• by Kirk Gaw

Celebrating Easter Weekend On TV

For those celebrating Easter in the Walkerton Area, it's possible to have Jesus in your heart besides at the many Church services and events. Easter Egg Hunts will take place for the kids between Walkerton, North Liberty, and Koontz Lake. And then there is you. Get all of the Easter stories when you celebrate at home on your TV screens all weekend long!

Easter rural scene from Southwestern St. Joseph County as photographed by Anita Shipley.

This Sunday, singers John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper will take the stage in NBC's stripped-down production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live (8 ET/PT). If you're seeking even more faith-based entertainment, these divine movies and TV specials might be the answer to your prayers:

'The Greatest Story Ever Told'

Saturday, TCM, 8 ET/PT

Swedish legend Max von Sydow plays the Messiah in this four-hour 1965 drama, which tracks Jesus' life from the Nativity through the Resurrection. Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston and Claude Rains co-star, while John Wayne, Sidney Poitier and Angela Lansbury also make appearances.

Max von Sydow, left, and John Wayne in a scene from "The Greatest Story Ever Told."

'Killing Jesus'

Saturday, National Geographic, 8 ET/PT

Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) headline this 2015 adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best-selling non-fiction book, which examines the political and historical conflicts that led to Jesus' execution by the Romans.

Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate, left, and Rufus Sewell as Caiaphas, right, in National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Jesus.'

Southwestern St. Joseph County Easter scenery photographed by Anita Shipley.

'The Ten Commandments'

Saturday, ABC, 8 ET/PT

Nominated for seven Academy Awards including best picture, this 3½-hour 1956 epic follows Moses (Heston) in his quest to free the Israelites from Egypt and lead them to Canaan. Come for the plagues, stay for the parting of the Red Sea.

Charlton Heston in 'The Ten Commandments.'

'Heaven Is for Real'

Sunday, Lifetime, 8 ET/PT

A box-office wonder with $91.4 million, this 2014 family drama centers on the 4-year-old son (Connor Corum) of a pastor (Greg Kinnear) who claims to have experienced heaven during emergency surgery. Adapted from Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent's 2010 best seller.

Kelly Reilly, Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum in 'Heaven Is For Real.'

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