The Easter Story with Lego

In SJ Club we have been looking at the events that lead up to Easter during September and October. This is a slightly unusual time, but gave us the chance to explore some of the main events of Easter week, but without the need to do them during the week!

The series finished on 9th October with Rob McKinley presenting the crucifixion using Lego to tell the story from Luke 23, Matthew 27 and John 20. To help those at the back who might have had trouble seeing the figures he prepared a series of pictures which were on the screen behind him.

We thought they were so good we should share them.

  • Then the whole group of Jewish leaders who had been questioning Jesus stood up and led Jesus to Pilate who was the Roman governor, a powerful man who could make judgements. They began to accuse Jesus. They told Pilate, “We caught this man telling things that were confusing our people. He says that we should not pay taxes to Caesar. He calls himself the Christ, a king.”
  • Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Yes, that is right.”… Pilate called all the people together with the leading priests and the Jewish leaders. He said to them, “You brought this man to me. You said that he was making trouble among the people. But I have questioned him before you all, and I have not found him guilty of the things you say. …. Look, he has done nothing for which he should die.
  • Every year at the time of Passover the governor would free one person from prison…At that time there was a man in prison who was known to be very bad. His name was Barabbas.… But the leading priests and elders told the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be freed and for Jesus to be killed.
  • Pilate said, “I have Barabbas and Jesus. Which do you want me to set free for you?” The people answered, “Barabbas!” Pilate asked, “What should I do with Jesus, the one called the Christ?” They all answered, “Kill him on a cross!” Pilate asked, “Why do you want me to kill him? What wrong has he done?” But they shouted louder, “Kill him on a cross!”
  • Pilate saw that he could do nothing about this, and a riot was starting. So he took some water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. Then he said, “I am not guilty of this man’s death. You are the ones who are causing it!”...
  • Then Pilate freed Barabbas. Pilate told some of the soldiers to beat Jesus with whips. Then he gave Jesus to the soldiers to be killed on a cross.
  • … At that time, there was a man coming into the city from the fields. His name was Simon, and he was from the city of Cyrene. The soldiers forced Simon to carry Jesus’ cross and walk behind him. A large crowd of people was following Jesus. Some of the women were sad and crying…
  • There were also two criminals led out with Jesus to be killed. Jesus and the two criminals were taken to a place called the Skull. There the soldiers nailed Jesus to his cross. They also nailed the criminals to their crosses, one beside Jesus on the right and the other beside Jesus on the left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” The soldiers threw lots to decide who would get his clothes. The people stood there watching. The leaders made fun of Jesus. They said, “If he is God’s Chosen One, the Christ, then let him save himself. He saved other people, didn’t he?”… One of the criminals began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Christ? Then save yourself! And save us too!”
  • But the other criminal stopped him. He said, “You should fear God! You are getting the same punishment as he is. We are punished justly; we should die. But this man has done nothing wrong!” Then this criminal said to Jesus, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!” Then Jesus said to him, “Listen! What I say is true: Today you will be with me in paradise!”
  • It was about noon, and the whole land became dark until three o’clock in the afternoon. There was no sun! The curtain in the Temple was torn into two pieces. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, I give you my life.” After Jesus said this, he died. The army officer there saw what happened. He praised God, saying, “I know this was a good man!”
  • Many people had gathered there to watch this thing. When they saw what happened, they returned home. They beat their chests because they were so sad. Those who were close friends of Jesus were there. Some were women who had followed Jesus from Galilee. They all stood far away from the cross and watched.
  • A man from the Jewish town of Arimathea was there, too. His name was Joseph. He was a good, religious man. He wanted the kingdom of God to come. Joseph was a member of the Jewish council, but he had not agreed when the other leaders decided to kill Jesus. Joseph went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. So Joseph took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in cloth. Then he put Jesus’ body in a tomb that was cut in a wall of rock…
  • The women who had come from Galilee with Jesus followed Joseph. They saw the tomb and saw inside where the body of Jesus was laid. Then the women left to prepare perfumes and spices…
  • The tomb was sealed because it was night time and then the Sabbath, day of rest
  • Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. It was still dark. Mary saw that the large stone had been moved away from the tomb.
  • So Mary ran to Simon Peter and another disciple. Mary said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb. We don’t know where they have put him.”
  • So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. They were both running, but the other follower ran faster than Peter…and reached the tomb first. He bent down and looked in. He saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in.
  • Then following him came Simon Peter. He went into the tomb and saw the strips of linen lying there… Then the other follower, who had reached the tomb first, also went in. He saw and believed...
  • Then the followers went back home. But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. While she was still crying, she bent down and looked inside the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white. They were sitting where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and one at the feet. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
  • She answered, “They have taken away my Lord. I don’t know where they have put him.” When Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know that it was Jesus… Jesus said to her, “Mary.”…
  • Mary Magdalene went and said to the followers, “I saw the Lord!” And she told them what Jesus had said to her.
  • When it was evening on the first day of the week, Jesus’ followers were together. The doors were locked, because they were afraid of the elders. Then Jesus came and stood right in the middle of them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. His followers were thrilled when they saw the Lord.
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