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Video: Jesus Christ Superstar

The Gethsemane scenes

Gethsemane, Jesus praying, Betrayal, Arrest, Pilate.

If there's a better video than Jesus Christ Superstar that covers Gethsemane, Jesus' anguish, and the character of Judas, I haven't seen it.  Universal has posted several clips from the movie, including the Gethsemane song.   (It's dark/night in the video, which makes the small screen YouTube version appear even darker.)



I've taught with parts or the entire Jesus Christ Superstar movie at least 20 times over the last 30 years with various children, youth, and adult groups. Always well received. Ted Neeley's 1973 depiction of Jesus is considered one of the best ever captured on film.

The centerpiece of the Gethsemane scene from the JCS movie is Jesus' song, "I Only Want to Say" which he sings to God while the disciples sleep. Its powerful, raw, and honest emotion creates a lot of opportunity for discussion. Its inspiring music, lyrics, and scenery help us remember that Jesus was human too, in real anguish, had a real choice, and chose God's way. Jesus cries out his prayer to God in the Garden and gives God his faithful answer.

The montage of famous crucifixion art to the lyrics "see how I die" remind us of the ugly truth that's also found in Holy Week, we killed God's Messiah, but God forgave us.

UPDATE: Member JanMarshall has posted a more complete lesson using Neil's recommendation. Look for it below in this forum.

UPDATE: I've donated my complete outline and discussion guide to Jesus Christ Superstar to supporting members, you can find it here.

I hope this post helps you teach with one of the best Jesus movies for young people ever made. It definitely leaves an impression.

<>< Neil

Here are the powerful lyrics to the song "I Only Want to Say" by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice:

Use them with your older students after viewing the video. Several lines beg for discussion, such as, "Why do you think Jesus may have been "sad and tired"?  and "What does 'see the saga through' mean?"  "Do you think Jesus could have changed his mind as he says at the end of the song?"

I've also bolded a key verse where Jesus questions whether his death is needed. How did his death on a cross change things for his message?  How does his death change how we feel about Jesus and his teachings?   

Will no-one stay awake with me?
Peter? John? James?
Will none of you wait with me?
Peter? John? James?
I only want to say
If there is a way
Take this cup away from me
For I don't want to taste its poison
Feel it burn me,
I have changed I'm not as sure
As when we started
Then I was inspired
Now I'm sad and tired
Listen surely I've exceeded
Tried for three years
Seems like thirty
Could you ask as much
From any other man?
But if I die
See the saga through
And do the things you ask of me
Let them hate me, hit me, hurt me
Nail me to their tree
I'd want to know
I'd want to know my God
I'd want to know
I'd want to know my God
I'd want to see
I'd want to see my God
I'd want to see
I'd want to see my God
Why I should die
Would I be more noticed
Than I ever was before?
Would the things I've said and done
Matter any more?
I'd have to know
I'd have to know my Lord
I'd have to know
I'd have to know my Lord
I'd have to see
I'd have to see my Lord
I'd have to see
I'd have to see my Lord
If I die what will be my reward?
If I die what will be my reward?
I'd have to know
I'd have to know my Lord
I'd have to know
I'd have to know my Lord
Why, why should I die?
Oh, why should I die?
Can you show me now
That I would not be killed in vain?
Show me just a little
Of your omnipresent brain
Show me there's a reason
For your wanting me to die
You're far too keen on where and how
But not so hot on why
Alright I'll die!
Just watch me die!
See how, see how I die!
Oh, just watch me die!
Then I was inspired
Now I'm sad and tired
After all I've tried for three years
Seems like ninety
Why then am I scared
To finish what I started
What you started
I didn't start it
God thy will is hard
But you hold every card
I will drink your cup of poison
Nail me to your cross and break me
Bleed me, beat me
Kill me, take me now
Before I change my mind

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Tim Rice / Andrew Lloyd Webber
Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) lyrics © Mca Music Ltd.


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Garden of Gethsemane

Video Workshop Lesson

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the DVD: Matthew (Visual Bible).

Scripture Reference:

Matthew 26:17
Isaiah 53

Leader Preparation:

  • Watch the video ahead of time
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the Materials
  • Have the movie ready to go.
  • Pop the popcorn

Materials List:

  • Matthew (Visual Bible)
  • Popcorn

Lesson Plan


Greet the children and introduce yourself.


1. BEFORE showing the video.

Ask the students what they know about Gethsemane.

Have them tell you as many details as they can about the events of the Last Supper and night spent at Gethsemane.

Ask them how THEY would have been feeling that night knowing that:

  • a fellow disciple was going to betray Jesus.
  • forces were gathering against Jesus.
  • Jesus was praying --almost crying in his prayers in Gethsemane
  • Jesus is betrayed by a former friend.

Ask them what they would have done that night --would they have run?

What else could Jesus have done?

Ask them to watch the video with you and "figure out what it is that keeps Jesus from running away?"

Start the Video at the verse marker (seen on screen) Matthew 26:17. This is the Last Supper, but it is indispensable for understanding the mood of Gethsemane. End when the disciples flee the Garden.

Point: The Disciples are portrayed as weak and scared. Jesus is strong and confident when he realizes everything is moving according to God's plan.

Point: Jesus mentions at least twice that all this is happening in order that the PROPHETS might be fulfilled. You will need to talk about WHAT prophecies Jesus is referring to.

The prophet most likely Jesus is pointing to is ISAIAH. Isaiah wrote 700 years before Jesus about a MESSIAH that would come and be the "Suffering Servant." God would allow his servant to suffer --and the suffering would be a sign to all people that God is merciful.

Isaiah 53 Study
Have the students open their Bibles to Isaiah 53:1-12 and read this passage (or read it to them). As you go through it, have the students raise their hands when they hear something that sounds like Jesus (and ask them to explain)

1 Who has believed our message? To whom will the LORD reveal his saving power? 2 My servant grew up in the LORD's presence like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. 3 He was despised and rejected a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.

4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! 5 But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! 6 All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. 7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins that he was suffering their punishment? 9 He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's grave.

10 But it was the LORD's good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD's plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. 12 I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.

Jesus knows these verses and sees himself as the suffering servant fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.

The disciples don't understand.... yet.

The Garden of Gethsamane shows Jesus in his most human moment (asking for another way) and a caring moment --healing the servant's ear.

If Time...with Older Students:

What was the prayer which Jesus prayed? (take this cup away from me, not my will but thy will.) It shows that Jesus was still human, and thus it demonstrates that we humans CAN ask God hard questions AND find it within ourselves to obey God even when it is hard.

How was Jesus able to obey and accept this tough decision? It was his relationship with God that gave him faith and strength.

For Very Young Students:

They will have no trouble following the general story, but they may not understand what Jesus is praying for in the garden and what he says to his friends. They won't understand Jesus as the suffering servant, or anything about prophecy. Best to just explain that Jesus knew he could have called down armies from heaven to get help, but instead, he knew that God would bring him back to life at the resurrection and show people he loves them still.


Close with a prayer.


A lesson written by Neil MacQueen  

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Garden of Gethsemane/Judas and Peter

Audio Visual Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video Agony in the Garden (from the series Jesus: A Kingdom Without Frontiers by CCC)

Scripture References:

Matthew 26: 36-56, 69-75

Lesson Objectives:

  • To learn more about the story of Gethsemane and how Jesus struggled with his future.
  • To learn about Judas’ role in Jesus’ arrest and Peter’s denial of Jesus.
  • Finally, to lead up to the crucifixion and Easter.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Watch the video ahead of time.
  • Have the movie ready to go before the children arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn

Materials List:

  • The video Agony in the Garden (from the series Jesus: A Kingdom Without Frontiers by CCC)
  • Popcorn/other snacks.

Lesson Plan


Greet the children and introduce yourself.


Lesson Plan:
Refer to the Bible passages above. There are a lot of verses, so you may want to divide them up among the children to read. When using the Family Story Bible for the youngest group, use pgs. 248-252. Ask any general questions about the story in review, so the children know what’s happening.

Watch the video:
The video lasts approximately 30 minutes. Note to teacher: the video introduces a few characters and minor “side stories” that are not part of the biblical story. It can get a little distracting, so you may want to be alert to this and help the kids focus on the main story. Stop the video when Peter runs away after denying Jesus three times.


Ask the children for their reactions and responses to what they’ve seen and heard. You may want to ask some of the following questions:

  • Why did the religious leaders want to arrest Jesus? How did Judas help them? Why did Judas help them?
  • When Jesus was praying, what did he pray for? Why?
    · How many times did Peter deny Jesus? What happened when he realized what he had done?
  • Do you pray to God when you are upset or scared, like Jesus was? Why or why not?
  • If you were Jesus in the garden, what would you have felt like? Why?
  • If you were Peter and just denied Jesus three times, what would you have felt like? Why?

Run the last five minutes of the video. It’s a quick synopsis of the story with a narrator. There are some big words used, but nevertheless it’s a good summary. It also points to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. When it’s over, ask the children if they know what all of this (Jesus in the garden, Peter denying Jesus) is leading up to (Jesus’ crucifixion and Easter). Ask them if anyone knows why Jesus died on the cross.

Close with prayer, thanking God for sending us Jesus so all of us – Peter denying Jesus three times, Judas betraying Jesus, and us with the wrong things we’ve done – can be close to God.

A lesson written by "St. Elmo's Choir" rotation writers group.

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Moderator adds: further details on the above video, "Agony in the Garden".

Here is Youtube link

Video description:

Jesus prays to the Father for relief from the suffering He knows He must endure. Jesus is arrested in the garden, and Peter denies him three times.

Jesus crosses Cedron Valley and reaches an olive-yard on the Mount of Olives ,called Gethsemane with his disciples, and withdraws to pray to his Father. Judas, accompanied by armed guards of the Temple, betrays him with a kiss and has him arrested. Jesus is taken to Caiaphas’ palace to be put to trial. Peter and John follow him at a distance. John goes into the hall in which the trial is to take place, while Peter waits outside in the courtyard. On three occasions, questioned by those waiting to hear the verdict, Peter denies ever having known Jesus. And as foretold by his Master, the cockerel crows, heralding dawn. Peter runs off, tortured by regret.

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Jesus in Gethsemane

Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the movie "Jesus Christ Superstar".

Scripture Reference:

Matthew 26: 36-54

Lesson Objective(s):

  • In this workshop the learners learn about the emotions and the struggle that Jesus experienced while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • They will experience this struggle through the rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you review the lesson plan so that you will be able to give background material about the story if necessary.
  • Review the video segment to be shown in class; you may also wish to view the scenes before and after this segment (including the Last Supper and Jesus before the Sanhedrin).
  • Also, make sure that you familiarize yourself with the TV and DVD player in the Video Room and the popcorn maker. The lesson will involve watching the DVD and intermittently stopping for discussion, so make sure you can easily pause and restart the DVD player
  • Have the DVD ready to go before the children arrive.
    Moderator notes:  To prep DVD.  On the DVD, I have, at menu go to Scenes, go to Chapter 13 (Garden of Gethsemane), select, STOP, then do a fast-reverse for a couple of seconds until you see the moon, then hit STOP.  Now your all set when the lesson #8 says hit PLAY.
  • Have your own bible bookmarked at Matthew 26: 36-54
  • Pop the popcorn.

Materials List:

  • NRSV Bibles
  • DVD of "Jesus Christ Superstar"
  • Popcorn
  • Drinks
  • Large Sheet of Paper or Whiteboard (markers)

Lesson Plan


Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs if there are new students or visitors.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:

  1. Start off by offering the children popcorn.
  2. ASK the children to tell you, if they know, what events occur in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Jesus prays and he is betrayed and arrested.)
    ASK them if they know what famous event occurred right before Jesus went to pray (The last supper.) All of these events occurred on Thursday, the night before Jesus was crucified on Friday.
  3. EXPLAIN to the children that today you are going to watch part of the movie Jesus Christ Superstar. Tell them that often the Bible tells us what Jesus did or said, but not what he was thinking and feeling. This movie does not attempt to follow the Bible exactly; instead, the movie is trying to show us in song the emotions and the struggle of Jesus and his disciples. In other words, the movie wants to show us what Jesus and the disciples were thinking and feeling. We are going to compare parts of the movie with parts of the Bible to see how they relate.

    SAY “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock opera which attempts to tell the story of Jesus’ ministry. An opera is a play put entirely to music. There is almost no talking, just singing. This movie is a rock opera which means that all the music is rock and roll from the 1970’s. I know that it sounds weird to have Jesus and the disciples singing rock music, but it is not the music that is important. Instead, the important part is the emotions and feelings that the music shows us.
  4. ASK the children if they have ever thought about what kinds of emotions Jesus must have had in the last few days of his life? (Accept all answers.)
  5. REREAD Matthew 26: 36-46 to the students. (You can have the older students read parts themselves.) EXPLAIN that Jesus has gone to pray for guidance and assurance from God since he believes that his death may occur soon.
  6. ASK the students what they imagine Jesus must have been feeling. (The students might say confusion, fear, sorrow, loneliness, etc.)
  7. REREAD verses 38 and 39. ASK the students to describe Jesus’ prayer in verse 39. Make sure that they understand that although Jesus asked God to take away the difficult road ahead if possible, he was definitely willing to give his life if it was God’s will.

    Moderator Notes:  you may wish here to write on whiteboard (paper) what took place in this story in short form so the children can then add what was same what was different later.  May want two headings:  bible / movie.

    Tell the students that you are now going to watch the movie version of these verses. ASK them to pay attention to Jesus’ words and emotions.
  8. PRESS PLAY. (This section of the DVD is chapter 12, 60.14 starting with the lines “Will no one stay awake?” and running through chapter 13, 66.25.)
  9. PAUSE the DVD as soon as song ends and camera pans to sunset.
  10. ASK the students to identify any differences they noticed between the Bible reading and the video (there should be many: Jesus sings; he doesn’t keep returning to see if the disciples are awake and praying; Jesus doesn’t ever use the words from the Bible; the “garden” seems very desert-like; Jesus struggles more in the video, etc.)
    To recap, discuss the following:
    • What does Jesus want God to do in response to his prayer? (Take the bad things away if possible.)
    • When Jesus prays to God “your will be done,” what is he saying? (That he will put God’s will above his own desires.) It is important to point out that Jesus is also asking for the strength to make sure that he carries out God’s will. Jesus is not only putting God first; Jesus is also acknowledging that he needs God to help him carry out his mission.
    • Often when people pray, they want God to take all the bad things away from them. ASK the children if they have ever prayed that a problem will just go away. (Allow them to give examples if they wish.) Jesus is showing us that we CAN pray for problems to go away, but we also must acknowledge that sometimes we will have problems, and in those instances, we pray to God for the strength to get through the problem.

      NOTE: This step will need to be adjusted for age groups. You will want to simplify the ideas and only ask basic questions for the Primaries.
  11. REREAD verses 45b and 46. Explain that because of previous events in his ministry, Jesus knew what was going to happen. He believed Judas would betray him; he believed he would be arrested. Read aloud verses 47-54. Tell the students that you are now going to watch the movie version of these verses. Ask them to pay special attention to Jesus’ attitude. Tell them the first person they see will be Judas and the first disciple to wake up is Peter, Jesus’ closest disciple.
  12. PRESS PLAY continuing you'll see Judas kiss Jesus (chapter 13, 66.26 through 14, 68.08).
  13. STOP after Jesus says, "Why are you obsessed with fighting.  Stick to fishing from now on."
  14. ASK them to point out differences between the movie and the Bible. (Peter doesn’t cut the soldier’s ear; video doesn’t use words from the Bible; Jesus’ acceptance of his fate; etc.)

    Ask them if they notice any similarities. (Judas’ kiss; armed soldiers; etc.)

    • Ask them how Jesus acts in this scene. Is he still questioning the way he did in the last scene? (No, he is confident and forceful.) He is no longer questioning. When he says that “it’s all over,” he is not giving up. He is simply recognizing that he is nearing the end of his earthly ministry. He has fully accepted his fate.
    • Thinking back to Jesus’ prayer in the garden, did God answer Jesus’ prayer? (Yes!!! Although God could not take away the struggle, he did provide Jesus with the strength and confidence to handle the struggle.) Make sure students get this last point.
    • Why does Jesus not want the disciples to fight for him? (He believes it is God’s will that he should die; he does not need them.) Point out that Jesus is in control of this entire situation. He knew Judas would betray him and he let it happen. He knew that he would be arrested and he didn’t fight back. In both the Bible and the movie, he is forceful and sure that he must follow God’s plan through to death. Everything that happens from this point forward, Jesus allows to happen so that he can fulfill the prophesies. (Students may ask why Judas betrayed Jesus. If they do, you can say that the Bible doesn’t really tell us, but many people think it is because Judas didn’t like the idea that Jesus kept saying he was going to die. Judas and many others wanted a warrior leader to fight for them. Judas could not understand how Jesus could change things by dying.)
  15. ASK the children if the video has helped them to understand the struggle that Jesus went through on his trip to the cross. He did not want to die, but he was willing to die to fulfill God’s will and bring God’s forgiving grace to the world. Remind the students that the next time they have a problem, they should follow Jesus’ example: pray to God for relief from the problem, but be willing to face the problem if necessary and ask for strength to deal with the problem.

Ask if there are any questions or comments about the story for today. Let the children talk about what they liked about watching the movie and listening to the songs.

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:
Loving God, we know you know each of us and you love each of us. That is why you sent Jesus to die for our sins. Help us always to pray to you when times get hard. Amen.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have the children complete the following:
What did you learn today about praying to God when you have a struggle or problem like Jesus did?

References: Neil MacQueen donated his complete outline and discussion guide to Jesus Christ Superstar to supporting members, you can find it here.

A lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church,
Brentwood, TN

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Garden of Gethsemane

Video Workshop

Editors Note: the author posted this as a "Garden of Gethsemane" lesson, but looking over it's discussion questions it appears to actual focus on "Palm Sunday".

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will watch The Easter Promise. Through it, they will learn of the many activities of Passion Week and will experience it through a fictional boy who followed Jesus’ activities throughout the week and on Easter.

Scripture Reference:

Mark 14:32-50

Memory Verse:
"Abba," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. But let what you want be done, not what I want." Mark 14:36 (NIrV)

Lesson Objectives:
The children will:

  • Name that the story is found in the New Testament Gospels of Mark
  • Discover that Jesus used prayer to strengthen himself to accept and follow God’s plan and explore how we can use prayer to follow God’s plan for our lives.
  • Discover how it might have felt to be near Jesus during Passion Week.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Read “A MANUAL for the "VIDEO ~ A-V" WORKSHOP” by Neil MacQueen here at
  • Preview the video so you can utilize two of Neil’s key showing tips:
    Use the PAUSE button at key places. It's your most powerful "video" teaching tool, not only to make sure they get it, but to give their brains time to process what they've just seen before they move on. Some kid’s videos are breathless in pace.
    Don't be afraid to view an important scene a second time. Kids (and adults) watch movies over and over all the time. Point out facial expressions, reactions, things happening in the background, etc
  • Prepare the popcorn and get pitcher of water from the kitchen.
  • Cue the DVD to the starting point for the lesson.

Materials List:

The Easter Promise & The Witness

  • The Easter Promise, Vision Video. This is on a two-video set with "The Witness".
  • Beanbag
  • Popcorn

Lesson Plan


Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Open with a prayer.


Distribute Bibles to each child or every two children.

We are in the season of Lent. Who knows what Lent is?

At Christmas, as we get ready for Christmas, we celebrate the season of Advent. Advent prepares us for Christmas.

Lent is the 40 days before Easter and prepares us for Easter.

Where in the Bible would we find stories to help us prepare for Easter? (New Testament, Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)

Help children find Mark 14:32-50.  Even though we are not reading the scripture, it is a good exercise to locate the story.

View The Easter Promise
Today we are going to watch a video that is Historical Fiction. Much of the video is a made up story, but it is based on real facts. The facts that it is based on are found in the Bible. They are the events that take place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

Our video is about a little boy named Jerem, short for Jeremiah. Although he is a main character, Jesus is the most important character in the video.

Play the video from the beginning (skip the title and lead in)
Pause at 3:12 where the priests decide they must get rid of Jesus.

At this point, the priests have decided that they must get rid of Jesus. Too many people are following Jesus and not listening to the priests any more. This threatens the priests and their authority.

We’re going to skip a little bit of the video so we can see the main part of the story. Let me tell you what happens in the part we skip.

Jerem dreams of being a soldier for a king. He is thrilled to hear about the upcoming arrival of a true king – the Messiah – Jesus of Nazareth.

Also, a Roman soldier has asked an evil merchant to find some children to be his slaves.
We’re going to pick up the story just before Jesus arrives in Jerusalem. Jerem is dressed in the armor he has made and is ready to serve the king.

Skip to 14:00 where the Roman soldier is laughing at Jerem.
Watch the remainder of the video. Feel free to pause at points to discuss what happened.

How do you think it would have felt to be a child when Jesus came in on the donkey?
Why do you think Jerem decided to follow Jesus instead of the priests and the soldiers?
How can you follow Jesus today?

Filler Time: Beanbag Toss
If you have time, use the following to help the children learn the Bible verse.
As you toss a bean bag to each team member, the team member holding the bean bag must say the next word in the key verse.

Close in prayer

MacQueen, Neil. “A MANUAL for the "VIDEO ~ A-V" WORKSHOP” here at

A lesson written by Ann Wright from: Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church
Raleigh, NC, USA

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Great contemporary take on the scene in Gethsemane

In case you missed it, Fox's live production of PASSION from New Orleans in 2016 was terrific. Several current stars played the roles of Jesus and Judas (Jencarlos and Chris Daughtry).  For the songs, they took contemporary popular songs and slightly adapted the lyrics. Awesome.

Here' are a few youtube clips from the free show (free on Hulu and Foxonthego).

Here's the scene of Jesus being betrayed in Gethsemane. 

The song is "Demons" is by Imagine Dragons (If you have never heard of them, you've probably heard the song at least. if it's all new to you, "Demons" won alternative rock song of the year, 2014.) Here's the original Imagine Dragons - Demons  song on Youtube:

Here's another great song sung by Daughtry as JUDAS from The Passion

They adapted Evanescense's super popular song, "Bring me to life" (Wake me up inside, me from the dark). It's a powerful prayer by Judas.

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In the Garden of Gethsemane

From The Passion, the live performance in New Orleans, 2016 produced by FOX.

Jesus (Jencarlos) sings "Calling All Angels" (the hugely popular rock song by Train). Nice setup by Tyler Perry (who produced the show).

What's really cool about this video clip is not just the great song and contemporary setting, but that we hear Jesus praying to God in the Garden to take the cup away.

Just prior to this scene, Jesus and the disciples re-enact the Last Supper in the park. There's a food truck nearby. Jesus sings "With Arms Wide Open."  It's one of my favorite scenes, but no youtube preview of it exists.

FYI:  Earlier in The Passion, Jesus and Peter (Jencarlos and Prince Royce), talk with the disciples (Peter declares Jesus the Messiah), and then sing a duet of "HOME" --the hugely popular 2015 hit made famous by Phil Phillips (American Idol).   Check out the clip:

NOTE: If these video links go dead, click the OPTIONS link here on the right and 'report' the post so we can fix it. 

You can now buy the DVD of the musical for $10 on Amazon.  Search for The Passion, live musical, 2016. 

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