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1OVERTURE
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3SONG: I BELIEVE IN A HILL CALLED MOUNT
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CALVARY
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6CHOIR:
7There are things, as we travel this earths shifting sands,
8That transcend all the reason of man
9But the things that matter the most in this world,
10They can never be held in our hand.
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12I believe in a hill called Mount Calvary.
13I believe, whatever the cost.
14And when time has surrendered,
15And earth stands no more,
16Ill still cling to that old rugged cross.
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18I believe
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(I believe)
20I believe
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(I believe)
22I will cling to that old rugged cross.
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24SOLO AND CHOIR
25I believe that the Christ who was slain on that cross
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(I believe --- on that Cross)
27Has the power to change lives today
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(Lives today)
29For He changed me completely
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(Ah---)
31A new life is mine
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(life is mine)
33That is why by the cross I will stay.
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35CHOIR:
36I believe in a hill called Mount Calvary.
37I believe, whatever the cost
38I believe
39And when time has surrendered
40And earth stands no more

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41Ill still cling to that old rugged cross.


42Ill still cling to that old rugged cross.
43
44In the cross
45In the cross
46Be by glory ever.
47Til my raptured soul shall find
48Rest beyond the river.
49I believe
50I believe
51I believe
52In that old rugged cross!
53
54NARRATOR: The old rugged cross. I think
55Ive probably sung that hymn a thousand
56times especially at this time of year
57when we think about the cross, what it
58meant then, and what it still means today.
59
60I am so thankful that the story of Easter
61doesnt end at the cross that the story
62of Easter continues all the way to the
63empty tomb where Jesus raised from the
64dead to offer you and me the promise of
65eternal life with Him.
66
67I believe that the entire earth must have
68celebrated the moment that the resurrected
69Savior, the Ancient of Days, the Creator
70and Giver of Life, triumphed over death
71and rose from the tomb to walk among us
72once more.
73
74But at glorious as that picture is, it
75wouldnt be complete without the shadow of
76the old rugged cross the place where
77Jesus sacrificed Himself for you and for
78me. His resurrection is made all the more
79glorious by the painful reality of the
80cross.

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81
82I cant imagine how confused His disciples
83and followers must have been in those
84terrible days of His trial, crucifixion
85and death. What was it like for Peter, or
86John, or James to know that Jesus their
87friend and teacher had died such a
88horrible death, and that all they had left
89were the memories?
90
91I think in they probably relived in their
92minds every last moment they spent with
93Him, trying desperately to find meaning in
94what had happened.
95
96The last intimate gathering of Jesus and
97His disciples took place in Jerusalem,
98where they had gathered to celebrate
99Passover one of the most sacred of all
100Jewish holidays. The event was a somber
101one the Feast of the Passover
102commemorates the time when God freed the
103Israelites from bondage in Egypt. In the
104last of a series of plagues God rained on
105the tyrannical Pharaoh who had enslaved
106the Israelites, God sent death across the
107face of Egypt to kill the first-born of
108every household and every living thing.
109The Israelites were spared only if they
110smeared the blood of a spotless lamb on
111the door posts of their homes. God
112promised that when Death passed through
113Egypt, He would see the blood of the lamb
114and pass over the houses of His people.
115
116It was then, and is now, one of the most
117powerful symbols of Gods mercy and grace.
118And Jesus and His disciples had gathered
119to share the Passover meal a meal Jesus
120knew would be His last with the twelve men

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121He had chosen, nurtured, and loved during


122the three years of His ministry.
123
124Lets join them now, as they enter the
125Upper Room.
126
127STAGING NOTE: -- Disciples enter one by
128one Narrator introduces each as they are
129spotlighted. They interact, embracing one
130another, and moving into place in the
131upper room.
132
133Narrator:
134
135Peter, the big, impulsive fisherman. When
136he first met Jesus, his name was Simon
137but Jesus would change it to Peter, which
138means Rock and proclaim Upon this
139rock, I will build my kingdom. Peter and
140John made the arrangements for this final
141gathering of the Lords disciples.
142
143Matthew, who is also called Levi, probably
144seemed a strange choice for one of Jesus
145disciples. A tax-collector, he served the
146Roman government, enforcing Caesars
147revenue laws on the oppressed Jews. The
148Jews hated and despised these servants of
149the Roman government, and believed they
150were traitors and crooks. But Matthew
151answered Jesus call to follow Me, and
152would later write the Gospel of Matthew.
153
154Nathaniel: Who is also called Batholomew
155came from Cana of Galilee where Jesus
156performed His first miracle. He was a
157follower of John the Baptist, and it was
158introduced to Jesus at Bethany.
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160Thomas: Often called doubting Thomas


161because he needed to feel the nail prints
162in Jesus hands before he could believe
163Jesus had resurrected serves to remind us
164all that Jesus calls us in spite of our
165doubts and our shortcomings.
166
167Andrew: The brother of Peter, Andrew was
168also a fisherman by trade, and is known
169for introducing people to Jesus. The
170Bible says that the first thing Andrew did
171after meeting Jesus was to find Peter and
172tell him hed met the Messiah.
173
174Philip: Like Andrew and Peter, Philip was
175from the town of Bethsaida. Just as
176Andrew raced to tell his friends about
177Jesus, so Philip sped off to find
178Nathaniel and announce, We have found the
179One Moses wrote about in the law.Jesus of
180Nazareth!
181
182Simon: Simon, a member of the Zealot sect
183of Israelites who favored a military
184insurrection against the Roman government,
185Simon is one of the most unlikely members
186of Jesus inner circle. How could the
187former Zealot serve a Master who taught of
188walking the extra mile and loving our
189enemies? Perhaps he first followed Jesus
190because he believed that Jesus would lead
191the revolt against Rome and establish
192Gods kingdom on earth but along the
193way, he would learn that Jesus came to
194establish a heavenly kingdom with eternal
195value.
196
197John: The beloved disciple. John was one
198of the three friends Jesus would take with
199him to the Garden of Gethsemane. He would

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200later write the Gospel of John, the


201letters of 1st John, 2nd John, and 3rd John,
202and, at the end of his life, the book of
203Revelation.
204
205James: The son of Alpheus, was present
206when John the Baptist baptized Jesus in
207the Jordan river when Gods spirit
208descended from Heaven in the form of a
209dove to announce, This is my Son, in whom
210I am well pleased.
211
212James: The son of Zebedee. James was the
213brother of John the beloved, and was also
214among Jesus closest friends. Jesus
215referred to these two as the sons of
216thunder, because of their impulsive
217natures.
218
219Thaddeus: Little is known about this
220member of the disciples. He moved in the
221shadows at the edge of the group, yet he,
222along with the others, is chosen to gather
223here to share the Lords last meal on
224earth.
225
226And Judas: The traitor.
227
228As the disciples gathered in the upper
229room, the image of Jesus triumphal entry
230into Jerusalem fresh in their minds, I
231imagine they were eagerly awaiting Jesus
232arrival and remembering the many things
233they had shared with Him during the past
234three years.
235
236STAGING NOTE: During song, disciples
237continue to interact as Jesus enters from
238center aisle. John sees Him first and
239rushes to meet Him. The others greet Him

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240affectionately. Only Judas stands apart,


241unable to meet his gaze. Everyone moves
242into place at the table. Judas seats
243himself last.
244
245SONG: WE HAVE SEEN GODS GLORY
246
247There they are again
248The witnesses of Jesus take their stand
249Twelve amazing men,
250Their testimony spreads throughout the land
251Such a story told
252How can they believe?
253That God has walked upon the earth
254Could they be deceived?
255
256But how their words persuade.
257The truth is in their eyes.
258And many hearts are won to faith.
259As they testify.
260
261We have seen Gods glory.
262We have lived and walked with Christ the King
263We have seen Him heal the wounded
264We have heard the broken hearted sing.
265We have seen Gods glory.
266We who once were dead are raised to life.
267We will worship Him forever.
268We have seen Gods glory
269Jesus Christ.
270
271Here we are again.
272The witnesses of Jesus take their stand.
273May it never end
274Through us may God keep stretching out His hand.
275Reaching those who doubt
276Touching those who cry
277Lifting up the Word of God
278As we testify.
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280We have seen Gods glory.


281We have lived and walked with Christ the King
282We have seen Him heal the wounded
283We have heard the broken hearted sing.
284We have seen Gods glory.
285We who once were dead are raised to life.
286We will worship Him forever.
287We have seen Gods glory
288We have seen Gods glory
289We have seen Gods glory
290Jesus Christ
291
292We have seen Gods glory.
293We have lived and walked with Christ the King
294We have seen Him heal the wounded
295We have heard the broken hearted sing.
296We have seen Gods glory.
297We who once were dead are raised to life.
298We will worship Him forever.
299We have seen Gods glory
300We have seen Gods glory
301We have seen Gods glory
302Jesus Christ
303Jesus Christ
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305
306NARRATOR: And when the hour came, Jesus
307arrived with the twelve. And while they
308were eating, He announced:
309
310JESUS: Truly, I say unto you, that one of
311you will betray me.
312
313STAGING NOTE: Disciples react verbally and
314physically. Strike pose and freeze.
315
316NARRATOR: What has the Lord just said?
317One of his closest friends, one of the
318twelve men hes shared His life and His
319ministry with over the past twelve years

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320will betray Him? The apostles are


321horrified. The painter, Leonardo DaVinci
322captured this moment in his famous
323painting of the Lords Supper.
324
325See how the wave of shock and disbelief
326radiates outward from Christ. Jesus, in
327the center, is isolated. His face full of
328sorrow.
329
330To his left, Philip has risen to his feet,
331leaning closer to Jesus, demanding an
332answer.
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334James has thrown his hands out in horror,
335while Thomas, behind him, raises a
336questioning hand. Matthew leans toward
337Thaddeus and Simon, his hands stretched
338toward the Lord in disbelief. Thaddeus,
339too, looks to Simon for confirmation,
340while the Zealot indicates his frustration
341to his two friends.
342
343On Jesus right, John the Beloved turns
344his face away in horror. Peter, ready as
345always for action, grasps his knife in one
346hand, and Johns shoulder with the other.
347Judas, leans as far from Christ as
348possible, grasping his purse of silver
349coins the thirty pieces of silver he
350accepted to betray Jesus. In the
351painting, a tipped cellar of salt rests at
352his right elbow as a symbol of his
353treachery.
354Andrew holds his hands up in horror and
355looks to Jesus for confirmation, while
356James the Less reaches out to Peter.
357Nathaniel has leapt to his feet and leans
358forward, straining to hear the
359conversation of the other twelve.

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360
361For centuries, DaVincis painting of the
362Lords Supper has offered a glimpse of one
363of the most tragic moments of the Lords
364life. There in the upper room, among His
365closest friends, knowing that his arrest,
366trial, and brutal death would follow,
367Jesus has just told them that He will be
368betrayed by one of them one of the inner
369circle.
370
371At that moment, each of the disciples must
372have wondered, Which one of us could it
373be? Who could possibly betray the Lord?
374
375STAGING NOTE: Disciples maintain pose as
376each breaks from freeze in turn for
377monologue.
378
379NATHANIEL: My name is Nathaniel. Im
380sometimes called Batholomew. And like
381Peter and Andrew, I, too, am a fisherman.
382I am from the small town of Cana in
383Galilee, where Jesus performed His first
384miracle by turning water into wine. You
385can imagine how amazed we all were when
386the vats of water became the finest wine.
387
388I had been a follower of John the Baptist,
389and believed Johns teaching that the
390Messiah the long awaited Promised Savior
391 would soon be among us.
When John
392introduced me to Jesus at Bethany, and
393later when my good friend Philip told me
394that he believed Jesus was the same man
395the prophets had foretold, I admit that my
396first reaction was disbelief. Could any
397good thing come out of Nazareth, I asked.
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399Not that theres anything wrong with


400Nazareth its just such an insignificant
401place. I couldnt believe that God would
402choose a small village like Nazareth over
403Jerusalem or Capernaum. But Philip begged
404me to come and see.
405
406The first time I spoke to Jesus, he looked
407directly at me and said, Behold, an
408Israelite in whom there is no guile!
409
410Can you imagine what that was like for me?
411Id never spoken with the Man. To my
412knowledge, he had no idea who I was. And
413I asked Him, How do you know me?
414
415Jesus looked at me with those knowing eyes
416and said that even before Philip had
417called me, that While I was still under
418the fig tree, He had seen me.
419
420I couldnt believe it! You see, in my
421country, when the working mothers go into
422the fields, they place their babies under
423the nearest fig tree so the large leaves
424will protect their little ones from the
425harsh sun. What Jesus was saying was that
426He had known me since the day I was born.
427
428And I knew from the look in His eyes that
429it was true. He knew everything about me.
430All I could say was, Rabbi, you are the
431Son of God, you are the King of Israel.
432I immediately became his disciple and have
433walked with Him from that day on.
434
435Along with the others, I have walked with
436Him through the villages of Galilee,
437through the towns of Decapolis, and the
438streets of Jerusalem. And now, as we are

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439here this evening sharing the Passover, He


440has told us that one of us his closest
441companions is going to betray Him. Can
442there possible be a traitor among us? How
443can that be? I keep asking myself what He
444could have meant by that. Surely none of
445us would willingly betray the Lord? But
446if He says its so, then it must be true.
447Thats why I keep asking myself, and Him,
448Is it I? Is it I?
449
450JAMES THE LESSER: My name is James, but
451since it is such a familiar name, I am
452called James the Little, or James the
453Less, since I am shorter in stature than
454the other men. My father is Alpheus, and
455we have a proud family heritage that dates
456all the way back to the tribe of Gad one
457of the twelve sons of Jacob.
458
459Ill never forget the first time that I
460saw the Master. I was passing by the
461Jordan when I saw a large crowd gathered.
462Naturally, I was curious, so I stopped for
463a closer look. Jesus was asking John the
464Baptist to baptize Him. John was
465hesitant, but Jesus insisted, saying, It
466must be so. I watched intently as Jesus
467humbled Himself. And then, to my
468amazement, and the amazement of the entire
469crowd, I saw the Heavens open and the
470Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove descend
471and land on Jesus shoulder. And then we
472heard a voice out of Heaven say, This is
473my Beloved Son, in who I am well pleased.
474And I knew then, as I have known during
475the last three years Ive spent with Him
476that He is truly Gods Son.
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478SONG: Thats Him


479
480A tender blade of grass so green
481Crushed in the footprints of the Nazarene
482Sprang back and waved a message to a bird on the wing
483Thats Him!
484
485In a mighty old river in the noon days sun
486An outcast kept crying, I tell you, Hes the One!
487A voice out of Heaven said, Im pleased with my Son.
488Thats Him!
489
490Thats Him.
491Hes Sharons Rose
492Thats Him
493Our Morning Star that glows
494Hes Alpha, Omega, the Beginning and the End
495Thats Him!
496
497Angry waves splashing everywhere
498Hes asleep in the boat, Does He even Care?
499Were all so afraid, He just keeps lying there.
500Thats Him!
501
502Then He raised His hands above His head
503Said, Peace. Be still and the waters fled
504A wave tapped the wind on the shoulder and said,
505Shhhh. Thats Him!
506
507Therell be two at work in a field one day
508One will be left, the other called away.
509One falls to his knees, its too late, hell say.
510Because, thats Him.
511
512With one foot on the sea, and one on the shore.
513Declaring the time, it will never be anymore
514The trumpet will shout like never before,
515Thats Him!
516
517Thats Him.

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518Hes Sharons Rose


519Thats Him
520Our Morning Star that glows
521Hes Alpha, Omega, the Beginning and the End
522Thats Him!
523
524Hes Alpha, Omega, The Beginning and the End
525Thats Him!
526Thats Him!
527
528JAMES THE LESS:
It was Jesus and I
529knew it. So when he asked me to become
530one of His disciples, I followed Him.
531
532Since that day, I have walked with Him,
533talked with Him, and prayed with Him. I
534have seen and heard many mighty and
535wondrous things, and Im eager to learn
536all He has to teach me of the Father.
537
538But now, He tells us that one of us will
539betray Him. That cant be! But I have to
540ask myself Is it I? Is it I?
541
542ANDREW: I am Andrew, the brother of Simon
543Peter. Im not an especially gifted man,
544just an ordinary fisherman, but Ive done
545what I could to serve the Master. The
546others, they call me Andrew the Bringer,
547because it has been my privilege to bring
548many people to Jesus. The first was my
549brother, Peter. What a thrill it has been
550to watch the transformation in his life as
551we have both walked with the Lord.
552
553And Peter wasnt the only one I introduced
554to the Savior. Remember the story of the
555young boy with the five loaves and two
556fishes? I brought him to Jesus the day He
557fed the 5,000. It was incredible to play

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558even a small part in that miracle as Jesus


559fed all those people.
560
561Just recently, some Greek scholars came
562seeking the Master, and I was asked to
563make the introduction.
564
565You know Jesus has a way of seeing the
566good deep inside every person He meets.
567And He saw something in me that I had
568overlooked, because He chose me to be one
569of His twelve apostles. Ive been very
570close to the Master ever since. We shared
571many triumphs and tragedies, and I know in
572my heart that He is truly the Lamb of God.
573
574And while I may not have been in the inner
575circle, like Peter and John, Im not in
576the outer circle either. Ive been a
577friend and companion to the Lord. What
578greater honor could life afford a simple
579fisherman? What greater honor could life
580afford any of us?
581
582But now, we hear that one of us will
583betray Him. Its unthinkable. Which one?
584How could he live with himself if betrayed
585the Master? I cant imagine it, and yet,
586I have to ask myself, could it be Andrew
587the Bringer? Is it I? Is it I?
588
589MATTHEW: My name is Levi, though some
590call me Matthew, the publican, because I
591am a tax-collector.
When I met Jesus, He
592called me from office where I was carrying
593out my service to the Roman government.
594May of His disciples and my business
595colleagues were present. Im sure they
596wondered why Jesus would pick me, a hated
597tax-collector to be one of His followers.

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598
599But everything changed for me that day.
600It was a royal occasion for me to
601entertain Jesus and His followers in my
602home. When some of the Pharisees
603complained about Jesus eating with
604publicans and sinners, He said, Those who
605are well have no need of a physician, only
606those who are sick. And He reminded them
607of the words of the prophet Hosea, that
608God desires mercy and not sacrifice. He
609added these significant words of His own
610For I came not to call the righteous, but
611sinners, to repentance.
612
613Since that day when I repented and
614followed Him, I have studied our
615Scriptures closely, and am now convinced
616that Jesus is the fulfillment of every
617possible prophecy about the Messiah
618Gods Anointed. I have listened carefully
619to His sermons. Someday, I hope to write
620a book proving that He is the Messiah
621the One promised in our sacred writings.
622I want to record the magnificent sermon He
623preached about the good news of the
624Kingdom of God the sermon He first
625delivered on the mountain in Galilee three
626years ago. In that message, he delivered
627amazing, even startling news good news
628for all the world. And yet, He has just
629spoken tragic news, that one of us will
630betray Him. Who can it be? Will they
631others suspect me because I was once a
632hated tax-collector? Do I suspect myself?
633Is it I? Is it I?
634
635SIMON THE ZEALOT: I am Simon, the Zealot.
636Before Jesus called me, I belonged to a
637group of hot-headed, blood-thirsty

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638revolutionaries known as the Zealots. We


639were all for armed rebellion against Rome.
640We believed that by crushing our enemies
641under our heels we could reestablish the
642ancient glory that was Israels in the
643days of David and Solomon. I wanted to be
644a part of what I believed would be a
645glorious insurrection.
646
647Yet Jesus told us of another kind of
648kingdom, the kingdom of the human heart,
649where God reigns supreme.
650
651Since I heard Him, since I have walked
652with Him, I have changed my mind, and also
653my allegiance. He has shown me that the
654conquest of the heart is the only true,
655sincere and lasting conquest. So I have
656given Him my highest loyalty and deepest
657devotion. I have unconditionally and
658completely surrendered myself to Him, to
659think His thoughts, to love as He loves
660and whom He loves, to obey as He obeys, to
661serve as He serves.
662
663This surrender has not imprisoned me;
664rather, it has set me free for the first
665time in my life. I am not afraid of Rome
666any longer. Rome is mighty. But God is
667Almighty. And we will conquer Rome by
668out-living and out-loving her in the name
669of God, whom Jesus has revealed to us.
670
671Now, the Master says that there is a
672spiritual Roman among us; one who would
673attempt to force what can only be
674conquered by love. Who can he be?
675Matthew, the publican? The big fisherman,
676or his brother? Or does He suspect me?
677Is He right to suspect me? I am the only

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678former Zealot among us? Is it I? Is it


679I?
680
681THADDEUS: I am Thaddeus, one of the
682twelve disciples Jesus called to serve
683with Him. There are twelve of us whom
684Jesus chose to become the cornerstones of
685the new kingdom the Godly kingdom He
686is establishing, just as the twelve tribes
687of Israel were the cornerstones of the old
688Jewish kingdom.
689
690I feel so unworthy to be named among the
691apostles, but He selected me. I well
692remember the day. After a night of
693prayer, He called us to Him and gave us
694authority over unclean spirits and the
695power to heal every kind of disease and
696infirmity. He then commissioned us to go
697forth and preach that the Kingdom of
698Heaven is at hand.
699
700I was in Jerusalem when He gave the great
701invitation to Come unto Me, all you who
702labor and are heavy-laden and I will give
703you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn
704of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart.
705You will find rest for your souls, for my
706yoke is easy and my burden is light.
707
708Earlier this week, when Mary anointed the
709Lords feet with perfume, I know some
710thought it was wasteful, but I remember
711thinking that Jesus Himself has done that
712for each of us. He left Heaven to come
713here to be with us, to teach us what it
714means to truly love.
715
716SONG: BROKEN AND SPILLED OUT
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718CHOIR:
719One day a plain village woman
720Driven by love for her Lord
721Recklessly poured out a valuable essence
722Disregarding the scorn
723
724And once it was broken and spilled out
725A fragrance filled all the room
726Like a prisner released from his shackles
727Like a spirit set free from the tomb.
728
729Broken and spilled out
730Just for love of You, Jesus
731My own precious treasure
732Lavished on Thee
733
(lavished on Thee)
734Broken and spilled out
735And poured at Your feet
736In sweet abandon
737Let me be spilled out and used up for Thee.
738
739Lord, you were Gods precious treasure.
740His love and His own perfect Son.
741Sent here to show me the love of the Father
742Yes, just for love it was done!
743
744And though You were perfect and holy
745
(perfect and holy)
746You gave up Yourself willingly.
747And You spared no expense for my pardon
748You were broken and spilled out
749And wasted for me!
750
751Broken and spilled out
752Just for love of me, Jesus.
753Gods most precious treasure
754Lavished on me.
755Broken and spilled out
756And poured at my feet.
757In sweet abandon

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758Lord, You were spilled out


759And used up for me.
760
761THADDEUS: And now, He who came to share
762our burdens, has a burden thrust upon Him:
763the knowledge that one of us will betray
764Him. Which one of us can it be? Who is
765the traitor? The man we least suspect?
766Or will all of us betray Him before this
767night is through? Philip, Peter, Judas,
768John, and even Thaddeus. Even Thaddeus?
769Is it I? Is it I?
770
771THOMAS: I am Thomas, also called Didymus.
772And I am not the complete skeptic some
773have said, but I do require some evidence
774before committing myself. After all,
775there is no sense in jumping into things.
776Still, once I am committed, Im a man of
777action. I like to think of myself as a
778man of daring, not a man of doubting.
779
780Why, just recently, Mary and Martha sent
781word that their brother, Lazarus, was sick
782and dying. Jesus said we would go to him,
783for Lazarus is one of His closest friends.
784Some of the apostles were afraid to go to
785Bethany for fear of the Jews. It is true
786that there has been growing opposition to
787Jesus and His teachings. There have even
788been threats on His life. Some of the
789others were scared, but I was the one who
790said, Let us go with Him that we may die
791with Him.
792
793But true to human nature, people remember
794only my doubts and forget my daring. They
795remember the questions, but over look the
796affirmations. They remember my faith and
797forget my fears.

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798
799Everywhere we went, Jesus was constantly
800teaching; while we walked, while we
801fished, in the mountains. I can see Him
802now rebuking the windy storm on Galilee,
803healing the sick, and the diseased,
804opening the blind eyes and the deaf ears,
805cleansing the lepers, and always, always
806telling the good news wherever He went.
807
808But now, opposition has grown to a fevered
809pitch. His enemies are determined to
810destroy Him. And why? Because the God he
811reveals is greater than all their petty
812little manmade gods that fill their hearts
813and temples. He would lift us up to God,
814while they would cut God down to their
815size. He would make us Gods servants,
816while they would make God their servant.
817
818And now He says that even among us, the
819twelve that He has chosen, that there is a
820traitor. Is He speaking of me? It
821couldnt be, could it? Is it I, Lord? Is
822it I?
823
824PHILIP: My name is Philip. Like Andrew
825and Peter, I come from Bethsaida in
826Galilee. It was in Galilee that Jesus
827found me and called me to be His disciple.
828Ive been following Him ever since.
829
830I was the one who went and found Nathaniel
831and told Him that Jesus was the promised
832Messiah. Jesus called him to be a
833disciple too. During the three years now
834that Ive had a close friendship with
835Jesus, my faith in God has grown stronger
836and deeper. Ill never forget the day
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838nothing more than a couple of fish and


839five loaves of bread. While I was busy
840calculating what it was going to cost to
841feed that multitude, Andrew was already
842bringing the boy with his small basket of
843food to Jesus. When I saw it, I almost
844laughed. While it was generous of the boy
845to give up his food for the day, how could
846we possibly use his meager meal to feed
847the entire crowd.
848
849But I learned an important lesson. I
850learned that no matter what you bring to
851the Master, no matter how small, He will
852bless it and multiply it to fit the need.
853
854Ive always had a real yearning, a hunger
855to know more about God. But when Jesus
856began teaching about God, our Heavenly
857Father and His kingdom, well, I found that
858it was almost beyond my understanding.
859And yet, as I listened to Him, and watched
860Him live what he taught, well, Ive come
861to understand that each of us, each
862individual, is important to God the
863Father. I now realize that if youve seen
864Jesus, youve seen the Father. Because
865everything you find in the Father, you
866will find in Jesus.
867
868But now, after having seen the Father
869through Him, I am shocked at what Hes
870told us. One of us is going to betray
871Him! Doesnt the traitor realize that in
872betraying Jesus, he is betraying God? How
873blind can he be? How could any of us turn
874our back on Jesus? Yet, if it could be
875any of them, my closest friends, then
876could it be me, Philip? Is it I? Is it
877I?

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878
879JAMES THE GREATER: I am James, the
880brother of John. I followed Jesus with my
881brother after He called us one day almost
882three years ago while we were mending our
883nets by the Sea of Galilee with our
884father, Zebedee. We were honored that
885Jesus wanted us as His disciples, and were
886humbled when He chose both of us to be
887among the twelve.
888
889I was present in Peters home when Jesus
890healed Peters mother-in-law of her fever.
891Later, I was with Him in the home of
892Jairus when Jesus raised his little
893daughter from death. On the Mount of
894Transfiguration, I saw Jesus talking with
895Moses and Elijah.
896
897And its always like that when Im with
898Him. Whenever he is near, I know I am in
899the presence of God standing on Holy
900Ground.
901
902SONG: HOLY GROUND
903
904As I walked in this room, I felt His presence.
905And I knew this was a place where love abounds
906For this is the temple, Jehovah God abides here,
907And we are standing in His presence on Holy Ground.
908
909We are standing on Holy Ground.
910And I know that there are angels all around.
911Let us praise, Jesus now.
912We are standing in His presence on Holy Ground.
913
914In His presence there is joy beyond measure.
915At His feet, peace of mind can still be found.
916If you have a need, I know He has the answer
917Reach out and claim it, for you are standing on Holy Ground.

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918
919We are standing on Holy Ground
920And I know that there are angels, all around.
921Let us praise Jesus now.
922We are standing in His presence
923We are standing in His presence
924We are standing in His presence on Holy Ground.
925
926JAMES THE GREATER: That is why I know in
927my heart that Jesus is the true Messiah
928that He will establish His kingdom.
929Sometimes, I have grown frustrated that He
930wont exercise the power I know He holds.
931Once, when people in Samaria did not
932receive Jesus as I though He should, my
933brother and I asked Him to call down fire
934from heaven to destroy them. He rebuked
935us as only He could, and taught us that
936Gods way was always one of love. Is it
937any wonder that He sometimes calls us the
938Sons of Thunder. We are both hotheaded
939and strong-willed, and sometimes I marvel
940that He puts up with us at all.
941
942Yet, He is the One who taught me the true
943meaning of love and now, He is about to
944be betrayed by one of those whom he loves.
945Who can it be? Why should one of us do
946such a thing? I keep thinking, deep in my
947own heart, Is it I? Is it I?
948
949PETER: I am Peter. The others sometimes
950refer to me as the big fisherman. My
951brother, Andrew, and I were fishing on the
952Sea of Galilee one afternoon, casting our
953nets into the water, when Jesus walked by
954and said, Follow me, and I will make you
955fishers of men. We immediately left our
956nets and followed Him.
957

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958One morning He told me to put out into the


959deep and let down the nets for a catch.
960Now, I had been fishing all night, and
961caught nothing. I have fished the waters
962my entire life and know that there are no
963fish to be netted once the sun is up. I
964tried to explain that to Jesus. Master,
965I said, we have toiled all night and have
966caught nothing, but at your word, I will
967let down the nets.
968
969I couldnt believe what happened next. We
970caught so many fish that we had to summon
971other nearby boats to help us contain the
972catch. When we reached the shore, I fell
973at Jesus feet, and cried out, Depart
974from me, O Lord, for I am a sinful man.
975But He took hold of me and called me to be
976one of his disciples.
977
978In fact, He even changed my name from
979Simon to Peter, which means Rock. And
980when I confessed Him as the Christ, the
981Son of the Living God, He said, Upon this
982rock I will build my Church.
983
984But a moment later, when I protested
985against His going to Jerusalem where I
986knew men were plotting against Him He
987rebuked me and said, Get thee behind me,
988Satan.
989
990So I am a mixture of good and bad, of
991godliness and ungodliness. But I want to
992prove to Him that my love and loyalty and
993devotion are sincere and genuine.
994
995Tonight, when He told us that one of us
996would betray Him, I promised to follow Him
997even unto death if I had to. But He

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998warned me that before the rooster crows


999tomorrow, I will have denied Him three
1000times.
I cant imagine it. How could He
1001think that I would deny Him? I love Him.
1002
1003Even though the others call me the big
1004fisherman, in His presence, I feel small
1005and unworthy. He knows how frail I really
1006am. Will I deny Him tonight as He said?
1007If I do, what will He do? Will He disown
1008me? Will that denial be the betrayal hes
1009talking about? Surely not.
1010
1011If I knew who the scoundrel was that would
1012betray the Lord, Id pierce his heart with
1013this knife I hold in my hand. But maybe
1014it would be my own heart that I would
1015pierce! God grant that it may not be so.
1016Yet, I have to wonder, Lord, is it I? Is
1017it I?
1018
1019JOHN: After Jesus called Peter and Andrew
1020to follow Him, He came to me, and my
1021brother James. We were in the boat nearby
1022with our father, mending our nets. He
1023called us, and we immediately left the
1024boat and our father, and followed Him.
1025Since that time, I have tried to
1026understand Jesus but His love for us
1027overwhelms me.
1028
1029Sometimes, when I look at Him, I see God
1030so clearly, I am awed. And yet, I love
1031Him as a person, just as He loves me.
1032Sometimes, He even calls me the beloved
1033disciple. Can you imagine what its like
1034to know that Jesus loves me that much?
1035
1036I shared His trials as well as His hours
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1038Transfiguration when we beheld his glory.


1039And I traveled with Him to Bethany when He
1040wept over the death of His friend Lazarus.
1041
1042It was Peter and I whom he sent to
1043complete the arrangements for the meal
1044tonight, because He numbers us within His
1045close, inner circle. I was the one He
1046told about His encounter with Nicodemus,
1047when He spoke those wonderful words, For
1048God so loved the world that He gave His
1049only begotten Son, that who so believes in
1050Him shall not perish but have everlasting
1051life.
1052
1053Someday, I want to write down some of His
1054sayings and some of His many wonderful
1055deeds, so others may read them and believe
1056that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
1057If all that He has said is true and I
1058believe that it is, then I know He is
1059leaving us soon. I cant imagine life
1060without Him and I want others to know
1061how very much He loves them.
1062
1063SONG: WRITTEN IN RED
1064
1065CHOIR:
1066In letters of crimson, God wrote His love
1067On a hillside so long, long ago.
1068For you and for me, Jesus died
1069And Loves greatest story was told.
1070
1071I love you,
1072I love you
1073Thats what Calvary said
1074I love you
1075I love you, written in red.
1076
1077Down through the ages, God wrote His love

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1078With the same hands that suffered and bled.


1079Giving all He had to give
1080
(giving all)
1081A message so easily read.
1082
1083I love you,
1084I love you,
1085Thats what Calvary said.
1086I love you
1087I love you
1088I love you written in red.
1089
1090Oh precious is the flow
1091
(precious flow)
1092That makes me white as snow
1093There is no other fount I know
1094
(no other fount I know)
1095Nothing but the blood of Jesus
1096
1097I love you
1098I love you
1099Thats what Calvary said
1100I love you
1101I love you
1102I love you written in red.
1103I love you.
1104
1105JOHN: Now, He has just said that one of
1106us is a betrayer. I cant believe it.
1107Yet it must be so, else He would not have
1108said it. Who could it be? Surely not my
1109brother, James. Not Peter or Andrew.
1110Could it be John, the beloved disciple?
1111Is it I? Is it I?
1112
1113JUDAS: All of the others come from
1114Galilee, but my home is in the village of
1115Kerioth in Judaea. Hence, I am known as
1116Judas of Kerioth, or Judas Iscariot. I am
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1118
1119The others must have confidence in me,
1120because they elected me as their
1121treasurer. And Jesus surely must have
1122believed in me, because He chose me as one
1123of the twelve. Despite what the others
1124say behind my back, about my impatience
1125and stinginess and ambition, He believed
1126in me. If He hadnt, he would have chosen
1127someone else in my place.
1128
1129Some say that I have appropriated funds
1130for my own use, and that Jesus words
1131about the love of money and greed were
1132personally directed at me. Others keep
1133reminding me that Jesus was referring to
1134me when He said, Did I choose you twelve
1135and one of you is a devil? Of course I
1136complained when Mary dumped that expensive
1137perfume on His feet. I still think it was
1138a waste of money. And if I conspired with
1139the chief priests, and if I have thirty
1140pieces of silver on my person thats my
1141affair.
1142
1143You have to understand. I believe in
1144Jesus but someone has to force the
1145issue, make Him assert Himself as Gods
1146Messiah. He refused to make a move.
1147Well, Ive made one. He hints that He
1148knows what Ive done.
He said so when He
1149washed my feet a few moments ago, and when
1150we dipped our bread in the same dish. But
1151I have my reasons.
1152
1153My soul isnt as black as some may think
1154it is nor is your soul as white! What
1155would you do if you were in my place and
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1157startling to usher in His kingdom. What


1158would you do?
1159
1160And if you were in His place what would
1161you do? Should I ignore His remark, or,
1162like the others, should I piously and
1163self-righteously ask myself, Is it I? Is
1164it I?
1165
1166STAGING NOTE: Lights come up on scene.
1167Apostles are still in frozen position and
1168slowly break pose while still responding
1169to Jesus initial announcement. As the
1170tension breaks Judas leaps to his feet.
1171Jesus meets his gaze.
1172
1173JESUS: What you are about to do, do
1174quickly.
1175
1176STAGING NOTE: Judas rushes from the room.
1177The others watch him, bewildered.
1178
1179NARRATOR: Then Jesus took the bread, and
1180gave thanks.
1181
1182JESUS: (Stands) Our Father, who art in
1183Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom
1184come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is
1185in Heaven. Give us this day our daily
1186bread, and forgive us our debts as we
1187forgive our debtors. Lead us not into
1188temptation, but deliver us from evil, for
1189Thine is the kingdom and the glory and
1190power forever, amen. (He sits and breaks
1191the bread, passing it to either side of
1192him)
1193
1194This is my body which is broken for you
1195do this in remembrance of me.
1196

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1197STAGING NOTE: Ushers will pass the bread


1198to the congregation at this time.
1199Apostles, still visibly taken aback, will
1200pass the bread among themselves.
1201
1202SONG: Gods Sacrifice
1203
1204SOLO:
1205Walking down that dusty road
1206Headed for a hill
1207Some were laughing
1208Some were crying
1209And others wondered if He was real.
1210
1211Beneath the burden of the cross
1212He bore our shame
1213And on the cross from head to toe
1214He felt out pain
1215
1216SOLO AND CHOIR:
1217He was wounded
1218Now we are healed
1219He was bruised
1220Now we have life
1221What was our punishment
1222He took upon Himself
1223And became Gods sacrifice.
1224
1225SOLO:
1226He wouldnt drink the medicine
1227From that bitter cup
1228His heart was aching
1229His body breaking
1230And life was giving up
1231
1232The sky turned dark, there in the rain
1233He bore our shame
1234And on the cross
1235From head to toe
1236He felt our pain.

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1237
1238SOLO AND CHOIR:
1239He was wounded
1240Now we are healed
1241He was bruised
1242Now we have life
1243What was our punishment
1244He took upon Himself
1245And became Gods sacrifice.
1246
1247CHOIR:
1248He was wounded for our transgressions
1249He was bruised for our iniquities
1250
1251SOLO AND CHOIR:
1252What was our punishment
1253He took upon Himself
1254And became Gods sacrifice.
1255
1256Satan thought hed won the victory
1257Jesus came back to life
1258Holding the keys!
1259To death, hell and the grave
1260
1261Blessed be His name
1262He reins in majesty, Majesty
1263
1264He was wounded
1265
(He was wounded)
1266Now we are healed
1267
(now we are healed)
1268He was bruised
1269
(He was bruised)
1270Now we have life
1271
(Now we have life)
1272What was our punishment
1273
(What was our punishment)
1274He took upon Himself
1275He took our shame
1276Glory to His name

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1277Because of Calvary
1278Well live eternally
1279Praise Him for His sacrifice.
1280
1281JESUS: Take now and eat. (LIFTS THE CUP)
1282This cup is the new covenant of my blood,
1283which is poured out for you.
1284
1285STAGING NOTE: Ushers will pass the cup to
1286the congregation. Apostles react to each
1287other and Jesus.
1288
1289SONG: WHEN I SURVEY THE WOUNDROUS CROSS
1290
1291CHOIR:
1292When I survey the wondrous cross
1293On which the Prince of Glory died
1294My richest gain I count but loss
1295And pour contempt on all my pride
1296
1297Forbid it Lord that I should boast
1298Save in the death of Christ my God
1299All the vain things that charm me most
1300I sacrifice them to His blood.
1301
1302See, from His head, His hands, His feet
1303Sorrow and love flow mingled down
1304Did eer such love and sorrow meet
1305Or thorns compose so rich a crown
1306
1307Were the whole realm of nature mine
1308That were a present far too small
1309Love so amazing, so divine
1310Demands my soul, my life, my all
1311
1312JESUS: Take now and drink. (puts down
1313the cup, rises to leave) I tell you, I
1314will not drink of this fruit of the vine
1315again until that day when I drink it anew
1316with you in my Fathers Kingdom.

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1317
1318STAGING NOTE: -- During final song, Jesus
1319embraces the disciples and exits. They
1320watch in silence as He leaves back up the
1321center aisle.
1322
1323SONG: AT CALVARY:
1324
1325CHOIR:
1326Years I spent in vanity and pride
1327Caring not my Lord was crucified
1328Not knowing that it was for me He died
1329On Calvary
1330
1331By Gods word at last my sin I learned
1332Then I trembled at the law Id spurned
1333Until my guilty soul imploring turned
1334To Calvary
1335
1336Mercy there was great and grace was free!
1337Pardon there was multiplied to me
1338There, my burdened soul found liberty
1339At Calvary
1340
1341Now, Ive given to Jesus everything.
1342Now, I gladly own Him as my King
1343Now, my raptured soul can only sing
1344Of Calvary
1345Of Calvary
1346
1347Oh, the love that drew salvations plan
1348Oh wondrous grace that brought it down to man
1349Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary
1350
1351Mercy there was great and grace was free
1352Pardon there was multiplied to me
1353There, my burdened soul found liberty
1354At Calvary
1355
1356There my burdened soul found liberty

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1358
1359STAGING NOTE:
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