Easter

A Love that Holds Us

1.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Title/Description
A Love that Holds Us

Voices
Two

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death Grace Offense Attraction

Script
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Narrator 1
The cross both repels and attracts.

Narrator 2
The cross offends--it is meant to. It is meant to stand in harsh contrast to the soft and pliable mercies of this world.

Narrator 1
God's love for man is substantial--it is real and true.

Narrator 2
His love was demonstrated in the cruelties and death of the cross--and that makes us uncomfortable.

Narrator 1
But that same cross attracts us with its love.
(beat)
In Christ, God the Father showed that for those who belong to Him, death leads to resurrection.

Narrator 2
There is His love fulfilled. If Jesus had remained in the grave, there would be no promise of life with Him.

Narrator 1
If we could find that tomb and identify the bones, God's love would have been incomplete.

Narrator 2
But God's love was complete. It was total. On the cross Jesus suffered and died for our sins, but He rose from the grave for our life!

Narrator 1
Total love. Uncompromising. A love that holds us.

Narrator 2
A love that will not let us go.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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From Eternity to History

3 or 4 minutes / 1 readers, 2 narrators (3rd Narrator optional)

Description
This narration speaks of the heavenly timeline: the birth of Jesus that was necessary for Him to die upon the cross, and He had to die--to become the once and final sacrifice--so that He could be raised from the grave.

Originally from
Crown Him with Glory

Note
Narrator #1 reads Scripture.

Voices
2 or 3

Topics
Christ's Sacrifice History Time Godhead Eternity Easter Resurrection Jerusalem

Script
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NARRATOR #1
(reading from a Bible)
In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets, at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (pause) After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.[1]

NARRATOR #2
It is this Jesus of whom we sing tonight: this one who came to die that we might live. Because He became the one and final sacrifice for our transgressions, He is worthy of all our praise and His crown of glory. Jesus won the struggle over death (pause) by dying. He won the right to claim victory because He died. (pause) From His place in eternity, Jesus initiated history:

NARRATOR #1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.[2]

NARRATOR #2
Then He stepped out of eternity and into history to begin the process of salvation that would result in His death, and the opportunity for eternal life for mankind.

NARRATOR #1
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.[3]

NARRATOR #2
It all climaxed at the cross when Jesus died. At that moment, His death proclaimed the end of man's separation from God:

NARRATOR #1
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died, were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.[4]

NARRATOR #2
But then came the event that set Jesus apart from every other savior that had ever lived and died: Jesus lived again--and by His resurrection declared victory over death for all mankind. He walked out of the tomb to step out of history and back into eternity.

NARRATOR #1
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.[5]

NARRATOR #2
Jesus Christ is Lord! He has paid the price--even unto death--and now death itself is vanquished and the Savior who died has now been returned to the forever in which He has always lived.

NARRATOR #3
(Optional)
After His death and resurrection--but before He ascended to the Father--the Lord Jesus spent forty days moving about the area, visiting with those closest to Him and giving final instructions to His disciples. This had been a traumatic time for the remaining eleven; they had never before lived through anything like the experiences of the past forty days. There were still many questions left unanswered.
Before ascending, Jesus told His disciples to remain in Jerusalem until the arrival of the Holy Spirit--without whom they would be incapable of continuing His ministry.
Then He was gone--nd many of the disciples, like the apostle Peter, turned away from that moment confused and uncertain about tomorrow.

1. Hebrews 1:1-3.
2. John 1:1-3.
3. Isaiah 9:6; 25:8.
4. Matthew 27:51-53.
5. Mark 16:19.

Copyright 2002 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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God's Amazing Grace

1.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Description
God's Amazing Grace

Voices
Two, with some Scripture reading

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death Grace

Script
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Narrator 2
The blood of Christ, shed for us at the cross, is really not so mysterious at all. It does represent Christ's pain--His suffering, His death--His sacrifice that we might live.

Narrator 1
But beyond that, the blood represents God's grace, for not one of us deserves life in Christ. It is a gift.

Narrator 2
Grace. Let the word linger on the tongue. Let it roll and tumble around in your mind. Grace.

Narrator 1
Don't let go of it too soon. Caress it, and let it caress you, for grace is the warm, forgiving embrace of a perfect God for an imperfect soul.

Narrator 2
Grace is God putting His arm around us, looking the believer straight in the eye, and saying, "I know who you are. I know what you are. I know all about your problems, your failures, your sins. I know it all. And I love you anyway."

Narrator 1
Grace is God saying, "Jesus."

Narrator 2
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Narrator 1
(warmly)
Grace. We do not deserve it. We cannot earn it. It is a gift.

Narrator 2
When Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of that tomb, God the Father was saying, "Here is my Son. See? He lives! He paid the price, once and for all. And He lives forever! Believe in Him, and you too will have life eternal."

Narrator 1
It is all of grace.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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In the Shadows

2.5 minutes / 1 narrator

Description
This narration emphasizes Christ's sacrifice. It leans toward the darker, pre-resurrection side of Easter—thus would be appropriate for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday use.

Voices
one

Topics
Easter Suffering Jesus Christ Light Darkness Remembrance Golgotha

Script
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Narrator
(simply; conversationally)
Easter is all about remembering. Every year we are invited to remember what Christ Jesus did for us. Not the historical facts, the chronology, so much as the promise of new life through His death and resurrection. The cross stands at the crossroad of time—one way despair, the other way hope and joy.

But the story of Easter begins in the shadows. It begins around the time of Passover—for the Jews a remembrance of death, of release tinged with bitterness and pain. There is the one bright moment of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, where He was celebrated and greeted with loud hosannas. But then He and His disciples gather for the Passover meal. Soon Jesus is betrayed, arrested, and so begins His lonely journey to the cross.

Easter represents the promise of unbounded light after the gloom and despair of the shadows. We celebrate that light—gladly, joyfully—but we do injustice to His sacrifice if we do not remember, as well, the suffering that led to the resurrection, the pain that brought about victory.

So come, give ear to the final hours of Jesus with His disciples—scenes of confusion, of fellowship darkened by betrayal, of moments cast in shadows that would deliver a new hope for mankind, suffering that would end in victory, despair that would end in the promise of new life for all who would believe.

[song (i.e., later)]

Narrator
And so we come to Golgotha—the place of suffering and death. Here Jesus would shed His blood as the spotless Lamb of God. Here Jesus would cry out in His agony—and alienation from His Father. Here Jesus would declare the end of death—as He breathed His last.

“Did e’re such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”
(Isaac Watts)

Death and life, combined in a single moment. Death for Jesus the man, leading to resurrection and life for Jesus the Son—and resurrection and life for any and all who would believe in Him.

Copyright David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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The Mystery of God's Love

1.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Title/Description
The Mystery of God's Love

Voices
Two

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death Grace Offense Attraction Love

Script
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Narrator 2
In a world of slippery morals and changing values--

Narrator 1
--in a world of shifting sand, where there is little we can depend on--

Narrator 2
God's love, expressed in Jesus Christ, is faithful and true. We can count on it. We can depend on it.

Narrator 1
(darker)
For those who live in this world, Easter can be filled with mystery--even confusion. It is the story of blood sacrifice, of suffering, of death--
(brighter)
and then, of resurrection.

Narrator 2
It is a story of grace unmerited, of love undeserved.
(pause)
But throughout all the story... is Jesus. He is the one who suffered the ridicule, the physical pain, the separation from His Father.

Narrator 1
He is the one who bled and died for sins of which He was never guilty.
(stronger)
And He was the one who rose victorious from the grave.

Narrator 2
It is Jesus who left the purity of heaven to become our Savior. He gave Himself for us--for anyone who will believe in His name.

Narrator 1
And that is why we know He loves us. That is why we know Him as Lord and God.

Narrator 2
That is why we know--He lives.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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The Mystery of the Blood

2.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Description
The Mystery of the blood-sacrifice

Voices
Two, with some Scripture reading

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death

Script
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Narrator 1
(pleasantly)
Easter is a time of joy. The long cold night of the crucifixion is past. The hard waiting of the tomb is over. In their place is the bright and glorious dawn of Christ's resurrection. It is the day Jesus showed Himself free of the grave.

Narrator 2
But at the very heart of Easter is a mystery. It is something that one day we will understand, but is now too much for flesh to comprehend.

Narrator 1
The mystery begins long ago, on another cold night when God told all of enslaved Israel that if they would slaughter an innocent lamb, and paint its blood over each family's door, they would be saved. God's wrath would "pass over" any dwelling covered by the blood of the lamb.

Narrator 2
"The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:13)

Narrator 1
Many centuries later, another Lamb would be slain. His blood would this time save sinners once and for all from the wrath of God.
(reading)
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:8-9)

Narrator 2
There is the mystery. Why blood? Why must someone die? Surely there could be an easier way. Must there be pain and suffering and death?

Narrator 1
Here is God's answer: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11 nkjv)

Narrator 2
And that is what Jesus did on the cross. He suffered, and bled, and died--for our souls. His life was spilled upon the altar one last time--for all time--that anyone who believes would be saved, and live forever with Him.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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