The Passion of the Christ is one of my all-time favorite movies. Released in 2004 to much controversy, the movie depicts the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. I watch it every Easter.
The “Passion” refers to the sufferings of Jesus, beginning with the conspiracy against Him and including the beatings he endured, all leading up to the crucifixion. The Passion of the Christ was written, directed and funded by Mel Gibson–Hollywood refused to be a part of it. With dialogue in Aramaic and Latin (yes, it has subtitles!), the movie relays the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life and includes His resurrection.
We’re also witness to some snippets of past events, including Jesus’ childhood, Jesus teaching and the Last Supper.
Watch the trailer below:
This movie is R-rated because it’s very graphic. It relays the beating and crucifixion of Christ without holding anything back.
This is a great Easter movie because it evokes in me much-needed sentiments when celebrating the season. The pain, the sadness and the joy is so genuine, and I’m reminded of the extent our Lord Jesus Christ suffered for our sake and our salvation. It’s something I always want to be reminded of because it inspires me to be a better Christian.
I love this movie for so many reasons, but mostly because it reminds me that:
- Easter is about Christ’s resurrection. As a Christian, I’m aware of this, but watching this movie allows me to reflect on what this really means.
- Christ endured suffering beyond our comprehension. To say, “Jesus suffered, died and was buried” is one thing. But this movie brings life to these events. It gives me as close a vision as I’ll ever get of His sacrifice.
- He suffered and died for me. This is so humbling. This movie puts life in perspective for me and makes me want to be better. I know God believes I was worthy of this sacrifice, but I still want to please Him as a way of justifying His awesome love.
- God loves me so much more than I could ever fathom. This movie evokes a feeling of joy at its end that is consuming. God loves me and I am overwhelmed.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:3-5).
What is your favorite Easter movie and why?