Readers Theater - Golgotha
Based on Luke 23:26-38

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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READER 1 As they led him away,
READER 2 away from Pilate's judgment hall,
READER 3 away from the soldiers' mocking
READER 2 and lacerating scourge
READER 3 and began the journey from the Praetorium to the place of execution.
READER 1 Jesus begins to carry his cross-beam,
READER 2 But stumbles and falls
READER 3 stumbles and falls
READER 1 Weak from blood loss
READER 2 Too weak to carry the heavy beam on his own bloody shoulders.
READER 1 They seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country,
READER 2 and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
READER 1 Jesus in front
READER 2 Followed by Simon
READER 3 Carrying Jesus' cross.
READER 1 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
READER 2 Weeping
READER 3 Mourning
READER 2 Wailing
READER 3 Crying
READER 1 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
READER 2 Weep for yourselves
READER 3 And for your children
READER 1 For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'
READER 2 Blessed are the childless
READER 3 For their children will not suffer the horror that is to come.
READER 1 Then " 'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!"
READER 2 And to the hills, "Cover us!" '
READER 1 For if men do these things when the tree is green,
READER 3 what will happen when it is dry?"
READER 1 Green wood has a tough time burning
READER 2 But dry wood supports a blazing fire
READER 1 If such a horror is visited upon innocent Jesus in the streets of Jerusalem
READER 3 How great a horror will be visited upon guilty Jerusalem?
READER 1 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
READER 2 Two other men
READER 3 Both criminals
READER 2 Thieves
READER 3 Robbers
READER 1 Followed in the procession to the killing place.
READER 2 Golgotha
READER 3 Called "the place of the Skull"
READER 1 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left.
READER 2 They nailed his hands
READER 3 They nailed his feet
READER 1 And stretched him out upon a cross,
READER 2 Suspended between sky and earth
READER 3 To die a tortured death
READER 2 To die
READER 3 A tortured death
READER 1 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
READER 2 Father
READER 3 Father
READER 2 Forgive them
READER 3 Forgive them
READER 2 For they do not know what they are doing.
READER 1 And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
READER 2 They gambled for his bloody garments that remained.
READER 3 To the victor go the paltry spoils.
READER 1 The people stood watching,
READER 2 And the rulers even sneered at him.
READER 1 They said, "He saved others;
READER 2 let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."
READER 1 The soldiers also came up and mocked him.
READER 2 They offered him wine vinegar
READER 1 and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
READER 2 "If you are the king of the Jews,
READER 3 save yourself."
READER 1 There was a written notice above him, which read:
READER 2 this is the king of the Jews.
READER 1 This is the King
READER 2 This is the King of the Jews
READER 3 This is the King ...
ALL Of us all.

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