1.The Birth Of Jesus (top line)
After thousands of years, it finally happened. One night, an angel from God came to a young woman named Mary. The angel told her she would bear a son, and that she was to name Him Jesus. “How can this be?” she asked, “for I am a virgin.” The angel told her that the Spirit of God would come upon her and the child would be conceived. And He would be called “the Son of God.” In time, The Savior Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. There were many signs from God that this child was the promised deliverer. Angels spoke to shepherds. Wise men from an eastern land followed a special star. They came to worship the newborn deliverer. The prophecies were being fulfilled and the deliverer was God Himself, in human form!
2.The Baptism, Temptation and Ministry Of Jesus
Jesus remained without sin and when he was about 30 years old, a preacher named John told people to turn from their sins. When people accepted John’s message, they were baptized in water. Though he was without sin, Jesus was also baptized and God’s voice spoke from heaven, “This is my beloved son.” Jesus was then tempted by the devil in the desert, but overcame all these tests. Jesus called 12 men to be his disciples. In the power of God’s Spirit, he taught people with wonderful stories, healed the sick and even raised the dead (man in white cloths). One time, the people gave him a great welcome as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. All of these things demonstrated that Jesus was the promised deliverer.
3.The Last Meal of Jesus (4th line)
Jesus came to Jerusalem for a festival called Passover. Some religious leaders thought highly of Jesus but others were jealous and concerned. Jesus was more popular than these leaders and some people wanted to make Jesus king. Finally, Jesus celebrated the special Passover meal with his 12 disciples and gave the bread and wine to them, saying the bread represented his body and the wine his blood. One disciple, Judas, (in the yellow robe) left them and was given money by the religious leaders to betray Jesus. Jesus told his disciples everything that was soon to happen to him.
4.The Arrest, Trial, Flogging, Mocking and Crucifixion of Jesus (5th – 6th lines)
Jesus went to a nearby garden and prayed in agony of soul. His disciples fell asleep. Then Judas (in yellow robe with money bag) came with the religious leaders and armed guards. The disciples tried to stop Jesus being arrested, but Jesus went of his own will. The Hebrew leaders accused him of blasphemy and took him to the regional governor, Pilate. Seeing that Jesus was innocent of any charge deserving death, Pilate wanted to free Jesus, but the leaders objected. Pilate asked the people what to do with Jesus but the religious leaders stirred the crowd to shout, “crucify him!” So Pilate washed his hands saying that the Hebrews were guilty of this innocent man’s death. Pilate told the soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip. The soldiers mocked Jesus, saying “Hail, King!” Then they put a heavy wooden beam on his shoulders to carry to the place of execution. Jesus was then nailed to the cross. He prayed “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.” At the cross Jesus took our sin upon Himself. He paid the penalty for our sin. He became our substitute. Then Jesus said, “It is accomplished” and died. Then a soldier pierced his body with a spear to make sure he was dead. Like the nomad man watching Jesus, we too can see that God’s promises were being fulfilled, to send his promised deliverer to save us from sin, death and the devil.