The story of Easter
by Holy Host
HE IS RISEN! HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY!
Matthew 27:27-66 and Matthew 28:1-7 modified and paraphrased from the NIV for dramatic purposes.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
The governor’s soldiers took me into the palace of Pontius Pilate and gathered a whole company of soldiers around me.
They stripped me naked then put a scarlet robe on me, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and pressed it on my head.
They put a staff in my right hand. Then they knelt in front of me and began to mock me. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.
They spit on me, and then they took the staff and struck me on the head again and again. Then they took off the robe and put my own clothes back on me and led me away to be crucified.
I arrive, beaten, battered and mocked at a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There, I was offered wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, I refused to drink it.
When they finally crucified me, they divided up my clothes by casting lots.
Above my head they placed the written charge against me: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Two criminals were crucified along side me, one on my right, and one on my left. Those who passed by hurled insults at me, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”
In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked me. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, then we will believe in him.
He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with me also heaped insults on me.
The Death of Jesus
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. At about three in the afternoon I cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
I cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up my spirit.
The Burial of Jesus
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become one of my dear disciples. He went to Pilate, and asked for my body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
Joseph took my bloody, lifeless body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
The Guard at the Tomb
The next day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate with great concern. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’
So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Jesus Has Risen
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘Jesus has risen from the dead…”
4and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
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