*Any part of this is available for use; just copy and paste. Feel free to add or subtract from this. It can be used whole or as a starting point. Songs may be interspersed throughout, if desired. I suggest only one instrumental: a hammer. Spoken parts are broken into groups: Chorus 1, 2, etc; those can be interpreted as individuals or small groups. “Chorus” without a number following it indicates the whole group.
Scripture references are provided at various points throughout should you wish to easily change references.
Instrument: the sound of a hammer, pounding a spike.
Three members of the chorus. ONE on the left, TWO in the middle, THREE on the right.
ONE: An overnight trial
THREE: Hate on every side
CHORUS: His compassionate ministry would inevitably lead to
TWO: “Father, forgive them.
CHORUS: They don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
TWO: He was crucified with two criminals on Golgotha—
ONE:…one on the right
THREE:…and one on the left.
ONE: Aren’t you the Messiah? Don’t you claim to be God? Save yourself from this! Save all three of us!
THREE: We are all going to die—and you’re mocking God? You and I are being punished for our crimes—but He hasn’t committed any crimes at all. Jesus—please—remember me when you enter your Kingdom?
TWO: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
CHORUS 1: Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
CHORUS 2: When Jesus saw his mother there, and his disciple John nearby, he said to her:
CHORUS 3: Woman, this is your son.’
CHORUS 2: Then he said to the disciple:
CHORUS 3: ‘This is your mother.’ (John 19:26-27)
CHORUS 2: At noon, when the sun should have been brightest, a deep darkness came and covered the whole land.
CHORUS 3: In the third hour of this darkness, those present heard Jesus call out:
CHORUS 1: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matt. 27:45)
ONE: Is this what it is to be without God?
THREE: Endless blackness?
CHORUS 1: Knowing that everything had now been finished so that Scripture was fulfilled, Jesus said:
CHORUS 2: I am thirsty. (John 19:28)
CHORUS 3: A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
CHORUS 1: When Jesus had received the wine, he said,
TWO: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46)
CHORUS: It is FINISHED! (John 19:30)
TWO: …and he bowed his head and breathed His last.
CHORUS 1: And the earth shook!
CHORUS 2: the rocks split!
CHORUS 3: tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life!
CHORUS 1: The curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom.
CHORUS 2: It was finished!
Three more chorus members.
FOUR: And he was buried,
FIVE: –and guarded
SIX: –just in case he would come back from the dead, like he had said.
FOUR: Three days later, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene
FIVE: and Mary went to anoint the body of Jesus.
FOUR: How will we get past the guards? The heavy door?
FIVE: We can only try.
CHORUS: And there was a violent earthquake
SIX: an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and rolled away the heavy tomb door…
FOUR: and sat down on it.
FIVE: The guards were so afraid they fainted.
SIX: Don’t be afraid of me—I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. But He isn’t here! He has risen! Just as He said He would. He is going ahead of you into Galilee!
CHORUS: It is finished! He is risen!
FOUR: So the women hurried away—afraid—
FIVE:–afraid but joyful!
FOUR/FIVE: When Jesus met them!
FOUR: And talked with them!
FIVE: And told them to tell his disciples!
CHORUS: He is risen! He is risen! He is risen!
The End…sort of. 🙂