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Why “The Passion of the Christ” Is My Favorite Easter Movie

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31KsJdChyLI

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

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23 Comments

  1. morethanideserve

    Posted by morethanideserve on April 21, 2014 at 16:54

    This is probably one of my favorite movies, but I watch this on Good Friday (but sometimes the resurrection scene on Easter). My family always watches Ben Hur together 🙂

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Katerina on September 2, 2012 at 10:50

    I’ve only seen this once but it had such a huge impact on me… It was like, “Really, God? Um, dunno what exactly You had in mind, but I’m totally not worth this…” It also reminded me of what characters in the Chronicles of Narnia say about Aslan – ‘He is not a tame lion.’

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Cici on June 6, 2012 at 10:13

    I just finished watching the whole movie on Youtube a couple of minutes ago… It is so sad! But I finally saw how much love he had to give after the way the people treated him… I am so thankful! <3

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Cici on June 6, 2012 at 05:43

    I really want to watch this movie but sadly I’m not old enough. >:( Hopefully I will be able to when I get older!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeStillAndBreath98 on April 30, 2012 at 17:02

    I cry like a baby when I watch this movie I keep saying “He did this for us?!?!?” and cry some more.It alot to take in but it happend.

  6. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on April 28, 2012 at 12:30

    my youth group’s high school Bible study watched it the Tuesday after Palm Sunday,i believe,and before the flogging was over,i had to leave the room,i had to. i was in tears and needed to calm down. it was that bad. the movie itself is amaizing,and the message is definitly clear,i just don’t think i could watch it again.

  7. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on April 7, 2012 at 10:37

    I finally saw this movie for the first time! I viewed it with my Mom at my church. I didn’t think it would make me cry, but it did. Note to self and others: when viewing this movie, bring tissues! Lol. It was a very good movie.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by TFaulders on April 7, 2012 at 08:50

    I agree with you. “I’m reminded of the extent our Lord Jesus Christ suffered for our sake and our salvation. I make time to watch Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” every Lent. We have no idea how much the Lord suffered for us and how much He loves us.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Tomokochan on April 7, 2012 at 05:09

    Interesting! I’m g=lad that you liked the movie. We watched it in my Bible class in school, and I was not allowed, because I’m super squeamish, and there’s so much blood 0.o I think it’s an amazing spiritual experience for those who can handle it, though. I watch Godspell instead, haha. Same story, no blood. And with singing! I love Godspell : )

    • morethanideserve

      Posted by morethanideserve on April 21, 2014 at 16:56

      although, godspell does have some pretty messed up theology in it and I felt like It made fun of Jesus…

  10. ams7298

    Posted by ams7298 on April 5, 2012 at 18:55

    And the crazy part about it is, even this movie, in all of its graphic parts, does not even come close to what he actually suffered. The Bible says he was beaten so much, that you wouldn’t even be able to reconize him as a human being!

    • morethanideserve

      Posted by morethanideserve on April 21, 2014 at 16:58

      Yeah, and it also didn’t really show how bad it really was because not only did jesus hav physical suffering, he was also separated from God, so he basically endured Hell for us on the cross.

    • ams7298

      Posted by ams7298 on April 5, 2012 at 18:57

      We have an amazing God!

  11. Paris

    Posted by Paris on April 3, 2012 at 20:08

    My favorite movie of all time is Passion of the Christ. I love it. All I can say is,Sweet Jesus.

  12. jones.dana46

    Posted by jones.dana46 on April 3, 2012 at 15:33

    Going to see it tonight!

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Cillee on April 3, 2012 at 08:50

    I can’t handle the graphicness of movies like that, but there are other movies that depict Jesus’ life very well without the difficult parts. My new favorite is Godspell 🙂

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by xALIYAH on April 3, 2012 at 07:42

    PASSION OF THE CHRIST XD touching movie. i have watched this when i was young.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by Christ4life on April 3, 2012 at 06:48

    I LOVE this movie! Amazing acting/actors, it really captures everything the bible said about that moment! in my opinion this movie desevers a academy award!

  16. Dreamer

    Posted by Dreamer on April 3, 2012 at 05:21

    My friends school is doing the Passion Play. I’ve been told that it’s really very good. Guess I’ll find out!

  17. nmc111

    Posted by nmc111 on April 2, 2012 at 18:18

    this is also my favorite movie and i like it for the same reasons you do. its my parents favorite easter movie as well. but unlike them, i dont cry. i just sit in awe and wonder why someone would do something like that for me. its both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

  18. jruff88

    Posted by jruff88 on April 2, 2012 at 16:56

    I’m watching this for the first time at youth group tomorrow!