The Heart of the Easter Story
The Easter Story is at the heart of the Gospel; it concerns the death of Christ for our sins and His resurrection. I Corinthians 15:3-5 says “…For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve.…”
The Easter Story also concerns those who received Him and became His disciples. John 1:11-13 says, “…He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God — children born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God.…”
The Case for Christ
These events and experiences are also at the heart of many of the best and enduring movies and television programs that individuals, families, and churches can enjoy all year round.
Just in time for Palm Sunday and Easter, one of the best movies based on real events and the Truth that sets us free comes to theaters. The captivating, dramatic narrative of the new movie The Case for Christ is based on the true story of the award-winning journalist and avowed atheist Lee Strobel, and takes place in 1980 when his investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. At the same time his career was taking off, his home life became a battle zone when his wife Leslie – who had been an agnostic – found faith in Christ.
Applying his well-honed journalistic and legal skills, Lee set out on a mission to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife. The result was unexpected and life-altering.
The Case for Christ opens for wide release in theaters April 7th. This is a must-see film for everyone who has ever pondered the existence of God, or the evidence related to the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lee, who earned a law degree from Yale Law School, used his legal experience and training as a former courtroom analyst to thoroughly study and build a case to discredit the deity of Jesus. Employing historical, personal, and medical records of evidence of the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, Lee “cross-examined” a dozen leading experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, who are recognized authorities in their fields. His careful research and scrutiny led him to stunning conclusions and results.
The backstory of the skeptic and the facts he researched fills movie theaters as The Case for Christ becomes an exclusive cinema event with the movie and a following Q & A with Lee and Leslie Strobel, as well with as principals involved in the production of this project. Tickets for this one-night event are available online at Fathom Events. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website. In addition to seeing the film and participating in the live Q&A, ticket purchasers will also receive a free download of the first two chapters of The Case for Christ book. This movie is the top pick for older children through adults for the Easter Season this year for excellent seasonal content and artistry.
Movies that celebrate the heart of the Easter Story
There are many other excellent recent movies and television series that involve Easter events and experiences. You, your family, and your church can enjoy films like The Bible, Son of God, AD the Bible Continues, The Gospel of Mark, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Luke (The Lumo Project), Ben Hur, Risen, The Passion of the Christ, The Jesus Film, Jesus of Nazareth: The Complete Mini Series, and many more.
Movies with the heart of the Easter Story and the Gospel can be shown for individual and family enrichment, outreach and more. Licenses at minimal cost are now available to show movies in churches for youth events, family nights, or outreach events.
Resources for the best recommendations, reviews of Gospel-centered movies include the following: Movieguide ®, Focus on the Family’s Plugged In, Dove, Sonoma Christian Home, and Fruit in the Desert.
Dr. Diane Howard is a frontline journalist known for exclusive interviews with leading figures in artistic, redemptive media. She has been involved in decades of qualitative and quantitative research on the verifiable power of role models. She also serves as talent and as a dialogue, dialect, voice-over coach. A former Professor of Performance, Media, and Film Studies with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies (College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin), she has been involved in multiple aspects of artistic, redemptive communication media, regionally to internationally. She can be found online at dianehoward.com.
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