The Cross: Jesus in China

DVD Release: September 1, 2010
The Cross: Jesus in China


This documentary, The Cross: Jesus in China, portrays the little known history of a remarkable people; it is the turbulent 50 year history of Chinese Christians on screen!

For the first time, the history of Christianity in China, especially within the House-Church movement, is given in an honest and comprehensive account. The film answers the question raised by many people outside China: how did the number of Chinese Christians increase from 700,000 in 1949 to approximately 70 million today despite communist control?

Using live footage and interviews, the film captures the true stories of many people and seeks to answer the most common questions: how does the Chinese government deal with Chinese Christians and vice-vice-versa? How have Chinese Christians developed, survived and grown? What kind of people are they, what influence have they had and will they have on Chinese society?

Seeds of Blood: Follows the bloody footprints of the Chinese missionaries of the older generation after the Boxer Rebellion, particularly in the past fifty years. This episode tells the stories of Mingdao Wang, John Sung, Watchman Nee, Allen Yuan, Samuel Lamb, Moses Xie, Yang Xinfei, and Epaphras.

The Bitter Cup: It abounds with compelling testimonies by missionaries of the younger generation. Their dedication, suffering, faithfulness, and thanksgiving have led to an unprecedented revival of the Chinese Christian Church.

The Spring of Life: This part recounts the rebirth that the Gospel has brought to a broad spectrum of people in modern China. Included are testimonies from farmers, students, officials, criminals, orphans, actors, writers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

The Canaan Hymns: This section tells the amazing story of a farm girl, Xiaomin, who was a high school dropout with no musical training, yet by the power of the Holy Spirit, she created more than one thousand hymns.

Cross: Jesus in China has been translated into 18 languages and has recently been selected as material for a “Faith and Globalization” seminar conducted by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Yale University.

Dove Review

This is a fantastic DVD set (two discs) which focuses on the trials of Chinese Christians in China. Many of them share testimonies about being imprisoned for their faith, some for twenty years and more, of torture and being persecuted to forsake their faith. The DVD opens with the story of the Boxer Rebellion and how 236 western missionaries and 23,000 Chinese Christians were killed. And it features many who were straddling the fence in their beliefs until they saw the stand so many Christians took, and they converted as they realized there must be something to it if people were willing to go to jail and die for their faith.

Despite the efforts of a communist government, and one of its leaders, Mao Zedong, the faith continues stronger today in China than at any other time. The cross of Christ and seeds of blood and the bitter cup are among the topics of this vividly illustrated DVD. The DVD does include some photos of corpses of dead Christians, and an image of Christ on the cross, in addition to photos of subjects such as Christians being shackled for their faith. Due to these reason, the DVD set is recommended for ages twelve plus. However, many families will be fine with their children a bit under the age of twelve viewing this story of a persecuted yet triumphant people. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD set.

Content Description

Sex: A comment about lowering of morals and a woman is shown dancing in skimpy clothing.
Language: None
Violence: Christians are seen in photos in shackles; some photos of people throwing rocks; a few photos of Christian corpses in repose and of Mao Zedong in death are seen; Christians speak of the torture they endured; an image of a live actor playing Christ on the cross with nails in his hands and a little blood; painting of Christ on cross; scars shown on boy's back from being stabbed.
Drugs: Some comments about those who use drugs but turn to God in disc two.
Nudity: Skimpy clothing shown in disc two.
Other: The communists and atheists' treatment of Christians; worship services are seen; talk of Jesus and the cross; Christian testimonies and songs; one young man says he believes his parents hated him and that his mom denied he was her son.


Company: China Soul for Christ Fdt.
Genre: Religion
Runtime: 240 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter