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EASTER PROPHECIES FULFILLED – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Jesus’ death & resurrection, gospel message
Style: an Easter program with scriptures,
. optional soliloquys, and songs (recommended
. for soloists, choir or congregation)
SCRIPTURE: Ps.16:10, 22:1,7-8,16-18, 68:18, 78:2, 118:22;
. Is.9:1-2, 35:4-6, 40:3, 42:1-3, 52:4,14, 53:5;
. Zch.9:9; Mal.3:1; Mt.3:1-3; 4:12-14,23,
. 12:14-17, 13:34-35, 21:1-4, 26:39,
. 27:35,39,43,46, 28:6; Lk.24:50-53;
. Jhn19:1,18,24,33-36; Eph.2:19-22; Heb.5:7
Readers: OLD TESTAMENT READER, NEW TESTAMENT READER
Cast: ANDREW; MATTHEW; MARY MAGDELAN; PETER;
. PILATE; MARY (mother); NICODEMUS;
. THOMAS; WITNESS (from modern times)
Set & Props: scroll, Bible
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SONG 1: “ONE DAY” by J. Wilbur Ghapman
. and Charles H. Marsh
. OR “The Word Made Flesh”
. by John Purifoy & Joseph Barlowe
ANDREW (enters during song) I could only marvel
. at the sight of Jesus. My discipleship
. originally began with John the Baptist.
. While serving with him to spread the message
. of the coming Messiah to the people,
. I clearly remember the day when
. Jesus approached John to be baptized.
. John felt completely unworthy to do so,
. but Jesus said that this WAS to be done
. in order to fulfill all righteousness.
. Jesus was our living example. God in flesh.
. As Jesus was leaving, I overheard John say,
. “Behold, the Lamb of God!” What compelled me
. to then follow Jesus? It wasn’t just John’s
. words, but God’s power behind them.
. God used John the Baptist to prepare the way.
. (exits during readings)
OT 1a The prophecy that John the Baptist 2
. would prepare the people for Jesus’s ministry
. is found in Malachi (3:1) and Isaiah (40:3) -
. “Behold, I am going to send My messenger,
. and he will clear the way before Me
. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly
. come to His temple...” It will be –
(OT 1b) “A voice is calling, ‘Clear the way for
. the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth
. in the desert a highway for our God.’”
NT 1c Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 3:1-3 –
. “Now in those days John the Baptist came,
. preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
. ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is
. at hand.’ For this is the one referred to
. by Isaiah the prophet...”
SONG 2: “GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD” by John Stainer
MATTHEW (enters during song) I had been living
. a very selfish life, cheating people
. as I collected taxes from the citizens
. of Capernaum; when this Man, Jesus,
. moved in and made this place His hometown.
. At first I could not understand why
. He had such an enthusiastic following;
. but I wanted nothing to do with Him,
. until one day, as Jesus and His disciples
. were walking by, Jesus looked right at me –
. like looking into my very soul –
. and He said, “Follow me.” How could I not?
. Jesus forgave all of my sins, and wanted me
. to be a disciple of His. Me, Matthew,
. a hated and accursed tax collector
. from Capernaum. (exits during readings)
OT 2a The prophecy of Jesus using Capernaum as His
. hometown during His ministry is found in
. Isaiah (9:1-2)– “But there will be
. no more gloom for her who was in anguish;
. in earlier times He treated the land of
. Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt,
. but later on He shall make it glorious,
. by the way of the sea, on the other side
. of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.
. The people who walk in darkness will see
. a great light; Those who live in a dark land,
. The light will shine on them.”
NT 2b Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 4:12-14 – 3
. “Now when Jesus heard that John had been
. taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee;
. and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled
. in Capernaum, which is by the sea,
. in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.
. This was to fulfill what was spoken
. through Isaiah the prophet...”
SONG 3: “JESUS CALLS US”
. by Cecil F. Alexander & William H. Jude
MARY M. (enters during song) The sweetest name
. on earth – Jesus! He saved me from a
. life of bondage, and forgave all my sins.
. Not that I was perfect after that point,
. but His perfect love kept me in fellowship,
. as a child of God forever. Me, Mary Magdalan,
. once possessed by demons, once a prostitute.
. It does not matter what you’ve done – NOTHING
. is too great for Him to forgive. And nothing
. is too great for Him to heal. Jesus healed
. people in order to demonstrate that He was
. the Son of God. That He had the power and
. authority – not just to heal people -
. but to conquer death – that He had the power
. to forgive all sins. (stays during readings)
OT 3a The prophecy of Jesus healing people
. is found in Isaiah (35:4-6) – “Say to those
. with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not.
. Behold, your God will come...
. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
. And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And
. the tongue of the mute will shout for joy...”
NT 3b Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 4:23 –
. “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee,
. teaching in their synagogues and
. proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
. and healing every kind of disease
. and every kind of sickness among the people.”
MARY M. People were also eager to follow Him so that
. they could hear His words of wisdom, and
. His parables. Oh, how they wondered at His
. many stories, and about the possible mysteries
. contained within. (stays during readings)
OT 3c The prophecy of Jesus speaking in parables 4
. is found in the Psalms (78:2) –
. “I will open my mouth in a parable;
. I will utter dark sayings of old.”
NT 3d Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 13:34-35 –
. “All these things Jesus spoke
. to the crowds in parables,
. and He did not speak to them
. without a parable.
. This was to fulfill
. what was spoken through the prophet...”
MARY M. But Jesus was not so popular amongst
. ALL the people, especially amongst most
. of the Pharisees. THEY did not appreciate
. the authority that Jesus claimed, or how
. Jesus attracted such a large following. This
. threatened THEIR power and positions of rank.
. Right from the very beginning, there were many
. plots against Him... with the most diabolical
. intentions of putting Jesus to death.
. (exits during readings)
OT 3e The prophecy of Jesus proclaiming and
. providing victory in spite of the unjust plans
. to put Him to death is found in Isaiah (42:1-3)
. “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold;
. My chosen one in whom My soul delights
. I have put My Spirit upon Him;
. He will bring forth justice to the nations.
. ‘He will not cry out or raise His voice,
. Nor make His voice heard in the street.
. A bruised reed He will not break, and
. a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
. He will faithfully bring forth justice.’”
NT 3f Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 12:14-17 –
. “But the Pharisees went out and conspired
. against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
. But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there.
. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,
. and warned them not to tell who He was.
. This was to fulfill what was spoken
. through Isaiah the prophet.”
SONG 4: “HOSANNA, LOUD HOSANNA”
. by Jenette Threlfall & Bruce Greer
PETER (enters during song) One day, Jesus 5
. said to me, “...you are Peter, and upon
. this rock I will build My church; and
. the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
. At that point, I was still prideful, and
. did not understand what Jesus intended to do.
. Like when Jesus entered Jerusalem, presenting
. Himself as our King – riding in on a donkey!
. A humble donkey? Now, why not a horse –
. signifying power? We were expecting – we were
. hoping – that Jesus our Messiah would lead us
. into battle against the Romans to reclaim
. our land. Little did we know that He came
. to bring us PEACE - but not a worldly peace
. devoid of violence, He was going to provide
. a much deeper peace - meant for the soul.
. A spiritual peace for ALL people. Of course,
. this was a very difficult concept for me
. to grasp. This peace requires one to humble
. one’s self to the King of kings... the King
. of kings who led by example. (stays)
OT 4a The prophecy of Jesus riding in on a donkey
. is found in Zechariah (9:9) -
. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
. Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
. Behold, your king is coming to you;
. He is just and endowed with salvation,
. Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
. Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
NT 4b Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 21:1-4 –
. “When they had approached Jerusalem
. and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount
. of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
. saying to them, ‘Go into the village
. opposite you, and immediately you will find
. a donkey tied there and a colt with her;
. untie them and bring them to Me...”
PETER But the people did not accept Jesus as
. their King. Instead, they plotted against Him
. in order to put Him to death. When they came
. to arrest Jesus, while we were praying
. at the Garden of Gethsemane, I actually
. thought that I could stop this from happening.
. Who am I to stop God’s will from being
. carried out? This was the plan all along.
. Jesus came to suffer and die for our sins.
. (exits during readings)
OT 4c The prophecy of Jesus suffering for our 6
. sins is found in Isaiah (52:14 & 53:4-5) –
. “Just as many were astonished at you,
. My people, So His appearance
. was marred more than any man
. And His form more than the sons of men.”
(OT 4d) (53:4-5) “Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
. And our sorrows He carried;
. Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
. Smitten of God, and afflicted.
. But He was pierced through
. for our transgressions, He was crushed
. for our iniquities; The chastening
. for our well-being fell upon Him,
. And by His scourging we are healed.”
NT 4e Prophecy fulfilled. John 19:1, and 18 –
. “Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him.”
. “There they crucified Him,
. and with Him two other men,
. one on either side, and Jesus in between.”
SONG 5: “O SACRED HEAD, NOW WOUNDED” by Paul Gerhardt
. James W.Alexander, Hans Leo Hassler & J.S.Bach
PILATE (enters during song) As the Roman governor
. of this region, even though I had the authority,
. I was unable to stop the injustice. I could
. see that this Man, named Jesus, was innocent.
. But the Israelites insisted that He should
. be crucified. I tried reasoning with them.
. I tried delaying the process. I even had Him
. scourged – thinking that THIS would be enough
. to satisfy their appetite for blood. As it was
. their feast, it was customary for me to release
. a prisoner of their choice. I offered them
. either Jesus or Barabbas. I figured surely
. they would not choose Barabbas, the worst known
. criminal in prison. But they did. And I,
. Pilate, let the people have what they wanted.
. The guilt! I tried washing my hands of this.
. If I could only wash the guilt from my soul.
. Perhaps this Jesus is the answer. When I saw
. Him on the cross, I ordered a sign be put up
. so all would know that this Jesus - was - King.
. The chief priests wanted me to change the sign
. to say “He SAID I am King of the Jews,” but I
. remained firm on this. The sign should say –
. “The King of the Jews.” (exit during readings)
OT 5a The prophecy of Jesus being crucified
. is found in the Psalms (22:16) –
. “For dogs have surrounded me;
. A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
. They pierced My hands and My feet.”
NT 5b Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 27:35
. “And - (when) - they had crucified Him...”
SONG 6: “WERE YOU THERE” a traditional spiritual
MARY (enters during song) It was so difficult
. to watch everything that my son, Jesus,
. went through. And some of the people made
. such sport out of it. How could they?
. Could they not see who He really was?
. (stays during readings)
OT 6a The prophecy of the soldiers gambling over
. Jesus’ garments is found in the Psalms (22:18)
. “They divide my garments among them,
. And for my clothing they cast lots.”
NT 6b Prophecy fulfilled. John 19:24 –
. “So they said to one another,
. ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it,
. to decide whose it shall be’...”
MARY Although Jesus came from my womb,
. I cannot take any of the credit.
. I was merely a human vessel, imperfect,
. sinful – and in need of salvation -
. as much as anyone else. Jesus was not
. really MY son, He is GOD’S Son.
. Jesus is God’s perfectly obedient Son
. who came to pay the price
. for all our sins -
. even those sins that took place
. on that day. (stays during readings)
OT 6c The prophecy of Jesus being ridiculed
. is found in the Psalms (22:7-8) –
. “All who see me sneer at me;
. They separate with the lip,
. they wag the head, saying,
. ‘Commit yourself to the LORD;
. let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him,
. because He delights in him.’”
NT 6d Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 27:39, 43 – 8
. “And those passing by were hurling abuse
. at Him, wagging their heads -
. ‘HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now,
. IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM;
. for He said, 'I am the Son of God.’”
MARY As Jesus hung on the cross, I looked on,
. knowing that He had the power to come down,
. but chose - not to. Still, my heart ached.
. My entire body ached. Then, at some point,
. Jesus looked down at me and said, “Woman,
. behold your son.” And then said to John,
. one of His disciples, “Behold your mother!”
. John then saw how much I was suffering, and
. took me away from there. Even in His own
. suffering, Jesus cared and knew that
. I needed to be comforted, AND that I needed
. to go – and let go – give everything to God.
. Jesus was going to finish what He had to do,
. so that all people, including myself,
. could find eternal comfort and protection.
. And what He did in His death – for us –
. was something only He, alone, could do. (exits)
OT 6e The prophecy of Jesus bearing the world’s
. sins ALONE is found in the Psalms (22:1) –
. “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
. Far from my deliverance
. are the words of my groaning.”
NT 6f Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 27:46 -
. “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out
. with a loud voice, saying,
. ‘ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?’ that is,
. ‘MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?’”
SONG 7: “AT THE CROSS”
. by Isaac Watts & Ralph E. Hudson
NICODEMUS (enters during song) Joseph of Arimathea
. and I were both secret followers of Jesus.
. Having a family tomb available, Joseph was
. determined to get Pilate’s permission to
. properly bury Him, so we were at the cross
. of Jesus – watching – waiting.
. As it was the Day of Preparation,
. Pilate did not want the bodies hanging
. on the crosses over the Sabbath.
(NICODEMUS continues.) 9
NICODEMUS In order to speed up the process,
. he ordered the soldiers to break the legs
. of those still alive. Reaching Jesus,
. they found Him already dead, because Jesus had
. willingly given up His spirit just moments ago.
. To make sure, the soldiers pierced His side
. with a spear, and saw that there was already
. water mixed in with the blood that came out.
. This was proof that He had died.
. (exits during readings)
OT 7a The prophecy of Jesus not having any
. broken bones is found in the Psalms (22:17) -
. “I can count all my bones.
. They look, they stare at me;”
NT 7b Prophecy fulfilled. John 19:33-36 –
. “but coming to Jesus,
. when they saw that He was already dead,
. they did not break His legs...”
SONG 8: “CHRIST AROSE” by Robert Lowry
THOMAS (enters during song) When I heard that Jesus
. was no longer in the tomb, and that He
. had risen, I did not want to believe this.
. I was called Doubting Thomas because
. I claimed I would NOT believe this until
. I had not ONLY SEEN, but put my fingers
. into the nail prints and His pierced side.
. Jesus was not there when I said that,
. but He heard. He came. Jesus told me
. not to be unbelieving – but to believe.
. Jesus also said that - “Blessed are they
. who did not see, and yet believed.”
. Now when I think about it, there is so much
. evidence of His resurrection. I could have
. trusted what my fellow disciples told me.
. Or remembered the words that Jesus told us
. before His crucifixion – about how He would
. rise again. Even the Old Testament
. gives evidence of this. (exit during readings)
OT 8a The prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection
. is found in the Psalms (16:10 and 22:22) –
. “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;”
. (22:22) “Nor will You allow Your Holy One
. to undergo decay...”
NT 8b Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 28:6 –
. “He is not here, for He has risen,
. just as He said...”
SONG 9: “REJOICE, THE LORD IS KING”
. by Charles Wesley, John Darwall
. & Camp Kirkland
WITNESS (enters during song) There were many people
. who were witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection,
. as well as His ascension to heaven. And now,
. over two thousand years later, it’s as if
. I was there to see this for myself –
. because not only are these events
. and eyewitness accounts recorded
. in the Bible in the New Testament – these
. events were prophesied in the Old Testament –
. hundreds, and some thousands, of years
. before all this even took place. (stays)
OT 9a The prophecy of Jesus’ ascension
. is found in the Psalms (68:18) –
. “You have ascended on high,
. You have led captive Your captives;
. You have received gifts among men,
. Even among the rebellious also,
. that the LORD God may dwell there.”
NT 9b Prophecy fulfilled. Luke 24:50-53 –
. “And He led them out as far as Bethany,
. and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
. While He was blessing them,
. He parted from them and was carried up
. into heaven. And they, after worshiping Him,
. returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
. and were continually in the temple
. praising God.”
WITNESS Jesus was victorious over death
. and now sits on the throne in glory,
. as the foundation of salvation - so that
. we might enjoy eternal life through Him.
. All we have to do is believe. (exits)
OT 9c The prophecy of Jesus being rejected
. as the corner stone is found
. in the Psalms (118:22) –
. “The stone which the builders rejected
. Has become the chief corner stone.”
NT 9d Prophecy fulfilled – 11
. in Ephesians 2:19-22 –
. so when you find eternal salvation
. through believing in Jesus Christ. –
. “...you are no longer strangers
. and aliens, but you are fellow citizens
. with the saints, and are of God's household,
. having been built on the foundation
. of the apostles and prophets,
. Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,
. in whom the whole building,
. being fitted together,
. is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,
. in whom you also are being built together
. into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
SONG 10: “THE DAY OF RESURRECTION” by Henry T.Smart,
. John of Damascus & John M.Neale