I am a huge fan of Pure Flix. I love the faith-based movies that they have available at any given time, but especially so during Easter. I grew up attending a Protestant church and Easter was always a huge event for our church family.
Easter Traditions: Holy Week
The holy week always began with Palm Sunday where palms would be blessed and handed out to everyone at the beginning of the service to represent the palms that were thrown in front of Jesus on his ride to Jerusalem. We would then take our palms home and hang them on a crucifix or my mother would place them on a painting she had of a young girl walking through the forest alone and scared with Jesus following behind her. They would remain there all year and my mother would then return them to the church the following year to be burned during a ritual on Shrove Tuesday to make the ashes to be used the following day on Ash Wednesday.
As a child growing up, I knew the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and his rising from the dead three days later on what we refer to as Easter Sunday. I’ve read the bible verses, but reading the story is much different from watching. It is one of the reasons that, as an adult, I have always been curious as to what happened during Jesus’ final hours on earth.
The Passion of the Christ
When the movie was originally released in theaters in 2004, I was torn between wanting to see it and not because of the violent nature of the film. It took me 18 years to build up the courage to watch The Passion of the Christ on Pure Flix.
It is a graphic depiction of the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life and encompasses the story of the trial, the beatings, and the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. Truth be told, it brought me to tears. This movie was done from the perspective of Jesus, and what he endured.
The magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice for me, for all of us, is something that will forever stay with me after watching this movie.
Follow with Risen and The Penitent Thief
I decided to follow The Passion of the Christ with the movie Risen which is the story of Clavius, a Roman tribune who is sent to investigate what happened following the execution of Jesus and the disappearance of his body from the tomb three days later. He finds Mary Magdalene who was one of the first to see Jesus after His resurrection and questions her as to where his body is. Clavius soon sees Jesus alive for himself, and bands with the disciples on their journey to receive the Holy Spirit. When he does, Pontius Pilate sends soldiers after him.
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. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Truly a remarkable movie that brought me to tears as well. I then followed up with The Penitent Thief which is the story of two brothers, Dismas and Jotham, who are crucified alongside Jesus. This movie provides a perspective from the men who spent their final moments with Jesus and his forgiveness, unconditional love, and neverending mercy even during his last breath.
Celebrate Easter with Over 60 Movies
Pure Flix is the best place for you to explore these Easter films to help deepen your understanding of this monumental moment in our faith. Pure Flix has put together an amazing selection of movies, over 60, that will help you to rejoice and remember the sacrifices that Jesus made for all mankind. There is even a great selection of films for kids to share the Easter story with even the little ones in your household. A good example for ages 5 to 10 is The Messiah: A Brickfilm which is an animated story using LEGO characters with an emphasis on the Last Supper, the trial and punishment of Jesus, and the crucifixion and resurrection.
Pure Flix Easter Giveaway – 3 Month Subscription
I wish I could offer this giveaway worldwide, but unfortunately, it is only available for residents of the United States, age 18 and older, at this time.
One reader will win a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix. The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 8, 2022.
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Wishing you and yours a very Blessed Easter!