I assure you, while I am a member of the church and quite a fan of many of the teachings, I am not particularly religious. I am horrendously spiritual, however, and relaying my spirituality into the teachings of Christ is not a difficult thing. The stories and entire spirit surrounding Jesus and his journey is nothing but spiritual. When I was asked to write the Easter program, I was pretty sure everyone was insane or desperate – perhaps even a bit of both. However, I found this task wonderfully charming, and imbuing simple words with a meaning that would transcend what was on paper was quite a humbling experience. This was written for a Latter-Day Saint congregation – Mormons – whom you can learn more about here.
Anywhoo, I thought I’d post this here because it’s sort of a “real-world” example. Any dude with a computer can write most of the material on the Internet with a bit o’ Google, but I pride myself in taking the time and effort to create stories, and I think that’s how a writer can really get someone’s attention.
*Note: the italic text is just the song that was song between the script. Enjoy. Feel free to borrow and be inspired by as well.
Remembering the Deep Love of Our Savior
Jesus, Once of Humble Birth
Speaker 1: At Easter time, we surround ourselves with things that remind us of the resurrection. We surround ourselves with family. We surround ourselves with celebration. We even surround ourselves with symbols of life, like chicks, eggs, and “The Lamb”. After all, Easter represents the moment our Savior sacrificed his life for us, and miraculously rose again.
Speaker 2: But why should we remember this? Easter is about our savior’s sacrifice and triumphant return, but it’s also about his true, abiding love for us – love that is so deep that ultimately, we only have one choice: to love him in return.
How Can I Do Anything but Love Him?
Speaker 1: As we realize how much love we have for a man we have never been able to see face-to-face, sometimes we falter. Not because we doubt the Savior and his undying love for us, but because we feel as if his sacrifice should not cover us somehow. We could not be more mistaken. The Savior said, “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent” (D&C 19:16). For all includes every spirit ever to exist. You and I are part of “all” – and this leaves us with only one choice: to love him. To do otherwise would be to ignore the most precious gift we have ever been given.
I Have Not Seen, yet I Believe
Speaker 2: We believe, even when it is hard to believe. Sometimes this feels like we’re barely hanging on, and his light seems far away. For a moment after Jesus’ death, the light was far away. A great storm swept the world, as the very earth mourned the death of its creator. This terrified many people, including the Nephites. Earthquakes, floods, and horrendous disasters plagued the Americas that they called home. The sky blackened. The sun went away. Even small lights like candles refused to spark in the absence of the savior – because when the savior is gone, the absence of light is sure to follow.
Speaker 1: However, not all was lost. After three long days in the dark, ravaged with tears and fear, the Nephites heard a still, small voice: “I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. … Whoso repenteth and cometh unto me …him will I receive. … Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved” (3 Ne. 9:15, 22).
Jesus’ love overcame all. The Nephites rejoiced, and praised their Redeemer. The sun returned, just as The Son of God returned. We can be free of our sins not because he died, but because he lives.
Because He Lives
Speaker 2: Christ, our Lord, burst the bands of death, and stands triumphant over the grave. His blood has cleansed us from sin, and has taken away a debt we cannot ever truly repay.
On April 6, 1985, 13 days before his death, Bruce R McConkie, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ delivered a stirring testimony. It reads as follows:
Speaker 1: We do not know, we cannot tell, no mortal mind can conceive, the full import of what Christ did in Gethsemane. We know he sweat great gouts of blood from every pore as he drained the dregs of that bitter cup his Father had given him. We know he suffered, both body and spirit, more than it is possible to suffer, except it be unto death. We know that in some way, incomprehensible to us, his suffering satisfied the demands of justice, ransomed penitent souls from the pains and penalties of sin, and made mercy available to those who believe in his holy name.
Speaker 2: Christ sacrificed his own life.
Speaker 1: He trembled and wept for us.
Speaker 2: He suffered great pain, loss, and affliction upon the cross.
Speaker 1: Yet he rejoiced, because he knew we would all be safe then, now, and forever.
Speaker 2: If this act of courage, strength, faith, and grace is not love, then love simply does not exist.
Speaker 1: We celebrate our Savior today and by doing so, we bring gratitude and humility into our hearts as we let the light of Christ shine through us. We bring glory to his name. It would do us well to always remember him, his sacrifice, and above all, his love for us, especially on this holy and sacred day. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, he whom we love so deeply and by whom we are loved infinitely in return, amen.
O Savior Thou Wearest a Crown