UP TV launches its “Easter Lives Here” programming event on April 9, Palm Sunday, with the network-TV premiere of the 2014 theatrical feature “Son of God.”
Produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, it’s edited from the New Testament section of the hit 2013 History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” and stars Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus.
From the press release:
“I am so thrilled that Son of God will be playing on television this Easter Season, bringing the amazing story of the life of Jesus right into people’s homes to enjoy together as a family,” said Roma Downey, president, LightWorkers Media.“We are excited to present Son of God during UP’s annual ‘Easter Lives Here’ programming event,” said Sophia Kelley, senior vice president, programming. “As the only network that brings families a celebration of the Easter season, it’s a remarkable film to add to our powerful and inspiring lineup of movies.”
EASTER LIVES HERE PROGRAMMING SLATEPalm Sunday, April 9• The Ten Commandments, 3 p.m. ET• Son of God (Network Television Premiere), 7 p.m. ET & 12 a.m. ET• The Passion of the Christ, 10 p.m. ETHoly Thursday, April 13• Son of God, 10 p.m. ETGood Friday, April 14• Son of God, 7 p.m. ET & 12 a.m. ET• The Passion of the Christ, 10 p.m. ETHoly Saturday, April 15• The Ten Commandments, 4 p.m. ET• The Passion of the Christ, 8 p.m. ET & 1 a.m. ET• Son of God, 10 p.m. ETEaster Sunday, April 16• Son of God, 8:30 a.m. ET• Facing the Giants, 11:30 a.m. ET & 9:30 p.m. ET• Fireproof, 2 p.m. ET• Courageous, 4:30 p.m. ET• God’s Not Dead, 7 p.m. ET• Finding Normal, 12 a.m. ET
As far as we know, the apostle Thomas never wrote a Gospel. The writing to which you refer is spurious and was composed by a member of a gnostic sect, probably in the late second century, which explains why it’s not in the Bible. It was discovered, along with many other writings, in 1946 near the village of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. Our version comes to us in Coptic, but there seems to have been a Greek original behind it.…… we’re forced to conclude that the Gospel of Thomas doesn’t compare with the canonical Gospels when it comes to telling us what Jesus really taught.