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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

Judas Returns Thirty Pieces of Silver
At daybreak the chief priests and the teachers of the law met together to decide what to do with Jesus. He was a broken man, bloodied and bruised by the night’s ordeal.

Annas: Tell us, Nazarene, once more for the record – do you still claim to be the Christ?
Jesus: If I say so, who will believe me? Who here will admit I am? But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of God. Annas: Are you then the Son of God? Tell us! Are you? Once and for all - are you?
Jesus: What you say is true.
Annas: Why do we need more evidence? Caiaphas is right. He’s a blasphemer – and the law says kill him. So do I - I say kill him. What did Caiaphas say? Better that one man die for the whole nation – he was right. This is the one man who must die.
Judas: No!



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