Best Easter Movie Clip

If you’re like me, you’ve seen a hundred different movie clips used around the time of Easter. Some are good… some are a stretch.

Funny, after all these years, my favorite is still this one from Ben Hur. (And don’t miss- I link our free discussion guide with small group questions and scripture below.)


You might think, “Old film. It won’t grab young people’s attention today.” Wrong. I’ve used this with middle school audiences, high school audiences (kids who weren’t church kids). I’ve always found this clip to do a fantastic job presenting a glimpse of who Christ is. Here’s why:

1. It’s a Jesus scene that’s actually well done! (Not many of those. But hey… this is Charlton Heston. I expect nothing less than amazing!)

2. It’s subtle.

3. It shows Jesus’ balance of compassion and power. (I love how that guard backs off.)

Great clip! We actually have a MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSION on our web site using this clip, complete with small group questions, scripture and a wrap up. You could even use this after Easter, introducing it by saying, “So we just celebrated Easter. Let’s take a look at the meaning behind this holiday.”

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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