Godless Hollywood? Not when it comes to movies about Jesus, it ain’t.
Jesus has been the subject of probably more movies than anyone in history: Since the first Jesus-centric film was made in 1906 (The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ), more than 100 movies have been made about Jesus, and it was joined by yet another this year: Resurrection, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and airing, even as you read this, on Discovery+.
I had a chance to talk with Downey about her latest movie, and she told me she’d love to see families gather ‘round the television and watch this together, just as she used to watch religious-themed movies with her own family when she was a kid. She and the movie’s other makers wanted Resurrection to be both accurate to the Scriptures and reverent for the viewers—a film that both Christians and the spiritually curious could embrace.
But even the most devout films about Jesus, and the ones that adhere to the Bible most tightly, can still have issues for families to navigate.
First, practically every cinematic treatment of Christ goes a bit beyond Scripture, too—filling in areas that the Gospels don’t elaborate on. And second, there’s the issue of the crucifixion itself—an inherently bloody, torturous moment in the narrative that’s nevertheless absolutely critical to the story. How should viewers, especially families, think about those elements?
We bat that question around in our latest podcast, and we talk about some of our own favorite Jesus films, too. Join us, if you will—and be sure to check out these links to everything we talk about.
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
- Plugged In Review: The Passion of the Christ
- Plugged In Review: Risen
- Plugged In Review: Last Days in the Desert
- Plugged In Review: 40: The Temptation of Christ
- Plugged In Review: The Young Messiah
- Plugged In Review: The Chosen
- Plugged In Review: Resurrection
- Plugged In Review: JESUS
- Plugged In Review: Noah