Interview of the Crucifixion
Cast: Peter, Interviewer, Choir
Costumes: Peter (biblical clothes), Interviewer (black bow tie, white shirt and top hat), Choir (biblical clothes, or choir robes).
Props: Microphones, table for interview
Interviewer: It’s a busy sight here this evening in Jerusalem. The night is fairly quiet with hardly any wind blowing. The temperature is about 70 degrees with a full moon. It will be a tough day tomorrow for those teachers of the little Jerusalem kids in school. Peter, a Disciple of Jesus, is here from Jerusalem with me today. Peter, can you tell me how you know this man Jesus who has made the headlines recently? He has made the front page for several weeks now. Let’s see, we read about the Last Supper, then the Feast of Unleavened Bread that He spoke at. That one really caused quite a scene among the chief priest and teachers. And what was the name of that little man who climbed a tree? Zachkus, Zackrus, Zacchaeus that’s what is was. You can’t get every name pronounced right even as a Talk Host. Ok, back to my question, how do you happen to know this man, Jesus?
Peter: One evening, we had been fishing for quite some time without any luck. As it was getting late, along came Jesus and told us to cast out our net into the deep water. I told Jesus that we had been fishing all night without any success. He insisted that we cast out our nets one more time for a catch. So we did. We got the biggest catch I have ever seen. After that catch, he told us that we would be not catching fish any longer, but men.
Interviewer: WFJC tuning in tonight for the biggest catch you ever did see. Listen to this. What am amazing story. Peter had been fishing all night without a catch when along comes Jesus who tells him to try again, and his nets are loaded. I bet there are not many of you who would mind to come up with a catch like that. Hmmmm! Salmon, tuna, lobster, shark, what a catch that must have been. Back to our scene here in Jerusalem. A few over clouds expected tonight with 20 percent chance of rain. Drive carefully, and watch for those other drivers. A small crowd has gathered around here in Jerusalem since last evening when a riot broke out. By the way, why do you use the word supper? Isn’t that an ancient word?
Peter: Supper is a light meal in the evening. We use the word since it best describes the social event we had with Jesus that night. It was a word traditionally used for a main meal of the day normally.
Interviewer: You are tuned in to WFJC this evening. It is 7:00 p.m. and we have with us Peter, the Disciple of Jesus with us here tonight. He has just told us that he had supper with Jesus. Peter can you tell us about that evening you had supper? For example, what did you eat, was it a formal supper, light supper, who was in attendance and was this dinner only by invitation?
Peter: The Supper was in the evening around 7:00 p.m. There were 13 of us present which included the guest of honor, Jesus. It was a light supper of unleavened bread and juice in honor of our Lord. Our Lord did not send out invitations, but we knew who was to be present – us disciples. He did send John and me to make the preparations for the supper. Jesus told us to go to the city and find a room that was all furnished with what would be needed. And that is what we did.
Interviewer: So others were excluded. How did you feel about that?
Peter: Jesus selected 12 of us to work with him in doing the Father’s work. We did not question our Master but was honored that we were chosen.
Interviewer: Again, we have Peter with us this evening. He has been sharing with us the events of the last supper in case you have just tuned in to the station. There is a chilly wind out there, so put on a sweater this evening. You don’t want to catch a cold. If you do, Revco is promoting a special this week on their new cough medicine. It will make your mouth curdle. These strong cough drops are made with the finest syrup around. Stop in at Revco today to get your bag before they sell out. Now back to Peter, who is our guest here today. He has been telling us about the last supper with Jesus. Peter, we have yet to hear the purpose of this last supper.
Peter: This is confident and probably should not be on radio. He gave us to drink of the fruit of the vine and unleavened bread. We distribute this among us ourselves, and accepted this supper. He told us that we were doing it in remembrance of Him. We were instructed that it was to be repeated always in remembrance of him.
Interviewer: This is news! You are tuned in to WFJC and we have with us a guest who is a disciple of Jesus. Many of you have probably heard some strange things about this man. Peter has had supper with him, and it was done in remembrance of this man Jesus. Don’t go away as we will hear more of this story after the break. See you after the break.
BREAK: CHOIR OR SOLO “This is My Body” by Jack Hayford
Interviewer: That was a lovely song! I used to listen to music as a child around our fireplace on the homestead. My dad would play the guitar and we would sing for hours – or so it seemed. We have Peter with us here this evening who is a disciple of Jesus. Peter could you tell us exactly the purpose of this supper and the events that followed it?
Peter: I would be glad to. One of the disciples left the supper. We did not know why until later. He came back with his sack empty of the money he left with. We found out later that he had betrayed our Lord to the officials of the city. It did upset us somewhat when Jesus told us that someone would betray him, because none of us felt that we could ever do such a thing.
Peter: Jesus left to go to the Garden, a quiet place to pray. We went with him but were so sleepy we could hardly stay awake. While we were there some soldiers came and took him away. Jesus did not even protest, but went quietly with them. He said it was his time. Of course, we did not understand it all, at that time.
Interviewer: You are tuned in to WFJC. The temperature is about 70 degrees with a full moon tonight. There is a chilly wind out there, so put on a sweater this evening. You don’t want to catch a cold. We have Peter with us this evening as a guest. He has a lot of interesting things to share with us about a man who has been getting a lot of publicity lately. His name is Jesus. Peter you told us that Jesus was taken away by some solders here. Can you elaborate further?
Peter: I was frightened myself as the soldiers did look pretty dangerous. So, I did not get too close and stayed in the background. They did take him to Pilate and charged him with things that make no sense at all.
Interviewer: Such as?
Peter: Things like, misleading the people, opposing taxes to Caesar, claiming to be a Messiah, and building the temple in three days. They were ridiculous accusations made that evening. Pilate asked him if he was the Messiah of the Jews, and Jesus told him he was. This really got them stirred up. Pilate sent him to Herod who sent him back to Pilate. I did hear that Harold was really glad to see him, because he wanted to see some of the miracles that he had heard about.
Interviewer: Did he get to see any?
Peter: Jesus would not even answer him as word. This probably made Herod think it was all in the heads of the people, or made up tales.
Interviewer: It sounds like you had quite a night. You are tuned in to WFCJ. Let us hear our forecast for the evening. Temperatures are in the low 70s. There is a chilly wind out there, so put on a sweater this evening. You don’t want to catch a cold. If you do, Revco is promoting a special this week on their special cough medicine. It will make your mouth curdle. These strong cough drops are made with the finest syrup around. Stop in at Revco today to get your bag before they sell out. Pick up a jelly bean on the way out. We have Peter, Disciple of Jesus, here with us today. He is a disciple of Jesus and has an interesting story this evening for us. Peter, what did the officials then do with this Jesus. If they did not want him, who did?
Peter: The people wanted to get rid of him. Actually, certain official leaders. The next day, Pilate brought Jesus before the people and asked them if they wanted to release Barabbas who was a criminal or Jesus. Pilate told the people he did not think Jesus was guilty or deserved to be punished. However, the people thought otherwise. They shouted, “Away with Him! Release to us Barabbas.” Pilate then washed his hands and said, “His blood will not be on me. Do what you want to do with him.”
Interviewer: That sounds like serious stuff. How did you feel about all this when you heard it?
Peter: I was angry that they treated our Lord that way. He did not deserve any of it. It made me think back to all the various times when he left little hints of what was to come. I feel so stupid that I did not foresee this coming.
Interviewer: We are with Peter, a disciple of Jesus, this evening. He is sharing with us his story of this man Jesus who has been quite popular these days. What did the people decide to do then?
Peter: They beat him and led him away to be crucified on a cross. A certain man name Simon came and helped Jesus carry the cross for it was too much for him to carry after his beating.
Interviewer: That does sound like it would have been hard to take being your friend and all. You are tuned in to WFJC this evening and our guest speaker is Peter, a disciple of Jesus. Stay with us throughout the break to hear the remaining of this recent happening.
BREAK: CHOIR “The Wonderful Cross” By Chris Tomlin
“You Are Crowned with Praise” Christy Cooper
Interviewer: Peter you told us that Jesus was nailed to a cross. What more can you tell us about this happening?
Peter: Two criminals were nailed on each side of Jesus. One believed in him as the true Messiah and the other one did not. Many people stood around watching. Some were sobbing. The soldiers divided his clothes between them. It was heartbreaking to see the sneers by the soldiers for they underestimated his power, because he did not come down from the cross and save himself.
Interviewer: Again, we are with Peter, the disciple of Jesus. He is telling us his version of a recent crucifixion that has taken place. Peter, can you tell us about what time Jesus died?
Peter: It was about the 6th hour when darkness came over all the land. The veil in the temple tore in to. About the 9th hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”. People seemed amazed at such a spectacular event in the middle of the day.
Interviewer: I did see the eclipse, but did not know the nature of it. There have been reports that the body was stolen. Can you give us any feedback on this report as to validity?
Peter: That is what I have heard as well. His body was placed in a tomb by a man named Joseph who had asked for it. He was placed in a new tomb, and it was sealed tightly with guards outside guarding the doorway.
Interviewer: Can you tell me about these guards. Who were they, and were they reliable?
Peter: They were guards assigned by Pilate who at the request of the chief priest had them put there. However, they were terrified when the tomb opened and Jesus came out of the grave after three days.
Interviewer: You would think a body would smell after being dead for three days. Did a physician see Jesus to make sure he had not suffered brain damage?
Peter: He was the Son of God. He did appear to us in the upper room, and again later because Thomas was not present the time he first appeared. He ate some baked fish that we offered him. Later, he appeared at Bethany to all of us and then disappeared into sight in the heavens.
Interviewer: This does sound like some story and I am sure many will find it hard to believe. Did he give any final words to you?
Peter: He did instruct us to be witnesses to this event and to tell others all about his Amazing Grace.
Interviewer: It is an amazing event. Thanks, Peter, for being with us today. It has been a pleasure to have you as our guest. It has been interesting to hear from you, your perspective of the story. Amazing….Tune in again tomorrow again at 7:00 p.m. to hear what has been happening in Jerusalem. Again, don’t forget to stop in at Revco to pick up your jelly beans and special cough syrup.
CHOIR: “Amazing Grace” by Chris Tomlin
“You Are Crowned with Praise” by Christy Cooper
“You Are Crowned with Many Crowns” by John Sellers
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