Short stories - watching Jesus' crucifixion

Leading up to Good Friday we have the first of six short stories about people watching Jesus’ crucifixion written by Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster.

Some of the characters, such as James the Disciple, are from the Gospels; others such as the mother of Barabbas, the bandit whose release by Pontius Pilate sealed Jesus’ fate, are imagined.

In these daily reflections, recorded special for Premier Christian Radio, we’ll approach the cross a fresh during Holy Week.

Story 1 - Lazarus who Jesus restored to life four days after his death  

Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, with a short story for Holy Week exploring how Lazurus might have reacted as he saw Jesus, the man that had given him life, die on a cross.

 

Story 2 - James the Apostle

Today on Premier Drive, as we journey together to Good Friday, we have another short story from Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster.

Today’s story is about James, the son of Zebedee the Disciple who became one of the apostles.

Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, with a short story for Holy Week exploring how Lazurus might have reacted as he saw Jesus, the man that had given him life, die on a cross.

 

Story 3 - Balthazar - One of the Three Wise Men

An unusual character to think about as we approach Easter is Balthazar, One of the Three Wise Men.

Today Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, imagines what might have happened if Balthazar was there with his son and saw Jesus’ crucifixion.

The story beginnings in Bethlehem back when a star had appeared in the sky.

Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, with a short story for Holy Week exploring how Balthazar, one of the three wise men, might have reacted as he saw Jesus, the baby they’d encountered in the stable, die on a cross.

 

Story 4 - Hannah

Today Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, imagines what might have happened if Hannah, the mother of Barabbas, the bandit whose release by Pontius Pilate sealed Jesus’ fate, was there on Good Friday.

Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, with a short story for Holy Week exploring how Hannah, the mother of Barabbas, the bandit whose release by Pontius Pilate sealed Jesus’ fate, might have reacted as she saw Jesus die on a cross in the place of her son.

 

Story 5 - Saul

Today Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, imagines what might have happened if Saul of Tarsus was in Jerusalem on Good Friday.

Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, with a short story for Holy Week imagining what might have happened if Saul of Tarsus was in Jerusalem on Good Friday.

 

Story 6 - Leah - the woman taken in adultery

Today Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, imagines what might have happened if Leah, the woman taken in adultery, was in Jerusalem on Good Friday.

Canon Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster, with a short story for Holy Week imagining what might have happened if Leah, the woman taken in adultery, was in Jerusalem on Good Friday.