The Sandbach Passion

A large crowd gathered in the cobbled square in the centre of the town to witness the dramatic events of Easter portrayed by members of Sandbach churches.

We followed Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem  by donkey surrounded by singing and cheering crowds; and observed him challenging the established order as he drove the market traders out of the Temple.

In St Mary's church priests plotted with Judas to betray him. Back on the cobbles we watched the last Supper as he again foretold his suffering and death to his uncomprehending disciples,

 

and followed them to the garden of Gethsemane where he was arrested.

The trial before Pilate took place on the cobbles, and a sad procession followed the execution party around the square to witness the final crucifixion scene.

At the foot of the cross Mary sang that moving song:

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

In the darkness and defeat of death, Peter reminded the crowd that "He truly was the Saviour we hoped for. Not from the Romans, but from something far more pervasive…from ourselves, our own sin. He died that we may live with him. On the third day we discovered this, on that first Easter day we understood why, when we saw him again…but in the meantime we could only wait…for now we could only hope and pray…"