This is a great little skit that would be good to perform in class during the weeks leading up to Easter. It was taken directly from the NASB version of Luke 22:39-53. Before you start, talk with the children about how to listen to the words of the script and try to act out what is being read. This skit can be done as simply as having the kids acting out the parts with no props or costumes and the teacher or another student to read the entire script. It could also be part of a full-blown production with props, costumes, and having the actors memorize their lines. Have fun with it!
chief priests & officers of the temple
Narrator: And Jesus came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. When He arrived at the place, He said to them,
Jesus: Pray that you may not enter into temptation.
Narrator: And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying,
Jesus: Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.
Narrator: Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, and said to them,
Jesus: Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.
Narrator: While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him,
Jesus: Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?
Narrator: When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said,
Peter: Lord, shall we strike with the sword?
Narrator: And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said,
Jesus: Stop! No more of this.
Narrator: And He touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him,
Jesus: Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber? While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.
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