This section contains:
- a portfolio of people who encountered Jesus
- an outline theological profile of Jesus, because what we know of him historically is otherwise provided by The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible’s New Testament
- some suggestions for using these profiles in preparation and follow-up work relating to The Life of Christ performance ( NB Please see the samples below as well as a downloadable PDF with more detailed ideas)
For the main profiles, there are some details and the relevant biblical references, for others, just the references to look up. The list of people who encountered Jesus is not exhaustive because there were, no doubt, hundreds of nameless faces in the crowds who would all have their own story to tell about the amazing things they had heard or seen regarding Jesus.
Suggested uses for these profiles
Be a values detectives
choose a person from the portfolio and undertake a values enquiry relating to the person’s part in the story. Either as a preparation or follow-up activity for the performance consider how the person related to Jesus and interacted with him and others through:
- undertaking a scripture scrutiny exercise and explore the Bible passages offered in the profile
- identifying the character in The Life of Christ and follow them throughout the performance
- reflect on the values that they express at different stages of their journey with Jesus
Drama and role play
There is unlimited scope for improvisation once you know the main events of the life of Jesus. Role play is creative way to bring the story to life for young people.
The twelve disciples were witness to most of the events in Jesus’s life. For the less known disciples, it would be useful to imagine their reactions to the incidents where they were probably present, for example in the boat during the calming of the storm, helping to feed five thousand people, witnessing Peter walking on the water and the numerous other situations where miracles and healings as well as listening to Jesus’s wise teachings and parables out in the countryside as they journeyed with him.
These profiles offer an excellent starting point for developing skills within different Literacy/English genre. Examples include:
- Script-writing – the example of The Life of Christ production as well as these people profiles provide rich stimulus for script-writing. The still images could be used as a starting point for generating ideas alongside a scripture scrutiny.
- Letter-writing – writing an imaginary interview with a character. Could be used as basis for an interview role play and videoed.
- Journalistic non-chronological report writing – the still images and videos clips offer much opportunity for thought-showering ideas for different viewpoints and dilemmas faced by different people, including Jesus and for writing up newspaper articles
- Read more… download a PDF with further ideas for cross-curricular activities using this material