He has risen

Today is an important chapter in the Christian faith, as we celebrate that Jesus has been resurrected. After an unfair trial, he suffered on the cross for our sins and joined our almighty father in heaven – only to come back to visit his disciples, asking that they spread the gospels.

As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin, and death. It is the singular event that proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.

Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God’s promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

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Every Easter, since my heart failure, I spend some extra moments thanking the Lord for my opportunity to stay with my family. I’m sure there is a lot more to accomplish. We have a precious time on earth, so let’s make sure we make it worthwhile before we finally arrive home.

I’m not ready to go home yet. I love time with my wife and kids while spreading positive vibes with people around me. Or, I at least try.

We do not have to spread the exact word of Jesus, but if we share his promise of love and compassion, then his messages will go out to more people. Seeing people respond and interact with kindness is truly a wonderful thing.

My wife has made it a beautiful tradition to watch moves about Jesus around Christmas and Easter. Here are a few great movies to watch with your family.

Jesus of Nazareth, mini-series (1977)

This is similar to “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” although it is more than six hours long. It tells the story and life of Jesus, from before he was conceived, his childhood, and his adult life – Nativity to the Crucifixion. It spends more time on important topics and gospels and has some powerful scenes as we learn more about his disciples, his teachings, and why many were scared about his claims. I recommend watching this over several days, sharing a chapter with your family, leading up to his final moments.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

It is a classic epic film starring Max von Sydow, Charles Heston, and Sidney Poitier. You witness a wondrously recreating the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem to his baptism by John, the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper, and finally his death, burial, and resurrection.

Risen (2016)

“Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a Roman soldier, Clavius. He is a powerful Roman Military Tribune who is tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Ten Commandments (1956)

Perhaps not the story about Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion, but still a very important movie and story to be shared with your family. Moses was saved by the Pharaoh’s daughter, Rameses I, who had sent out orders to kill all the Hebrews’ first-born boys. He had rumors that a powerful boy was born who would threaten him. Moses grew up under Sethi’s rule (Rameses I’s son) and was taking in as an adopted son, much to Rameses II’s dismay. Moses is cast out of Egypt after his Hebrew heritage is discovered and makes his way across the desert. During his travels, God presents him with the Ten Commandments and is asked to go back to Egypt to free the Hebrew slaves.

The Passion of Christ (2004)

The movie is not suited for young children or people who are faint of heart. It is a very graphical story about the last 12 hours of Jesus’s life and shows the torture and violence inflicted on Jesus. Amazingly, the film is portrayed in the biblical Aramaic and Latin languages with subtitles in English. You will be moved emotionally when you witness the suffering Jesus Christ endured before and during the crucifixion.

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