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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 Roman Trial
So they led Jesus away and handed him over to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. As it was the Passover the Jews remained outside the Roman palace, so as to avoid making themselves unclean before the feast. Pilate came out to see them.

Pilate: Yes? What is it?
Caiaphas: We bring you a dangerous revolutionary, sir. We just want you to put him to death.
Pilate: For what crime?
Caiaphas: Inciting revolution.
Pilate: Be more specific! How?
Caiaphas: Stirring up the people, talking about the Jewish kingdom and claiming to be the new Messiah.
Pilate: The Messiah? Fascinating… Let’s have a look at this new god. Hmm. Doesn’t look too dangerous to me. Judge him in your own court. He looks harmless enough. I’m busy, I have a province to run.
Caiaphas: He opposes paying taxes to Caesar.
Pilate: Taxes?
Caiaphas: Yes. And he claims to be king.



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