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.”