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Graham Dargie

aberdeenPassion aberdeenPassion be the Messiah. When Jesus confirms this, this is enough “proof” for Caiaphas. The High Council convict Jesus of blasphemy, with one dissenting voice, that of Joseph of Arimathea.

“This is the life I’ve been given So I have to die for the living It’s about to start, there’s no other way to save them” From “The Garden” Then in the early hours of Friday morning, Caiaphas takes Jesus to Pilate, the Roman Procurator of Judea – only he has the authority to order an execution. But Pilate sees no threat in Jesus – he tells Caiaphas to punish him and send him away but Caiaphas is insistent. When


he mentions that Jesus is from Galilee – which is Herod’s jurisdiction, Pilate sends a disgruntled Caiaphas to Herod. Caiaphas now tries to force Herod to have Jesus killed. Jesus, who is now badly beaten and injured, says nothing in response to Herod’s questions. Herod gives up after dressing Jesus in “royal” robes and sends him back to Pilate. Caiaphas is not going to let these delays prevent him from making sure his plan succeeds and he returns to Pilate with a hired mob. Pilate is still very uncomfortable about what he is being asked to do but he sees a way out. The Roman Procurator traditionally allows the release of a prisoner at Passover and Pilate offers the crowd the opportunity to release Jesus. However Caiaphas has the mob primed and ready and instead they shout for the release of Barabbas, found guilty of murder and insurrection. And the crowd is whipped up even more to shout for Jesus to be crucified. Pilate has no choice but to order the crucifixion.


Crucifixion is a horrifyingly agonising punishment – it isn’t quick and it isn’t

dignified. A mocking sign is placed above his head proclaiming him “King of the Jews”, and the guards draw lots for his clothes. The searing pain of the nails driven through wrists and feet and the inability to breathe properly in that position make it a long excruciating day for Jesus. The mood of the soldiers in charge of the crucifixion has changed as the day has passed – their mockery and insults have faded and even the battlehardened centurion is now convinced that an innocent man has been put to death. Only the women are there to witness Jesus’ death, and as his lifeless body is taken down from the cross, it seems as if it was all for nothing – the disciples are hidden and scared, the crowds who had flocked to hear Jesus have melted away, Caiaphas has won. As the sun is setting on Friday, Joseph of Arimathea takes the body of Jesus and places it in his own family tomb – a stone is rolled over the entrance to the tomb. Jewish law forbids the touching of a dead body on Saturday, the Sabbath, and so the women plan to go to the tomb on Sunday to put oils and spices on his body – the traditional way of honouring the dead.

The Aberdeen Passion 2012 Programme  

Programme for The Aberdeen Passion 2012