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Witnesses to the crucifixion | Talk

 
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Today’s heroes are Salome, the beloved disciple and the centurion.

Essential Teachers notes:
Today’s story comes with an option on how to deliver.
Start by gathering the children in a circle and putting as large a cross as you can find in the middle. Explain that today we are going to talk about what happened when Jesus was on the cross. It’s a sad part of Jesus’s story but we know that it’s not the end of Jesus’s story. The witnesses to the event did not know this though!

1. Split the large group into 3 small groups and give each group one of the accounts. Gather and share after 10 minutes of group discussion.
2. As a whole group use three actors to read the three accounts.
3. With older children hand out one of the story cards and have the children read them individually. Give them a moment to be quiet before discussing as a large group. Repeat process with the next character.

Main Passage : Matthew 27, Luke 23, John 19, Mark 15.
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Salome’s Story:

Jesus left after the evening meal, we knew whatever was going to happen would be soon. When one of the disciples finally returned he was alone. Jesus had been arrested. We stood in the streets and heard the whip hit his back, watched as he carried the wooden cross to Golgotha, wearing that stupid crown of thorns. Would he save himself from the cross? Mary, Jesus’s mother and I edged closer and closer, saw him looking at us. 3 hours we waited until he shouted the words ‘it is finished’ Jesus has gone, it’s over. They laid him in a tomb and I went to collect spices to put on his body. It was too late, Sabbath was coming, the spices would have to wait. That Sabbath was so quiet, we were so afraid, we were so lost. Our lives had become all about Jesus and now he was gone.

The beloved disciples’s Story:

Jesus called me the one he loved, but I ran just as fast as the rest of the disciples. I ran when I saw Judas turn up with the crowd of men, ran when I saw their swords. I was scared they would take me too. I didn’t stand up in the court, or plead with Herod or Pilot. For 3 years he was my family and I did nothing. The crowds in Jerusalem were thick with people, I followed at a distance, kept my head down. I saw the men with gold coins for those who shouted crucify and I did nothing. Why am I so afraid? I can see him looking from the cross for his friends. I got near enough to see his mother and the women, I think he wants to say something to me. He tells me that I am to take his mother as my own, she is to take me as a son. Even as he leaves he gives me a new family.

The centurion’s Story:

We got handed this man straight from the steps of Pilots house, he’d been whipped pretty strongly already but he was still standing. Pilot looked irritated, this was the crowds decision not his. It was about half a mile to Golgotha but we didn’t think he’d make it. The crowd were crazy, there were a few weeping but most of them were shouting abuse, spitting in his face. He had this good robe on and a crown of thorns, we gambled the robe and put up a sign saying ‘King of the Jews’. The Jews didn’t like that. He was nailed up to the cross, as the sky went black, it was midday. He didn’t say much up there, and he didn’t last long. But he asked God to forgive us, said we didn’t know what we were doing. When he died I realised this was no ordinary man, we’d killed the son of God.

Today’s heroes are Salome, the beloved disciple and the centurion.
 

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