Good Friday Scripts

The joy of Easter is so wonderful it’s natural to want to simply focus on the resurrection. However, it’s important to take time to remember the terrible three days before the tomb was found empty. This Reader’s Theatre script helps to guide the congregation into Good Friday to remember the suffering of Christ and to take a moment to pray for those who still suffer for his Name.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 4

As Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus prepare Jesus' body for burial, they discuss their disappointment after losing the man they believed to be the Messiah.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 5

This Readers Theatre for Easter focuses on the debt that Jesus paid on the cross so that we no longer have to be separated from our God.

Actors: 3 Minutes: 3

In this scene, the crucifixion is retold through the eyes of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Thief on the cross, and Nicodemus. This script can stand alone as part of a Good Friday service or can be combined with the other scenes from The Easter Story series.

Actors: 3 Minutes: 5

In this hour-long Easter play, we see snapshots from the lives of four inspiring, historical figures: William Wilberforce, Hannah Moore, Rosalind Goforth and Eric Liddell. The frame around each of these snapshots is Christ’s story of love and sacrifice on that first Easter, which makes possible every act of Christian love, sacrifice, and faith ever since. This powerful production also features a choir.

Actors: 10+ Minutes: 60

In this Readers Theater, audiences are led to focus on the phrase Jesus cried out on the cross, exclaiming that "it is finished," and how those words impact our lives as Christians.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 3

Joseph of Arimathea followed Jesus during His ministry and watched Him die. Joseph felt called to step up and bury Jesus—to do one thing for the man who did so much for him.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 2

This Readers Theater helps audiences think about the miracle and ministry of Jesus’ life, and how everything He did on earth led up to His death, which coincided with the mystery of the temple veil tearing from top to bottom.

Actors: 3 Minutes: 4-6

A bundled version of the "A Snapshot from Good Friday" script series. Includes 6 scripts, featuring the perspectives of Peter, John, Mary the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of the Good Criminal, the Daughter of Jarius, and the Centurion

Actors: 6 Minutes: 4+

Peter wrestles with his betrayal of Jesus. He knows that Jesus will forgive him, but can he forgive himself?

Actors: 1 Minutes: 4

John reflects on his time with the Jesus and the day he was called to follow his Messiah.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 4

The mother of a young man who took the wrong path; she is struggling with losing him and trying to absorb what she has seen and heard.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 4

Mary talks about what it was like to be the mother of the Messiah, watching Jesus grow up and fulfill His purpose.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 4

Centurion Longinus had carried out many executions, but this one in particular was unlike any he had ever experienced.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 4

Jairus, a leader in the synagogue, asked Jesus to heal his young daughter who was dying. By the time Jesus arrived at Jairus’ house, the young girl had died. In this script, that same young girl remembers meeting Jesus after He raised her from the dead.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 8

Joseph tells his seven-year-old son Yeshua (Jesus) that they must kill the lamb that Yeshua has raised for the last year.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 4