you need to trust that the power is there already. Another challenge is making it real as opposed to ‘religious.’ These are iconic scenes and you’re SO aware that this is God you’re representing – but 2000 years ago on the day it actually happened it was as practical as a ‘Man’ interacting with other men and women. So yes, I would say the huge challenge is keeping it simple and real, and not trying to over-do the work of the Words that are already packed with life-changing power.”

Marchiano has this understanding because, to the glory of God, he is a born-again Christian. He isn’t just any actor trying to interpret a role according to his human understanding, he is a child of God trying through the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit to bring the Jesus of the Bible home to the viewer. In his words:

“I’m deeply aware that people across the world make decisions about Him based on what I do before the camera. That’s a huge weight on my shoulders even as it is an incredible privilege. And the enormity of the task is so incomprehensible there’s only one thing to do in preparation: go to my knees and deep into His Word, crying out to Him to do ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ as only He can (Ephesians 3:20).”

He further explains that most people are familiar with the Bible accounts about Jesus but many do not know His heart, His nature or why He said or did the things He did. These are the things Marchiano tries through impassioned prayer and deep study of the Word of God to reveal. No wonder he describes playing Jesus as “the most illuminating, life-changing, humbling, scary, dangerous and yet most exciting experience” of his life.

And that is why whether he’s portraying Jesus through biblical accounts or through stories where He appears as an everyday person, like a diner owner as in The Encounter or a janitor as in Alison’s Choice, the same persistent warmth and deep compassion are conveyed, bringing the characters Jesus meets in each story and the viewers face to face with the reality of John 3:16-17:

“16. For God SO LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
“17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (emphasis, mine)

Did Marchiano always want to be an actor and did he always play Jesus? Yes and no. As an adolescent, he was inspired by a Dustin Hoffman movie and began to act out Broadway musicals in his room. He knew this was what he wanted to do for a living, so he got involved in high school productions and took acting classes later. But as for roles, he was usually cast in villainous roles, he says, due to his ethnic looks (his father’s side of the family is Italian and his mother Syrian). He first played a tiny role in an episode of Murder, She Wrote in 1985 and was also featured in such TV shows as LA Law, Columbo, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.

Raised as a Catholic, he was aware of God but he wasn’t saved. “In my early 30s I was born again and realized the difference between trying to be a good guy and having a living relationship with Jesus,” he reveals.

However, with faith came some tests. His career tanked and he agreed, after much struggle with God, to join a missions team with a troupe that performed in high schools. That seemed like a huge demotion but it was the team leader that informed him, a year or two later, that a born-again actor was being sought to play Jesus in The Gospel According to Matthew.

His advice: “Whatever the Lord says, rush to do it! Because His plan for your life is WAY beyond anything you can imagine for yourself.”

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You see the same Mediterranean looks that had led to his being cast as bad guys also resulted in his playing the nicest guy ever: the Lord Jesus.

“Jesus was the first nice guy I ever played,” he discloses. And now, “I don’t think I’m capable of playing a bad guy even if I wanted to (which I don’t!) – the Lord has done such a wonderful work inside me that I wouldn’t be convincing – people would
laugh!”

From the point The Gospel According to Matthew premiered, all manner of doors opened for Marchiano. He was launched “into a speaking ministry that’s taken me around the globe many times over. At the same time, I was asked to portray Jesus again and again…

“Before I knew it I was traveling the world sharing Jesus; going to churches, schools, universities, conferences… The Lord thrust me into a ministry that has taken me to everything from African prisons and HIV hostels to stadium crusades. And all of it fueled by what I learned about Him through portraying Him; the depth of His care, the pinnacle of His joy, the hope through His heartbreak. The unimaginable passion, love, desire…for you and for me.

“It has been my greatest honor and privilege to represent Jesus on film – even as it is to represent Him in ministry.”

And so Marchiano has gone on to play Jesus in other movies: The Visual Bible: Acts, Road to Emmaus, The Encounter, The Lion of Judah, Apostle Peter and the Last Supper, The Encounter: Paradise Lost, Come Follow Me and Alison’s Choice. Other movies he has starred in are Final Solution, Faith Happens, This Is Our Time, Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End, For Love’s Sake, Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire and The Black Rider: Revelation Road.

Expectedly, Marchiano’s insistence on godly roles has not gone down well with some. “Yes, I’ve lost agents because of this stance,” he states. But he has set his sights higher:

“The Lord has given me a tremendous sense of responsibility … because these films influence lives. … to quote Pastor Chuck Smith, ‘You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.’ At the end of the day I have to stand before God for what I did with the gifts he gave me.”

Marchiano is also a producer and director. His non-profit, Bruce Marchiano Ministries, based in North Hollywood, California, produces low-budget Christian films funded by donations. In 2017, one of his films, Alison’s Choice, earned him nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay: Feature Film and Most Inspirational at the International Christian Film Festival held from May 4-6 in Orlando Florida. It tells the story of a pregnant teen who finds the love and acceptance of Jesus. His current project which is in preproduction right now is a word-for-word film version of The Gospel of John.

This humble actor, who was born in Orange County, California, on February 5, 1956 is also an author. His books revolve around the life of Christ and his experiences portraying Him on screen. The titles are Bruce Marchiano; Jesus Wept; Jesus, the Man Who Loved Women: He Treasures, Esteems, and Delights in You; Jesus: Yesterday, Today, Forever . . .; The Character of a Man: Reflecting the Image of Jesus; Meeting Jesus and In the Footsteps of Jesus.

Marchiano is married with children and he is on Facebook. May God continue to prosper his ministry in Jesus’ name.

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Conclusion:
I’d like to end this article with one of Marchiano’s quotes that typify his career since the movie, The Gospel According to Matthew, was released in 1993.

“…any chance to bring ‘Jesus to life’ for people, to introduce people to Jesus, you can count me in.”

May God help us to do the same wherever we are, with whatever gifts He has given us and through whatever medium He would have us work. All of us may not be in the performing arts or have the huge opportunities that Marchiano has had. Still, we can shine the light of Christ in our little corners and help as many as we can to receive eternal life through Jesus our Lord. That is the reason I shared this piece- to encourage us to walk with God as He leads that we may be fruitful on earth. As the Lord Jesus declares:

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” – John 15:16,8

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The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.

Credits for the picture in the feature graphic and the Alison’s Choice poster go to Bruce Marchiano’s Facebook page.

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180 comments

  • Anabude oluchi

    An interesting one here! When we consistently do and act things related to God, we become and reflect His glory and being born again makes it faster as can be seen in the life of Marchiano. Most especially, you begin to have peace and joy specifically on kingdom enlargement and lose interest and peace in engaging in petty vices or sin in general.

    • Edith Ohaja

      You’re right. Reflecting God is easier when we are born again and submit to God’s spirit. Then we can be an example to others.

    • Amachaghi Goodness Akuchukwu

      There is so much beauty, light we exude when we live out our lives for christ

  • Mbam Patrick chinonyelum

    It is extremely pertinent for one to always put into action the character and attitude of a Christian in all his area of endeavors. Just like in the life of Bruce, who understood the act of ensuring that all the talents God has given to him are highly used to glorify his great name and equally evangelize the word of God. James in the Bible will always say:”Lord let us not only be hearers of the word but the doers.” Through this I will highly advise that we ensure our actions and talents are used to win souls for God. Wonderful post, ma!

  • Okibe Mercy

    One cannot do like Jesus if he or she don’t first of all carry Jesus. You can only do well in the area He has called you to work only when you know His heart beat and you cannot know His heart beat unless have a close relationship with Him. Thank God for this wonderful exposition, God bless you ma.

  • Amaugo Stephanie Chidinma

    Wow! I love this story!I’m glad he became born again and that made him reflect God easily.Thank God for his life.

  • Enukora

    I love that he tried to understand the crucial part he was taking. Being born again, gave him some sort of leverage also. Not everybody could do what he did.

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    “You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution”. This quote struck me. Just like Marchiano, we should try to get involved in any chance that will reveal Jesus to people.

  • Ibe Favour Kalu

    I remember the day I watched that movie “encounter”, I got to understand God more from the movie than what I have ever read from the Bible. From that movie, I realized how God loves us,and how he waits patiently for us to repent by giving us lots of chances to do that. I never knew the actor’s name until now( I only knew he was the Jesus in the movie). Thank you” Bruce Marchiano ” for telling me how much Jesus loves me and that God is always interested in my life(even when things are going wrong)…. I pray that we will use our individual gift to shine the light of Christ. Thank you ma for sharing this post.

  • Añulika Iwoba

    Wow!
    Just wow!!
    I’ve never seen any of the movies the Marciano featured in.
    His life is a living testimony of God’s guidance and direction.
    It should serve as some encouragement to those who want to serve the Lord, but are drawn back by the callous and selfish conditions of the unbelievers in their lives.
    Many people have this version of story to tell.
    But indeed, the decision to identify and follow the Truth, supersedes all humanly promise.

  • Anokwuru Catherine

    Wow!!! This is such a wonderful story.. I remember before I started studying the word of God, whenever I watched some particular Christian movies, I’ll be moved to want to know that aspect of God that the movies are talking about. Although I can’t remember if I’ve watched any of his movies but then carrying such a role on his shoulders has really inspired me to do more than I am doing presently for God.

  • Ezike Winifred udochukwu

    The movie “encounter””is really a nice movie ,I never knew he was the one that played the ‘jesus’ role until I came across your post ma..he has a point saying he tried playing that part well because of course a lot of people’s attention and those who are not really strong in their Faith’s…nice one ma??

  • Richards Orighomisan Mercy

    “You have to restrain this urge to make every syllable so big and impacting. But it’s God’s Word, so you need to trust that the power is there already. ” Truly ma, I think I can relate with this. After seeing the movie “the encounter ” I said to myself So Jesus can be so simple, it gave me a zeal to want to relate with Jesus on a friendly level. I just loved the simplicity he portrayed acting Jesus
    And I knew most definitely it took him a couple of rehearsal and of course work in the secret place, which is the most important seeing that h was going to portray the son of the living God

  • Abah Okpe Gabriel

    I grew up to know Jesus as a very handsome man with long hairs, pointed nose, tall just anything that makes a handsome man. All over the world, many pictures are hung, ranging from churches, home and religious grounds, as portraits of Jesus, yet I also learnt Jesus was never photographed- these are actors.
    For Marchiano, I love the fact that he was able to give himself in for Jesus to work through him, bringing Jesus to the world, I also love the fact that he was able to differentiate between being a good guy and having a living relationship with Jesus, very important, many persons are struggling to have a clear understanding of this. Thank you, ma, for sharing this.

  • Emelife Assumpta M

    Thank you ma, for telling us about this man. When I initially watched his movie “Encounter” I thought it was the real Jesus because of the way he acted his role perfectly, just like what was written in the Bible. I learnt a lot of biblical history through his movie. Thank you, Bruce Marchiano, for acting and living a Christ-like life, I pray through your movie, so many lives will be saved.

  • Kalu Grace Onuma

    Movies are also ways to preach the gospel and to show what it means to live like Christ and with the help of the Holy spirit directing our parts, we make better Christains

  • Blessing Chris Okeke

    “You have to restrain this urge to make every syllable so big and impacting. But it’s God’s Word, so you need to trust that the power is there already”. This statement for me meant everything. You have to trust that the power is there already. Good job, ma’am.

  • CHUKWU MICHAEL

    Marchiano job though, is to portray our Lord jesus..his career has led people to Christ and it is by his grace…his screen portrayal should not only reflect Jesus..but should continuously remind us of his coming..we should do likewise as be did..for we are the sons of God …nice one ma..

  • Ominaki pamela

    Receiving a responsibility and ministry by God is a very big deal, we should always do what God tells us to do, irrespective of the cost because there’s always a reward. Being a son of God is a blessing but being given a ministry is a very blessed opportunity to show God how much he means to you and the length you’re willing to go for him.

  • Kooyon Abigail Aershimana

    It baffles me to believe that Marchiano, was not a born-again before he began acting as Jesus in movies.
    I’ve never seen his movies before now but this write-up made me to…..
    During my childhood I heard kids talked about Jesus (that is Marchiano) and often times mimick few of his sentences in movies…..

    I’m glad he obeyed God’s call.
    God’s call is the only call to oblige.
    There’s definitely a difference between his life before and now.
    One cannot be serving God and still be a wanderer nor a loser.
    You’ll never regret you answered HIS call.

  • Odeh faith elakeche

    Allowing God to direct us in the right path should be one of our utmost desires because without God’s light and direction in our life we are empty vessels. Holy spirit guiding our paths and whatsoever he has blessed us to acting movie’s, singing e.t.c promotes the Gospel.

  • Adebanjo Adenike Rebecca

    Bruce Marchiano life initially , he wants to be an actor but not just an actor but to re-represent Jesus Christ life, which he did not as an actor but a thorough encounter with the word of God. This give him every other good things he accomplished today and still accomplishing.

    • Victor Izuchukwu

      The story of Bruce Marchiano shows that we can utilize the talent that God has given to us and also use that to make a great impact in the lives of people as Bruce had done using acting.

  • Ajah Ugochi Agnes

    This is a very touching and inspiring story. Indeed we are called to serve in one way or the other. It calls us to follow Christ not just by earning from the role we play as an actor or actress but by letting the role reflect or change our state of mind. I am impressed seeing how the man is torched by a single role he played.

    • My dear, it’s not a single role, although it’s the same character. Different scriptwriters portray Jesus in different ways. He just prays to capture the essence of Christ whenever He plays Him in a movie or TV series.

      • Obiogwu Onyinye

        Even in the midst of the “lot” in my head, I can only say that “if there is any other form of peace and fulfilment outside Of Christ, I pray I never know of it.” Once we know God, everything falls in place for us, hallelujah!

  • Chikwesiri Uka

    This is proof that God still calls people, the way he called Paul. I pray God helps each and everyone of us to find our calling and purpose in life.

  • Obiosa Oluchukwu Reward

    Bruce Marchiano was a Christian but I think the Movie he where he played the role of Jesus made him encounter Jesus. I pray God give me an encounter that will change my life forever. Amen

  • The bible says that we should not be hearers of the word but doers of it, living the life of Christ is very important as a christian. Marchiano’s character as Jesus in one of his films was great. It was hard for me to believe that he was not Jesus. He wanted to show the God Love to mankind through his acting.

  • Chukwuemeka uchechukwu pepertua

    Wow!….he discovered his mission here on earth, that’s why people are drawn to Jesus through him…it is a nice story.

  • Amarachi Juliet

    Finding out who you are and not going for anything less. Discover who you are in Christ and never settle for less

  • Oruma Nneoma Goodnews

    The best call in life to respond to is God’s call.God has bigger and better plans for anyone who responds to his call.Bruce Marchiano’s story is an example.May God help us all.Amen

  • Sambo Deborah Friday

    I believe that he could not have done it alone without the help of God. But I have a question ma,the Bible says that ” cursed is a man who is hanged on a tree,” doe this verse also apply it actors who act the part of Jesus christ on the cross?

    • AKOBI CHISOM EMMANUEL

      It’s never an easy task to take such a role but thank God for him.
      People like Marchiano are men we need in our present day, men who bore the heart of the father.
      His advice is true.
      “Whatever the Lord says, rush to do it! Because His plan for your life is WAY beyond anything you can imagine for yourself.”

  • Iyorakpo Dorathy

    Indeed God uses different situations to draw his children closer to him.

  • EMMANUEL AGBOWO

    I love this man and jim caviezel? so much.. it’s not easy to act the role of A GOD.

  • To be like someone required to know the person and be close to the person so that you will understand the real quality of the person. Marchiano act exactly like Christ because he is born again christian and not just actor.

  • Ezeh Loveth chinemerem

    This is an inspiring story. We are called to serve God in one way or the other and also movies is also a way to preach the word of God.

  • Udegbulam Favour Oluchi

    I love this particular Marchiano’s quote “..any chance to bring Jesus to life for people, you can count me in”. As christians we should endeavor to get ourselves involved with things that will proclaim God’s name.

  • Chibuife Isaac Chukwuebuka

    To be like Jesus we need to have a close-knit relationship with him. Very inspiring story ma.

  • Okeke Obinna Clinton

    It is a nice story, the man really did a great work in his films as Jesus..
    It is a thing of emulation

  • Obiora Miracle onyinyechi

    This is wonderful,it shows that God still calls his people, I pray that we hear him when he calls.

  • We can never run away from God’s call no matter where we are and what we do.

  • This is a wonderful story, I enjoyed it, it also inspired me to study the word of God more.

  • This is nice. it teaches that reading the bible,meditating on it,bring us more closer to God. Marchiano was familiar with the word of God before
    his call,and through acting like Jesus he was change to a better person.

  • Adiele Onyedikachi

    I also first saw Bruce Marchiano in The Encounter and that movie changed my life, how calm and loving Jesus is even when his love is rejected. We are all called in one way or the order, let’s use our gifts.

  • Mecha Favour Onyedikachi

    This is a life changing story, our work for God should be to draw souls to the kingdom and not for what we will gain.

  • Ossai Judith mmesoma

    It’s true.. We should abide by God’s rules and praise him always

  • Ossai Judith mmesoma

    It is good for us to live Christ like life as christians.. It’s a great story

  • Nwoke uchenna

    God has different ways of drawing us to his bounty.

  • Chukwumalume Ozioma

    Like Marchiano rightly said, we all would stand before God and give an account of all that we did with the gifts/talents he gave us. This should be a guiding principle for us Christians.

  • Ebeyi Emmanuel

    His life teaches close relationship with God, we can only behave like Christ when we are in a close walk with him. You can’t fake relationship with God….

  • Akpan Sarah Precious

    He has really been taking Christ to the world through His movies, he has been fulfilling purpose. Thank you ma for the enlightenment on Marchaino’s mission to be like Jesus

  • Akpan Sarah Precious

    This is a story that tells us that God can actually call anybody.
    Marchanio is really fulfilling the great mission in his movies, taking Christ to the people.

  • It’s takes a close relationship with God and grace to be like him or to depicts his character.This is a very inspiring story ma.
    May ink never dry from your pen Ijn: Amen

  • OGBONNA THANKGOD OBIECHINA

    Everyone on earth was born with a purpose, we should strive to put up our best and represent God well in everything we are doing as his ambassadors here on earth

    • Jacob precious

      Let Jesus reflect in your doings! You can’t act Jesus if you are not familiar with his ways! Just as Robert Powell life changed, the gospel of Christ shaped his life for good which he also pointed out that he lost a lot of agents and that he avoids sinful roles as a result of experience. Very didactic and concise! Thank you ma!

  • Asogwa Christian Tochukwu

    Through this, I will advise that we ensure our actions and talents are used to win souls for God.Allowing God to direct us in the right path should be one of our utmost desires because without God’s direction in our life, we are empty vessels.

  • Udeh Preciuos

    Playing that role the Holy Spirit arrested him and brought him closer to God, what God cannot do is not known, sometimes people think they are already destine for what they are doing at period of time in their life but not knowing that there is still a special gift the Holy Spirit kept for them in the future, so, he was destined to serve God. I was always believe in this word “your destiny can only be delayed but not be denied”.

  • Makwe Covenant Nkiruka

    “Whatever you do,do it better”. Marchiano’s inspiring story totally corrobates with this maxim. He is living a life worth imitating, and he’s spreading the message of hope and love to the whole world. We can do the same,by also living an examined life.

  • Omenka Deborah Ehi

    Every christian should have a personal relationship with God not just a church goer, living like and living for Jesus, it brings out the best in us and shows who we really are.

    • Zita Ezechi

      I have never heard of this man before
      This is my first time of hearing the name Bruce Marchiano
      He story is inspiring… I love his determination

  • Nwokedi Fortune Odinakachi

    He couldn’t have been so successful in this without God’s help! Playing that role is not one that can be done by a canal mind; We require God’s divine favour to keep represent the word.

  • Chukwuemeka uchechukwu pepertua

    Some people that played that role were not able to change life like Bruce Marco, the truth is that he discovered his mission here on earth,that is why people were draw to Jesus through him.

  • Chukwuemeka uchechukwu pepertua

    Some people that played that role were not able to change life like Bruce Marco, the truth is that he discovered his mission here on earth,that is why people were draw to Jesus through him.

  • Chukwuma Ifeanyi Williams

    Playing Jesus repeatedly surely changed Marchiano and made him a better.
    Depicting Jesus on the screens became something like his calling.

  • Chisom Efobi

    This is an inspiring story
    We all want to be like Christ, without going through the suffering he went through.
    Whenever I watch this movie “The passion of Christ” it always makes me emotional. It makes me understand what it really means to have love for humankind.

  • Onoh Chinenye

    This story reveals the true meaning of being a Christian. It’s not just about going to church and praying sometimes, we must encounter christ and accept him wholly, so that we may truly be in his own image and likeness. Marchiano had found Christ and his success story today is to us like a miracle that could be done by our father alone. God really is the way!

  • Williams Blessing Ngozi

    Allowing God to take charge of our lives should be our utmost priority.we are nothing but empty vessels without the holy spirit . when we make time for God ,he changes our lives permanently and we become new creatures.

  • Sochi

    We need God in everything we do in life, especially acting like His son.So I think knowing and having a personal relationship with God is not only good but a necessity for anyone who wants to act the role of Jesus.Jesus is a holy man without sin,so it’s an error for a sinner to play his role

  • God has a way of showing us that he will and always be with us

  • Akpom Chinazor Kamdilichukwu

    Reflecting God is so much easier when we submit completely, emphasis on completely to God and the holy spirit

  • Okwa Ihuoma Jessica

    Wow, what a wonderful life! This has made me to know that whatever field or place I find myself, I can work for God because He has and will surely give me the gifts to do so

  • Adimorah perpetual

    We are being sent to this world for a purpose,and we should come closer to God for us to discover the purpose.

  • Ubabunike David

    As Children of God, it is expected of us to walk in the path he has shown us. He was successful because he followed the path of God afterwards.

  • Igboka chidimma

    Encountering Jesus and making him your personal lord and savior that is becoming a born again makes it easier for us to reflect God and by so doing serve as example to others.

  • Ibaro Harrison Chidalu

    The story of Bruce Marchiano underscores the imperative of reflecting Christ in all we do as christians.

  • Chinweuba Blessing Oluchi

    Reflecting God is better when u have a close relationship with him. This is the case for Marchiano. Playing the role of God certainly influenced his life.

  • Dick-Unegbu Jennifer

    The truth is God always has a plan for his people, the way Bruce Marchiano depicted the role of Christ is something, we would never forget.
    How the role changed his life forever is the way our lives would be changed in so many ways, as we follow Christ. Amen.

  • I’ve watched the movie “The Encounter” and I didn’t know that his name is Bruce Marchino…. That movie looked real and all….. I also love the fact that he’s a born again Christian… It takes alot to play Jesus’role that to many times.

  • Nwikwu chidera judith

    This is inspiring. We need to put God first in whatever we do. We also need to discover the path God has chosen for us and use it in a way that pleases him.

  • Peter Chinecherem Nathaniel

    Am so happy that merchiano was able to use his God given potential and most importantly, in his career, he is able to take his stance as a Christian and today God has lifted him.

  • Ossai Joy Adanne

    God uses different ways to draw his people closer. Our main purpose on earth is to fulfil God work.

  • Agbedo Ebubechukwu

    This is really thoughtful and inspiring. Gods work above all!

  • Okochi Chinonso

    So motivating. We must all try to be christ-like,though we can’t be perfect untill out heavenly father helps us

  • Eze Chinalurumogu Success

    The story of Marchiano’s life is very inspiring. The fact that he had earlier acted villainous roles and switched to “Jesus” roles to telling the world about Him is amazing. My favourite part of his story was when he said “It has been my greatest honor and privilege to represent Jesus on film – even as it is to represent Him in ministry.”

  • Omeje Chinenye Martha.

    Everyone has something he or she is very good at and that’s why we’re unique, what a gift Marchiano has for his generation.

  • Njepuome Nmesoma .O.

    I love the fact that he is a born again christian who undertands the deep importance of his task and not just another actor playing a role assigned to him.
    God always has a plan for each and every one of us.

  • Anarah Chisom

    Can I say that this has just changed my perspective of Christ? ?

  • Ezema Johnmartins Kelechi

    We won’t live a fulfilled life until we finds out the purpose which God wants us to serve. Thanks ma’am and happy Sunday

  • Ekechukwu Francisca

    Doing what is pleasing unto God reflects his glory. This is the life of Bruce Marchino

  • Njepuome Nmesoma .O.

    I love the fact that he isnt just another actor playing a role but he understands the huge importance of his role both from the depth and surface.
    We should always try to reflect Christ in anything we do.

  • Ani Chelsea Nzubechukwu

    Bruce was able to draw people to God through his acting which also changed his life.

  • Stephen Ofojeh

    When one is born again one can easily reflect God

  • Ama Mitchelle Chisom

    This shows that God can call anybody, anyhow he seems fit.
    Very Inspiring!

  • Ani Gift Onyinyechi

    To act like Jesus we need to have a very close relationship with him.

  • Pearl Azuoma

    Even merely acting as Jesus can completely turn a life around, I’m simply amazed by the effects of knowing Jesus has on my life and I need the grace to share the love and filling I get from Him. I hope marchiano’s ministry expands to the ends of the earth.

  • Ekeh ifunanya Cynthia

    With the help of the Lord who chose him marchiano has been able to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ through his exceptional acting skills.

  • God has plans for each and everyone of us. Marchiano used his gifts very well. You cannot pretend being in close relationship with God. It can’t be faked.

  • Okocha precious

    The man that played Jesus the most. When I saw the title I thought it was going to be about an actor that just simply played the role in the movie but reading about how he also reflects the role in his lifestyle is truly a beautiful thing.

  • Bruce marchiano is a good example of the fact that as Christians, we should use our gifts and talents to portray Christ.
    I love that the fact that he relied on Jesus to help him portray his role .
    Our Lord Jesus is a wonderful character though been a man here on earth, but by fact that he is the son of God, people tend to think that all he did was use supernatural powers in accomplishing all he came to do but the Bible told us all ,
    He was actually a man and he lived by the strength of the HOLY GHOST
    For you to really know ,who he is ,and represent him ,you need to know him personally.

    Thank you so much ma❤️
    You’re amazing

  • Chiamaka

    The holy spirit is Wonderful

  • His life is indeed a testimony.

    • Ezeh Joy Amarachukwu

      The best place to be is in the will of God…
      Always seek better ways to portray Jesus…
      Thank you so much Ma for this lovely, lively and timely message!
      More grace ma’am.

  • Victoria

    Nice write up ma’am, keep it going

  • Okoro kosiso Mary

    This shows that acting and doing the work of God does not just influence others positively but also our personalities as a whole.

  • Nzenwa Grace Zionah

    To be like Jesus, I must say one has to be born again. It’s a must- you cannot decide for God to use you and still be living in iniquity. You have to separate yourself in order to be used. This is a very interesting story.

  • Amadi Doris Nmesoma

    No matter where we find ourselves, we should make sure we exhibit attributes that portray God and not just doing something for doing sake. Because, the essence of living is Him.

  • Chioma Nwizu

    You can’t give what you don’t have.

  • Onyekachi Amarachi

    It is really important for one to always put into action the character and attitude of a Christian in all his area of endeavors. Through this I will highly advise that we ensure our actions and talents are used to win souls for God.

  • Ngwu Chiamaka

    Nothing in this life is done by your own personal power… Reliance on God’s direction will make everything to definitely work for us.
    Imagine if Bruce Marchiano failed to listen to God’s instruction…?
    He would not be in such inspiring movies of Christ because Hod has no problem finding another vessel. I pray God help us to fully depend on Him for instructions🙌
    Thank you ma’am!❤

    • Chukwude Olachi

      What ever the lord says rush to do it, because his plan for your life is way beyond anything you can imagine for yourself, this part really got me. Thanks ma for sharing this wonderful story.

  • Rita

    For lack of fitting vocabulary, this is touching….

  • Ugwu Ogechukwu promise

    In our journey as Christians, we cannot depict the of life of Jesus without being born again and the help of the Holy Spirit. In anywhere we found ourselves, we should endeavor to portray Jesus as heavenly ambassadors. Bruce acting the role of Christ is easy for him for the reason that he has a close relationship with God.

  • Treasure Emone

    Good day ma, it’s good to learn something new everyday. It is clear from this article that one cannot recreate what is not already within him. Also, from the life story of this man, there are consequences for being Christ-like but it’s nothing compared to its advantage. God bless you ma.

  • Akamadu Oluoma Francisca

    We become what we consistently do and act. This can be seen in the life of Marchiano.

  • I thank God for the Bruce marchiano’s life.The role he played (Jesus) really changed his life.

  • Treasure Emone

    We should always portray God in every area of our lives

  • Okoye Emmanuel

    Bruce Marchino surrendered his life to Christ and God used him tremendously. He depicts the picture of Jesus in today’s world.

  • Okoro Gift

    Very interesting. I’ll diligently seek the face of God daily in order to live a Christ like life. Ohh how I long to be like Him

  • Ihuoma Ogochukwu Chinonye

    We must represent Jesus Christ wherever we find ourselves. Be ye not ashamed of the gospel. Thanks for sharing, Ma’am.

  • Okoro Charity Oluchukwu

    You can actually preach the gospel through acting in a movie. By so doing you can convert unbelievers through such inspiring role.
    Thanks you ma

  • Benjamin Glory

    This is what Christianity entails knowing God and we can achieve that by being born again.

    The deeper we go with God the more we know him

  • Edebeatu Ebere Nelly

    It is important to note that every gift God gave to man, he expects same to be useful to his kingdom. Any talent that is not put into good use to realize kingdom aims, is simply a misplaced priority.

  • Ezugwu Chidera

    When we consistently do and act things related to God, we become and reflect His glory and being born again makes it faster as can be seen in the life of Marchiano

  • I remember struggling with understanding my purpose on earth. And finally, I got to realize that what the Lord will have me do in my generation, is evangelism. He wants me to be His evangelist and to proudly proclaim His gospel. Thank you so much ma.

  • Odinamma Okereke🦋

    I agree
    People daily act out things and not live it in true life
    In other words, they don’t practice what they preach
    And Gen Z would call it “fake life”
    We need to actually cultivate the habit of practicing whatever we preach because faith without work is dead as in the Bible
    Anyways, a good piece ma ❤️

  • Okwor Uchenna Sonia

    It’s a great thing to be reflecting God in what you do, because you would learn to not disappoint him. Thank you for the information ma.

  • Amara Ikwueze

    A very interesting piece. It’s a good thing to find your part in God and follow that part

    • Oke Sharon Munachimso

      Being a born-again Christian and pursuing his acting career must not have been easy for Bruce Marchiano as he said that he lost a lot of followers and he had some set-backs in his journey. All glory to God for making him an instrument of his ministration and making him represent him while in this world. I pray God gives us the same grace as Bruce to partake in his passion and lead a holy life. Amen

  • This is an interesting story. It takes the closeness to be like God and emulate his ways.

  • Ezenwa Miracle Joy

    When it becomes a man’s heart cry to reveal Christ in his little way God helps him do so. That’s what I see in the life of this actor. He didn’t want to misinterpret the role of our Lord Jesus and was diligent in seeking Christ’s way, therefore God changed his being and brought him into destiny. Lord, it’s you will that I reveal you to this world, help me do do. So help me God. Amen!

  • Okorie Divinefavour Nkechinyere

    We should use our talents to bring souls into God’s kingdom.

  • Blessing Baralatei

    It is very interesting learning about new things . I’m not a Christian. I was born into an ECK family . My teachings are also very relatable and pure . I wasn’t to informed about the Christian category but with this fun information about a man who acted as Jesus for the longest is interesting and educating . I will look for the movies to watch and learn more . I love adventures and I love to have a knowledge on this . Thank you very much ma

  • Onyenekwe Ihechi Prince

    Sir Bruce Marchiano chose the best path. His story has taught me to have a better vibrant relationship with the Lord, using my gifts to His glory. Thank you for sharing, Ma.

  • Kamsy Mbamalu

    Being christ-like is not easy. Like Bruce said he made effort not to overdo it and I feel that is what counts.
    And as we make efforts to be like christ, we should back it up with prayer. He would see us through

  • Olehi Uju Christiana

    If one does not first carry Jesus, one cannot act like Jesus. You can only succeed in the field He has called you to work in when you are intimately acquainted with Him, and you cannot be intimately acquainted with Him unless you have a close relationship with Him. God bless you, mum, and thank you for your excellent exposition.

  • Onuoha Augusta

    Very interesting story.God bless you ma.

  • Uderika onyinyechi gift

    Marchiano rightly said, we all would stand before God and give an account of all that we did with the gifts/talents he gave us. This should be a guiding principle for us Christians. Bruce indeed emulated the Lord our God both on and off the screen

  • Nwachinemere Oham

    Born again actors actually play the best Jesus roles in movies.

  • Ezenwanne Chisom Akunna

    You can’t represent Jesus if you are not first like him because I believe acting the role would be difficult . Love is God and God love for us is very patient giving us times and chances to repent . Thank you ma for taking your time to write this message .

  • Glory Odogwu

    I got to understand better about marchiano, a born again Christian who plays the role of Jesus Christ.
    In the above light, I also got to realize how important it was for marchiano playing the role of jesus Christ and how he tries to portray properly , Christ’s intentions.

  • Utazi Ogochukwu Immaculata

    So interesting, let’s try hard to be born again christians

  • Chukwuebuka Joseph Uzochukwu

    This is a fascinating story. I am deeply blessed, ma. May God enable us to use our respective endeavours to exalt and extol Him.

  • Happiness Simon

    A very interesting one. I pray that God will continue to guide us and direct our path.❤️

  • Omolola Akande

    I really don’t think words would be able to express what is in my heart but all I want to say is thank God for the men that yields themselves to being used by God.

  • Madukwem Ebube Sharon Oghenetegiri

    This is a very inspiring story. You have to be born again in other to be able to portray the character of Christ.

  • Will ifeanyi

    Reliance on God’s direction will make everything to definitely work for us.
    Imagine if Bruce Marchiano failed to listen to God’s instruction…?

  • Sunday chibuike

    To live like Christ we need the grace of God that passet all human understanding. I pray for this grace to live a holy life that is well pleasing unto his name, Amen. A master piece here mar, I learnt alot

  • Braide kenneth victor

    Just like bruce, as christians we are supposed to be God-personified meaning that God’s nature should reflect in whatever we do.

  • Okoh Stephanie Chinenye

    From what I understood, to act exactly like Christ we have to be Christ but that’s Impossible for us because we are humans and we are not perfect like Christ Jesus so we have to do only what we have been asked to do by him through gifts and talents given to us by him. I pray God gives us to strength to do his will, amen.

  • Bibian

    When we go on our knees, God lifts us up.
    This man always went down on his knees before any shoot. He knew the perception of the world towards Christ depended on him.
    His choice of career is o e to be reckoned with. He would do anything for Christ and the gospel including giving up a big career to join the high school’s.
    Through him, God showed that indeed all who obey him shall not be forgotten.

  • Ejim Juliet Ifechukwu

    Most people only read about Jesus in books or hear about his goodness from stories and preachings in church. It is a good thing that his life was showcased in many movies about Him. These movies help to really understand how he suffered for us and how truly he cares about us.

  • Destiny

    This is an interesting message , it shows that we are called to serve in one way or the other , we have different gifts of the spirit and the ability of one to understand his own role to play as a Christian will make a way for him /her .

  • Oshen uke Gift

    This is very inspiring ma, I was moved when I read about him using his Gift to preach Jesus. The fact that he said he can be counted on when it has to do with bringing Jesus to life is beautiful. I am inspired by marchiano’s story.

  • Ugwunweze Osmund Ogugua

    I am happy that he was born again which made him reflect to God.

  • Ugwu Samuel Chidera

    I pray God give me an encounter just like this man that will change my life forever

  • Ugwu Samuel Chidera

    Constant remembrance and reflection on Gods part would enable us know him more.

  • Anita Ilechie

    Wow, the fact that he was putting effort to understand what he was given little did he know it was God’s pla that he met him along the way. The way God set things out for people to notice him. What an amazing turning point.

  • Amah Victoria Chiamaka

    It is essential to live a Christ- like life. Reflecting His life in us which enables us to enjoy in His glory.

  • Ekene Emmanuella kosisochi

    This story portrays how God uses his people to win more souls for through different ways. You do not have to be a holy man, Reverend father, pastor or Reverend sister to do the work of God. You can spread God’s love and word in your own honest way. Thank you ma for enlighten us on this story.

  • Ebube Leonardo

    Love this story!I’m glad he became born again and that made him reflect God easily.Thank God for his life.

  • Harrison Nnamdi Ogbonna

    Waw! This is surely amazing! Following and serving the Almighty God is never a mistake!

  • Odo Faith Chinecherem

    “The passion of Christ” it always makes me emotional,we become and reflect His glory and being born again makes it faster as can be seen in the life of Marchiano.Very inspiring story ma.

  • Ifeanyi Nwanegbo

    People who try to act like God gain nothing, but people who have God in them and follow him wholeheartedly gain a lot.

  • Odoabuchi Joy Ngozika

    It is the effect the Lord has upon a man’s inner life that he lives out.

  • Robinson Mercy

    Truly acting Jesus is a hard task, I’m glad he found his niche sort of and he’s good at it.

  • Chukwuebuka Joseph Uzochukwu

    Personally I feel that how we act most times tends to give a vivid picture of who we really are. Viewing Marchiano’s acting in movies and his character in real life, there’s an almost flawless relatedness meaning acting as Jesus had a positive effect on him as he had a better understanding of God.

  • Ajomiwe Chiamaka

    A beautiful read! Playing is one thing, living the life is entirely another thing. May God help us to know Him for ourselves.

  • Chukwuebuka Adikankwu

    We should try as much as possible to get people to give their life’s to Christ.

  • Juliet

    We should try and fill purposes which God has placed us on earth to do, this should be our focus.
    when we are born again and spirit filled reflecting God is easier. Before we can be an example to others.

  • Nelly otoko

    It’s amazing how Bruce Marchiano’s faith shines through in his portrayal of Jesus. His deep understanding of the character he is playing and his commitment to prayer and studying the Bible sets him apart from other actors who have played the role. It’s inspiring to see someone use their talents in a way that can positively impact others and bring them closer to God.

  • Ogbodo chiamaka

    Wow, Bruce Marchiano’s dedication to portraying Jesus with authenticity and sincerity is truly inspiring. It’s evident that he takes his role seriously and strives to bring the true heart and nature of Jesus to the screen. I hope his performances continue to impact and bless audiences around the world.

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