This Easter, there are a handful of newer films that would be excellent choices to watch with your family and loved ones (aside from old standards like The Ten Commandments featuring Charlton Heston). While nothing replaces reading the Gospels to better understand your faith and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, films do have a way of communicating the Gospel story narrative in new ways, especially to kids and those who may not yet fully grasp the power of the life of Jesus Christ.
Here are three films to watch this Easter as you prepare to celebrate:
The Case for Christ
The captivating, dramatic narrative of the 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.
Jesus: His Life on The History Channel
Jesus: His Life explores the story of Jesus Christ through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene, and Peter.
Each figure takes a turn guiding viewers through the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death, and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts.
Jesus: His Life brings viewers into this dramatic world to reveal the greatest story ever told. The series premieres two episodes back-to-back weekly beginning on Monday, March 25 at 8pm ET/PT, with the finale airing just before Easter.
LUMO is a groundbreaking, multi-language biblical resource that was created to transform the way in which people engage, discover, and study the life of Jesus through the Gospels, and to resource ministries seeking to promote global biblical literacy. LUMO is available on YouTube and has been translated into many other languages to share the story of the life of Jesus Christ around the world.
Other Easter Films
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 PluggedIn, Dove Movie Reviews, Sonoma Christian Home, and Fruit in the Desert.