This is the weekend Christians commemorate the arrest, death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.
While you rest from the hustle and bustle of the week, we give you SIX Jesus-themed films that you should try and see before work resumes on Tuesday next week.
Some of the films are new – as new as 2016 – while some others are oldies.
Put up your feet and have some fun.
Passion of the Christ
In this version of Christ’s crucifixion, based on the New Testament, Judas expedites the downfall of Jesus (Jim Caviezel) by handing him over to the Roman Empire’s handpicked officials. To the horror of his mother, Mary (Maia Morgenstern), Magdalen (Monica Bellucci), whom he saved from damnation, and his disciples, Jesus is condemned to death. He is tortured as he drags a crucifix to nearby Calvary, where he is nailed to the cross. He dies, but not before a last act of grace.
Initial release: 25 February 2004
Director: Mel Gibson
Producers: Mel Gibson, Stephen McEveety, Bruce Davey
Jesus of Nazareth
Director Franco Zeffirelli’s 1977 film about the life of Christ begins with the wedding of Mary and Joseph and continues through the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
First episode date: 27 March 1977
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroad when he’s tasked to investigate the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) following the Crucifixion. Accompanied by trusted aide Lucius (Tom Felton), his quest to disprove rumours of a risen Messiah makes him question his own beliefs and spirituality. As his journey takes him to places never dreamed of, Clavius discovers the truth that he’s been seeking.
Initial release: 19 February 2016
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Producers: Paul Aiello, Patrick Aiello, Pete Shilaimon, Mickey Liddell
Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. Heston finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.
Initial release: 18 November 1959
Director: William Wyler
The Last Temptation of Christ
Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) – despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the saviour of mankind torments Jesus throughout his life, leading him to doubt. As he is put to death on the cross, Jesus is tempted by visions of an ordinary life married to Mary Magdalene (Barbara Hershey).
Initial release: 12 August 1988
Director: Martin Scorsese
King of Kings
In this reenactment of the life of Jesus Christ, when word spreads throughout Judea that the son of God is to be born in Bethlehem, King Herod demands that all infants be killed. Mary (Siobhan McKenna) steals away with her young son, Jesus, who grows up preaching, performing miracles and acquiring devotees. One of Jesus’ (Jeffrey Hunter) followers, Judas (Rip Torn), betrays him, and he is sentenced to crucifixion. But Jesus has always known of his fate and has prepared himself for death.