Jellybeans & Jesus Movies

It’s Easter Week my friends. As a Christian, this is the week I celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. I don’t know what spiritual beliefs you have, and I am certainly not here to shove my beliefs down your throat, but this is a huge part of my life, and I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about it.

I have been a Christian for a long time. Do I always act like a follower of Jesus? Unfortunately, not. I get caught up in the daily nonsense of life and act like an idiot. Here is the thing though, I do not need to be perfect, I just need to follow Him. Jesus said the two greatest commandments were to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. And I try to do that daily.

But, like I said, I am not here to get up on my soapbox and preach at you. I am here to talk about one of my favorite things to do during this week…eat jellybeans and watch Jesus movies. If you read any of my posts around Christmas then you know I am all about holiday movies. I can watch them all day long…and I do.

You might be sitting here thinking…jellybeans, really? I know they are not as popular as other Easter candy; they are in league with candy corn, I know, but I love me some candy corn too, so there you go. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the chocolate, but I will talk about Easter candy in a later post this week.

Growing up we would sit around the living room and watch “Jesus of Nazareth” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told” as a family. That is where my love of Jesus movies comes from, my mother. There is a funny family story about me…there are several, of course, but this one is appropriate to the subject at hand. My mother had the original soundtrack to “Jesus Christ Superstar” and used to play it all the time. My parents divorced when I was a baby, and my father came over to the house for something. The story goes that in front of everybody, little 3-year-old Tracie says “Jesus Christ”. Everyone is stunned and upset, my father is looking at my mother like what the heck is she teaching me. And then all of a sudden, I sing “superstar” and finish the line from the song. I guess I had to pause for dramatic effect, LOL.

As I have gotten older and more movies about Jesus have come out, I have come up with my own list of movies to watch. I love “Godspell” and watch it every year. My sister always laughs and calls me a hippy, because let’s face it, it is a little out there. But ever since I first saw it, I was hooked. Another one is, of course, “Jesus Christ Superstar”. I watch the older 1973 version and the remake that was done in 2000. The 2000 one was made in London and in my opinion is far superior. I did not watch the latest remake with John Legend.

On Good Friday, I sit down and watch “The Passion of the Christ”. This movie kills me every time. It is so brutally well made. I do not normally cry during movies, but if I were to ever start, it would be watching this movie. A new tradition is to watch “Risen” on Easter Sunday. It shows what might have happened after Jesus is no longer in the tomb. Another favorite show about Jesus is “The Chosen”. It is a multi-season show about the life of Jesus. They have only released 2 seasons with the third on the way. Jesus’ death and resurrection won’t hit until a later season, but it is so good. If you think movies about Jesus are old fashioned and a little dull in acting and action, I totally get it, but check out the free “The Chosen” app, it might change your mind.

My church does not have a Holy Thursday or Good Friday service, but we do have an Easter Sunrise Service on the beach in Waikiki every year. I will spend the rest of the week preparing myself for that day with my jellybeans and Jesus movies. Happy Easter everybody!!!!

***Question for the comments…Do you watch Easter movies? Do you have a favorite one?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

6 thoughts on “Jellybeans & Jesus Movies

  1. Ted Neeley has become Bib Denver and Donna Douglas. In the end, they were all pathetic. Glenn Carter is a MILLION times better than Ted Neeley ever was. Only a few movies this “Jesus Season”. Hopefully I’ll be up for The Passion and Risen. Mel Gibson better get a move on The Passion 2 . You can’t have Jesus be an old man.

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  2. Passion of Christ is a well made movie…it gets me all riled up…I cry…I get angry…I feel all of that and it takes me a while to calm down…Jesus christ superstar is good too!

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