What If . . .

Activity Objective

The young people will review the events of Holy Week to reinforce the importance of telling the truth.

Lesson Outcome

The young people should be able to recount the events that we remember during Holy Week.


  • Paper, pencils


  • Lead the young people in a discussion about what happened when Jesus was arrested and what might have happened if Jesus had been given a fair trial with honest witnesses.
  • Direct the young people to choose a person from Jesus' life and write two questions a lawyer might ask that person if he or she were on the witness stand at Jesus' trial.
  • Have the young people write an answer to each question as if they were the character.
  • Invite volunteers to share their work. Then collect the papers.
  • Next, use the papers as a script and have the group stage a fair trial for Jesus, with one of the students acting as the prosecutor and others as the witnesses.

Learning Styles

People Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

20-30 minutes


You may wish to put on the trial for an audience of parents or other young people.