Christians commemorate the last week of Jesus on Earth throughout the Holy Week. During that time, my parents turn on the television and play a few religious movies that help deepen our faith in the Lord. Surely, many have been enthused by the selfless deeds and lessons represented in these movies. I hope it will be the same for all of you reading this!
5 Fascinating Films You Can Watch This Holy Week
5. Heaven Is For Real (2014)
Based on a real life experience, Heaven Is for Real is about a young boy, Colton Burpo, who was a witness to Christ when he was submitted to surgery. Every time I get a load of this motion picture, the message gets clearer and more comprehensible. I get to focus on the different stories brought together as well. One question continues to linger in my mind while and after watching Heaven Is For Real, “Is heaven for real?” Yes, we catch glimpses of heaven around us. The people around us are proofs that heaven is for real. Their simple acts of kindness say a lot about heaven. As the prayer goes, “…Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.”
4. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
This showed how deep Jesus’ love is for all of us as He sacrificed His precious life to save us! It covered the remaining 12 hours in Jesus’ life. I’ve watched this film a couple of times and it never fails to melt my heart. We all know Judas Iscariot. He was the one who traded Jesus Christ to the officials for thirty silver coins. And of course, we all know how it feels like to be betrayed by someone we cared for. But, isn’t it difficult to forgive him and just forget about everything he did? It must have been difficult for Jesus to carry all the weight to save us all. He even suffered before He ascended into heaven.
3. God’s Not Dead (2014)
Josh Wheaton had to convince his atheist professor that God is not dead. I personally recommend this to my fellow teens who are too busy to find their way back to God. With or without a friend by your side, God will be with you until the end.
2. Son of God (2014)
John, the Lord’s disciple, spoke about the story of Jesus Christ – when He was born of the Virgin Mary until He ascended into heaven. At the end of the movie, an older John comes in and proclaims that all of the disciples have vanished except him. He was exiled to live alone on a deserted island until he dies.
1. The Nativity Story (2006)
Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor at that time, urged every man and his family across the Roman Empire must come back to his place of birth for the census. Joseph was forced to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of this. It took them four weeks to reach Bethlehem wherein no inn or home was available. There was, however, a stable that was offered by the innkeeper.
Through the years, mankind has created varying interpretations or versions of the life of Jesus Christ that are based on the infallible source: the Bible. These motion pictures garnered a mix of positive and negative opinions from the Christian audience. No one knows for sure what His exact appearance is or the accurate setting, but in the end, these can help you restore your faith in Jesus. I trust that we all remember what the Holy Week is truly about and it’s not just for vacations out of the country! Don’t forget Him!
Can you recommend other movies to watch this Holy Week, mainly for families?
“For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.…”
– Romans 5:7-9