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Slaughter of the Innocent
Bible Ref: Matthew 26 -27; Mark 14 -15; Luke 22-23; John 18-19

Each of the following sketches (scenes) can be used to form the basis for a complete act of worship or used as individual scenes on separate occasions. Each scene will require a narrator to read the linking text as well as the characters in the scene itself.

List of scenes:
The Jewish Trial
Peter Denies Jesus Three Times
Judas Returns Thirty Pieces of Silver
The Roman Trial
Herod Meets Jesus
Pilate Releases Barabbas
The Crown of Thorns and the Flogging
Jesus is Crucified
The Two Criminals Crucified with Jesus
John and Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Jesus Dies
The Centurion Believes
Joseph of Arimathea Asks for the Body of Jesus
Guards Stationed by Jesus' Tomb

The Two Criminals Crucified with Jesus
The two criminals crucified with Jesus also hurled insults across at him.

Thief: I heard you were the Christ. Is that right? Well? Say something!

Murderer: He can’t say something. Can’t you see? The king of the world’s busy right now – dying like a common criminal!

Thief: Come on, I’ve always wanted to see a miracle – this is my last chance! Turn them Pharisees into salt or something! You can do it. It would brighten my day no end.

Murderer: Don’t listen to him Jesus – you get on and die like the rest of us.

Thief: No! Do listen! You can’t go round telling people you can save them and then just climb on a cross and bleed to death. That’s not right!

Murderer: Shut up – give him a break.

Thief: Why should I? I got nothing else to do up here. Except die.

Murderer: Well, hurry up and do that then. Make the world a better place.

Thief: Jesus – can you hear him? Tell him off. You’re the king, put him in prison he’s giving me a hard time.



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