Summary: The crucifixion must have been devastating to Jesus' followers and the resurrection…well…that must have been scary and exhilarating at the same time. And it all happened so fast! It didn’t give them much time to process in their minds what was happening.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
So many of us are overly comfortable with the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection that we have a hard time understanding what it was like for those who experienced it as it was happening. How would you have liked to have been one of Jesus’ disciples or followers? The crucifixion must have been devastating to them and the resurrection…well…that must have been scary and exhilarating at the same time. And it all happened so fast! It didn’t give them much time to process in their minds what was happening.
Let’s pretend that we are moving through those three days with an unknown follower of the Master. Try to experience what he is experiencing. Can you see him in your mind?
Where have they gone? Where are the people? They were here listening, just yesterday. Listening to the Teacher. They called Him Master. Where are they now?
What are those noises? It sounds like shouting – awful shouting, and whips. What is that horrible noise? I must find out what is happening over there. I must get closer. I’ll watch from here.
The people…lots and lots of people shouting and sneering. What are they sneering at? It…it looks like a man. Oh, no…the Master…the man they called Master. What are they doing to Him? Closer, I must get closer…How could they? How COULD they? He has blood dripping…dripping all down His face. Why don’t they stop that horrible sneering? I can’t stand it! What’s wrong with those people? He taught such beautiful things. He taught us love. He taught us caring. He taught us humility. He taught us God. Why? Why are they doing that to Him? I can’t bear to watch.
Footsteps. They’re coming closer. I must hide. There must be many of them. I’ll watch from here.
A cross. Oh, please, no! Not a cross…not for Him! Why? All He did was sit on a stone and teach us. All He did was love us. All He did was heal us. All He did was make us know happiness. All He did was love…
He is so weary. He is so…He’s fallen! Someone – help Him! Help Him! Thank goodness someone’s helping.
I’ll follow and watch. I’ll follow behind the others. Maybe they won’t notice me. Maybe they won’t know I listened. Maybe they won’t know I believed Him. I must find out why all this is happening.
The guards. They are so rough and cruel. They are always shouting. They are always beating Him.
Not nails – not NAILS! No. I can’t stand the pounding. Stop it! Somebody stop the pounding!
Blood on the ground – why? Why have they done this? Those guards are so cruel. They continue to shout at Him. Don’t they know he is suffering? Don’t they know how much He must hurt? All He did was love us. That’s all. Why don’t they understand? All he did was love us.
(Off stage) “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Father – forgive them? Forgive them? HOW CAN HE SAY THAT? How can He say that when they’ve done this to Him? Nails and yelling and blood and a cross! How can He SAY that?