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Listen to The Jesus Story: The Resurrection

Everybody thought that Good Friday was the end of Jesus.

But on the following Sunday something wonderful happened – God raised Jesus from the dead.

Over the next few weeks he appeared to his family and friends on a number of occasions.

The next song, Hallelujah, celebrates the risen Christ.

God has spoken, death is broken – Christ has woken from the grave.
Christ is risen from his prison – Christ is risen from the grave.
Sing and shout now, tell it out now – Jesus is Lord!

Hallelujah

Listen to The Jesus Story: The Crucifixion

Jesus was put on trial before the religious leaders.

The High Priest asked him if he was the Messiah, the Son of God. When Jesus said I am, the whole Council condemned him to death.

As they did not have the authority to execute the sentence, they brought him to Pilate, the Roman Governor. They accused Jesus of being a threat to Roman rule.

Pilate was not convinced but, swayed by the crowd, agreed that the death sentence should be carried out.

Jesus was to be crucified.

The song ‘Lord, What Have They Done?’ imagines someone looking at Jesus on the cross and thinking “What a waste”. The third verse, which you’ll hear sung as a duet, gives the reply of Jesus.

Lord, What Have They Done?

Listen to The Jesus Story: Gethsemane and beyond

When the supper was ended, Jesus took Peter, James and John to an olive grove called Gethsemane.

Knowing the awful death that awaited him, Jesus suffered a time of agonising prayer.

The song ‘The Moon Shines’ portrays the loneliness of Jesus as he struggles to come to terms with what he has to do.

It was shortly after this that he was betrayed by Judas’s kiss.

The Moon Shines

 

Jesus was arrested and taken to the High Priest’s house.

All the disciples deserted him, but Peter and John followed and gained access to the High Priest’s courtyard.

Peter had boasted that he would never deny his Lord, but Jesus had predicted that before a cock crowed he would deny him three times.

Peter’s Denial

Listen to The Jesus Story: The Last Supper

Jesus came to Jerusalem knowing that he was going to be killed.

He also knew that his death would carry a huge spiritual importance.

It was the time of the Passover Festival when the Jewish people remembered their miraculous escape from slavery in Egypt.

Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, but gave it new meaning by linking it with his imminent death on the cross.

The Last Supper

 

During the last supper Jesus spent time reassuring his disciples that despite his death and physical departure from them, he would leave them his presence through the Holy Spirit.

Peace

Listen to The Jesus Story: Hosanna

After three years of teaching, preaching and healing, Jesus came to the capital, Jerusalem.

His popularity and his fame had grown over the years, and he was given a rapturous welcome by the people.

He chose to enter the city, humbly on a donkey, to show that, although he was a king, he didn’t need a warhorse and an army.

He came in peace.

The crowd shouted Hosanna.

Hosanna

The ministry of Jesus was hugely popular with ordinary people. But many of the religious leaders took offence at it.

For one thing, he associated freely with people whom they considered to be unacceptable, such as prostitutes, and tax collectors for the hated Romans. And he was scathing in his criticism of their spiritual leadership.

He also made spiritual claims for himself which outraged them – for example, to have authority to forgive sins and to add to the law of Moses.

Finally, by riding into Jerusalem and accepting the applause of the crowd, he was claiming to be the long-awaited King of the Jews. This claim they saw as blasphemous and politically dangerous.

Jesus had to go!