Friday, April 10, 2009

The Easter Miracle

The Easter Miracle

Jesus was arrested in the
Garden of Gethsemane
by the Temple Guards through
the guidance of his disciple,
Judas Iscariot.

Judas received money
for betraying Jesus
and told the guards that
whomever he kisses is the
one they are to arrest.

Jesus is brought
bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Conflicting testimony against Jesus
is brought forth by many witnesses,
to which Jesus answers nothing.

Finally the high priest adjures Jesus
to respond under solemn oath, saying
"I adjure you,
by the LIVING GOD, to tell us,
are you the
Anointed One, the Son of God?"
Jesus testifies in the affirmative,
"You have said it,
and in time you will see
the Son of Man seated at the
right hand of the Almighty,
coming on the clouds of Heaven."
The high priest condemns Jesus
for blasphemy,
and the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus
concurs with a sentence of death.

In the morning, the whole assembly
brings Jesus to the Roman governor
Pontius Pilate,
under charges of subverting the nation,
opposing taxes to Caesar,
and making himself a king.

Pilate authorizes the Jewish leaders
to judge Jesus according to their own Law
and execute sentencing,
however the Jewish leaders reply
that they are not allowed by the Romans
to carry out a sentence of death.

Pilate questions Jesus, and tells the assembly
that there is no basis for sentencing.
Upon learning that Jesus is from Galilee,
Pilate refers the case to the ruler of Galilee,
King Herod.
Herod questions Jesus but receives no answer;
Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate.
Pilate tells the assembly that neither he
nor Herod have found guilt in Jesus;
Pilate resolves to have Jesus whipped and released.

It was a custom during the feast of Passover
for the Romans to release one prisoner
as requested by the Jews.
Pilate asks the crowd who they
would like to be released.

Under the guidance of the chief priests,
the crowd asks for
who had been imprisoned
for committing murder during an insurrection.
Pilate asks what they would have him
do with Jesus, and they demand,
"Crucify him".

Pilate's wife had seen Jesus
in a dream earlier that day;
she forewarns Pilate to
"have nothing to do with this righteous man".

Pilate has Jesus flogged,
then brings him out to the crowd to release him.
The chief priests inform Pilate of a new charge,
demanding Jesus be sentenced to death
"because he claimed to be God's son."
Coming before the crowd one last time,

Pilate declares Jesus innocent,
washing his own hands in water
to show he has no part in this condemnation.
Nevertheless, Pilate hands Jesus over
to be crucified in order to forestall a riot.

The sentence written is
"Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews."
Jesus carries his cross
to the site of execution

There he is crucified
along with two criminals.

Jesus agonizes on the cross for six hours.
During his last 3 hours on the cross,
from noon to 3pm,
there is darkness over the whole land.
With a loud cry,
Jesus gives up his spirit.
There is an earthquake,
tombs break open,
and the curtain in the Temple
is torn from top to bottom.
The centurion on guard
at the site of crucifixion declares,
"Truly this was God's Son!"

Pilate asks confirmation from
the centurion whether Jesus is dead.
A soldier pierced the side of Jesus
with a lance causing blood and water to flow out,
and the centurion informs Pilate that
Jesus is dead.

Joseph of Arimathea
takes the body of Jesus,
wraps it in a clean linen shroud,
and places it in his own new tomb
that had been carved in the rock
in a garden near the site of crucifixion.
Another secret follower of Jesus
named Nicodemus also came
bringing 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes,
and places them in the linen
with the body of Jesus.
They rolled a large rock
over the entrance of the tomb.

On the third day, Sunday,
which is now known as Easter Sunday,
Jesus rose from the dead.

The Tomb No Longer Holds
The King.

He Is Risen!

All of the pictures posted
belong to me an are from a live
Easter Drama that our Church did
a few years ago.
All of the costumes,
other than the leather guard gear,
were handmade by
and two other ladies.
The set was built by
my husband and four other men.
It was a huge production
that my family was
so proud to be a part of.
We can be a witness to
the story of Jesus,
and His Precious Love for
Us all..
We're gonna do it!
May You and Yours
Have A Blessed Easter.

Thank You For Visiting
Have A Blessed Day,


  1. Debbie, oh my. What an incredible way to honor our Savior today: through your hard work, your words, and your post. Many blessings to you on this Good Friday my friend. You have blessed me this late night. :)

  2. And I thought I was up late. :) What were you doing up at 4a.m. girly?! And then coming by to comment on my site? You are TOO KIND and I am blessed to have your friendship. :) What a lovely, supportive, affirming message you left me. Wow.


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