Each year at about this time, churches all around the world prepare for their celebrations that lead up to the great feast of Easter. Many churches do a dramatic reading of the passion stories from one or more of the Gospels. It’s typical for the pastor to play the part of Jesus, someone else to play the role of a narrator, and still another individual to play the parts of the disciples. Who gets stuck with the part of the angry mob yelling, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Yep, the peons in the pews!
Here’s a question worth asking… What does this distribution of roles in the passion reading say about the church as the Body of Christ? Do the people really have to be stuck with the role of the rabble? There’s really no good reason for it, and there is actually a very good reason to give them the role of Jesus. Come to think of it, why not have everyone read the lines that Jesus speaks? We are, after all, the Body of Christ!
My suggestion is that you mix it up this year. Give the Jesus role to everyone. Now the question remains about what to do with the angry mob and the other villains in the story. Do you give them to the pastor as a sign of humility? Maybe you need to find a thick-skinned congregation member with a good sense of humor to take those roles. Perhaps a small group can represent the crowd. Give it some thought. Gather a creative group and pump some new life into your Easter preparation this year. This could be a great way to teach a small piece of what it means to be the Body of Christ.
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