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The Postlude may be divided into THREE sections for clarity for the public and to facilitate your placement of segments and signs. It is NOT necessary to mark the three segments, however the placements should make it apparent to guests which of the segments they are visiting.


The THREE segments of the POSTLUDE may be identified as:

HIS LIFE ON EARTH - the time during the life of Jesus until His Ascension. Within this segment try to have things in an approximate chronological order:

-- His infancy;

-- His teachings and healings;

-- His trial & Crucifixion;

-- His Resurrection and 40 days til His Ascension.

HIS CHURCH - His time as Leader of His Church until now

THE FUTURE - the times yet ahead.  Very briefly  because there are differing views about the detail of prophecies about the future among people who put on the Displays and among guests, it might be prudent to minimize this segment. The guests will have a lot to ponder from the whole Display.




LIFE ON EARTH, HIS MINISTRY   Segment from days after His Birth to His Ascension


[NOTE]    LUKE 2:21-40    -- The detailed information in Luke 2:21-40, about the baby Jesus being presented in the Temple is filled with possibilities for the use of live actors, special effects, audio recordings and signs.   Two live doves or two young pigeons might be shown and actors could depict the holy Simeon and the prophetess, Anna.  Both of their speeches are very important.   

(sign)  ABOUT B.C.  4  - MAGI, FROM PARTHIA, CAME TO HEROD IN JERUSALEM TO FIND THE NEW BORN “KING OF THE JEWS.”   Herod had fought and murdered to be appointed by Rome as “King of The Jews.” He became furious that the Magi come from his old enemy, Parthia (now in Iran), and ask about some Jewish baby who has been BORN as King. About 570 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar II appointed THE PROPHET Daniel to be the Leader of the Magi (“Rav Magian”). Probably Daniel told the Magi in his day about the God of Heaven and the Jewish King Messiah who would come.  (Daniel 2:48) 

(sign)  B.C.  4   HEROD THE GREAT DIED,  a so-called “King of the Jews,” aged about 70 years.

(sign)  At 12 years of age, Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem discussing matters of the Law with religious leaders and experts on the religious laws. (Luke 2:41-50)      

sign)  A.D.  14,  Caesar Augustus died and was thought by many Romans and others to be a god


(sign)  JESUS IS “THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!”  St. John, The Baptist, exclaimed this when he was at the Jordan River and saw Jesus approaching.  The thought about a Lamb here is that of a lamb for a sacrifice for sins. (John 1:29)

[NOTE]  It might be good here to have a live lamb or adult sheep and perhaps a rough uncut stone altar for display. 



[NOTE]    The Sermon on The Mount in Matthew 5-7 is the longest recorded sermon which Jesus gave to the geneRal public. For that reason it is important to convey to the guests. He gave additional teachings to the mostly religious people in the synagogues and in the Temple in Jerusalem. Of course He also gave teachings  to His Disciples and small groups of people.  However, the Sermon on The Mount concludes with the teaching that those who hear and obey His words are like a wise builder and those who ignore His teachings are like the foolish builder. A part of the Great Commission recorded at the end of Matthew 28 is that His followers should TEACH everything that He had COMMANDED His Disciples.   A good listing of “Some of The Commands of Jesus, The Prophet” (of deut. 18:18)  for the general public are found at:

That website allows you to freely copy the information for distribution. It might be good to have some copies of that one page (front and back) article to give to guests.  Other articles regarding evidence that Jesus is the Prophet referred to in Deut. 18:18 and that He was the One who was crucified, that He was NOT switched with another, are also by Dawud Jabal and are found at:



(sign)  The whole Sermon on The Mount can be reproduced on a large poster or on some smaller, typewriter size papers. Some posters of the Sermon are commercially available.



  [NOTE]  Some listing (such as below) and/or depiction of some or all of the Miracles which Jesus did are needed.  These authenticated His teachings and claims and blessed many people.  These can be put on one sign or divided onto several signs. They may be divided as to those that showed His power over: life and death, demons, illness, hunger,  and nature, etc.  In this list the Scriptural references are listed, although it may be necessary to delete them from signs. If this is used as a handout, it would be good to leave the Scripture references in place to facilitate later study by guests.


(sign)  Miracles of Jesus: The List

  • Turning water into wine or fresh grape juice (John 2:1-11)
  • Healing of a nobleman's son (John 4:46-54)
  • Delivering a man in the synagogue from demonic spirits (Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37)
  • Healing Peter's mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-39; Matthew 8:14-15)
  • The first of two nets of fish and the calling of His first disciples (Luke 5:1-11)
  • Cleansing a leper (Mark 1:40-45; Matthew 8:1-4)
  • Healing a paralytic (Mark 2:1-12; Matthew 9:2-8; Luke 5:17-26)
  • Healing of the man at Bethesda (John 5:1-15)
  • Healing a man with a withered hand (Luke 6:6-11; Matthew 12:9-13; Mark 3:1-5)
  • Healing the Centurion's servant (Luke 7: 1-10; Matthew 8:5-13)
  • Raising the widow's dead son (Luke 7:11-16)
  • Casting out a dumb and blind spirit (Luke 11:14-26; Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:22-30)
  • Calming a storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:18-27; Luke 8:22-25)
  • Healing a man possessed by demons at Gadara (Mark 5:1-20; Matthew 8:28; Luke 8:26)
  • Healing a woman with an hemorrhage of blood (Mark 5:25-34; Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56)
  • Raising Jairus' dead daughter (Mark 5:21-43)
  • Healing of two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31
  • Casting out an evil spirit (Matthew 9:32-34)
  • Feeding 5,000 with five loaves and two fish (John 6:1-14; Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; Luke 9:10-17)
  • Walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33; John 6:15-21; Mark 6:45-52)
  • Delivering the demon-possession girl [in Lebanon]  (Matthew 15:21-28)
  • Healing a deaf and dumb man (Mark 7:31-37)
  • Feeding another 4,000-plus (Mark 8:1-10; Matthew 15:32)
  • Healing the blind man of Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26)
  • Casting demons out of a boy (Mark 9:14-29; Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42)
  • Pulling a coin from the mouth of a fish (Matthew 17:24-27)
  • Healing a man born blind (John 9:1-41)
  • Healing a woman with an 18-year infirmity (Luke 13:10-17)
  • Healing a man with dropsy (or edema) (Luke 14:1-6)
  • Raising Lazarus from the dead after four days  (John 11:1-46)
  • Cleansing of ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
  • Healing blind Bartimeaus (Mark 10:46-52)
  • Cursing the fig tree so it immediately died  (Mark 11:12-26)
  • Healing of Malchus' ear (Luke 22:49-51)
  • A second net of fish (John 21:1-12)

many other miracles -   "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."  (John 20:30-31)



Signs of Jesus saying, "I AM ..." 

[NOTE these statements may be all on one sign OR on several signs.  IF they are on several different signs, it would be good to introduce each sign with “Jesus said…”      THE ONLY ONE WHO TRUTHFULLY SAID THESE 8  “I AM’s”   [NOTE]  These are also good for the hand-out for people to be able to take home with them.


I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE   (John 6:35)


I AM, before Abraham was   (John 8:58)

I AM THE DOOR   (John 10:9)




I AM THE TRUE VINE   (John 15:1)


[NOTE]  Near the above sign, you might be able to have some objects which could be visual reminders of what He said.  Perhaps have:

Bread, such as pita bread or matzo; a special pure steady Light; a Door; a Shepherd man with a live sheep or two or a manikin viewed from the back or side where the face is not  seen and an imitation sheep; futute resurrection of believers depicted by at a little distance, an empty "grave"  (shallow) empty hole in ground depicting an empty grave (if placed far enough off of the path guests will be viewing it at such an angle that guests will only see down into it a few inches, but suggesting it is a deep grave.



(sign)  Jesus said,  "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”  (Matt. 5:13)

(sign)  WHAT ABOUT OTHERS ?  John, the Disciple asked Jesus, "Master, we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."  Jesus said, "Do not stop him,, for whoever is not against you is for you."  (Luke 9:49-50)


(sign)  Jesus said, “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”  (John 10:16)

Have some people whose lives were touched by Jesus with them having their sins forgiven, their lives changed and miracles of hearling. These can be actors playing the parts of people who are mentioned in the Gospels. Have these witnesses tie in their experiences with things prophesied that the Messiah would do (certain types of miracles, etc).
Consideration might be given to having some modern day people whose lives have been similarly changed in specific identifiable ways that can give valid provable testimonies of their lives for some past years. This has to be very carefully considered so that it is not just about the local congregation but rather in praise and honor of the LORD. Also people who have long term changes in their lives over several years would probably be safer to use to avoid the danger of having a witness who shortly afterwards return to the previous problem or sin.
Continuity director. Someone should check to make sure that the particular prophecies, miracles and testimonies actually connect together when they are intended to do so. If someone gives testimony of a specific type of miracle, if possible find where that type miracle is prophecied and make sure that there is an indication of that prophecy in its proper sequencial chronological place before that time of its fulfillment. 

Sign or reenactment -  "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (so asked the Disciples)  Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them. And Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name, welcomes Me.” (Matt. 18:1-5)


Live Donkey and Reconstruction (in paper-mache) of a grain mill

Jesus said, “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”  (Matt. 18:6)

A heavy millstone, usually turned by a donkey, was  to be hung around the neck of someone who caused a child to stumble into sin. The harge and heavy community owned grain mills had a lower round stone that rested on the ground. They were often 4 to 7 feet in diameter and 2-3 feet high. Centered on top of the lower stone was another round stone of the same diameter and about 1 foot thick. The upper stone had a heavy piece of lumber protruding horizontally from one or two sides. The stone was rotated horizontally, usually by a donkey connected to the horizontal piece of lumber. Therefore,  it was called the “donkey stone” (in Greek). Jesus said that a “donkey stone”, the upper millstone,  was to be used to weigh down a person being drowned for child abuse, causing the child to stumble into sin. (Matt. 18:6) A live donkey could be standing beside this paper mache display. Between the upper and lower millstones, ballberrings or marbles could be used for spacers to allow the upper millstone to be turned somewhat. Bags or baskets of grain and of flour cound be here to show that this is a grain mill to make flour.

 The Parable of the One Lost Sheep

A live sheep, even a “black sheep,” could be standing here. Jesus said, "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. (Matt. 18:12-14)



(sign)  The only Natural Defense that Sheep have is a Shepherd. Sheep do NOT have claws or teeth for defense and cannot run fast to get away from harm. They should stay near their Shepherd, follow Him and listen for His voice.


[NOTE]   Consideration should be given to posting or in some way displaying the various statements which Jesus told the religious leader, Nicodemus,  in JOHN  3.  An audio recording might be useful.


(sign)  60 B.C to 30 A.D., The Jewish scholars, Hillel (60 B.C.-20 A.D.)  and Shammai (50 B.C.-30 A.D.) brought up questions about religion, practices and beliefs. These questions were on the minds of some Jewish people when they questioned Jesus about such matters.  Generally, Shammai was considered to be more conservative and his teachings were more similar to the teachings by Jesus than were the views of Hillel.


(sign)  HUMILITY -  Jesus “called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:2-4)


TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS  Jesus was changed in appearance as Peter, John and James watched. He spoke with Moses and Elijah about His coming “Exodus” from JerusalemThe Father in Heaven spoke from a cloud saying, , "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."  (Luke 9:28-36)     [NOTE]  This lends itself to a dramatic presentation here with special lighting and/or audio recordings.


The Great Commission was a command by Jesus to 
His disciples to take the Gospel and teach, preach and baptize
AS we are going into all of the world.
And Jesus gave a Promise to be with His followers
to the end of the Age.   “Then Jesus came to them and said,
‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations  [ethnic groups] ,
baptizing them in  the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.’"   (Matt. 28:18-20)
commanded that as they are going out into all of the world
they are to carry the Message.  They were NOT commanded
to return to Jerusalem or any other “holy” city once in a lifetime as
 a religious exercise such as some religions require of their


 (sign)  Jesus washed the feet of the Disciples, including ]  the feet of Judas, who would betray Him. John 13.   [NOTE\ This would be a good place to have an authentic or replica of a Mid- Eastern foot washing basin and water pitcher.  You might consider having a demonstration foot washing or try to wash the feet of many willing guests and/or have them wash each other’s feet.



THE TRIALS of Jesus and His appearances before the various potentates may be listed or depicted along with His responses and the outcomes. The information about these is available in the Gospels and is found summarized on the Internet.

(sign)  NOTE an audio recording might be useful here]   The crowd asked Pilate to release Barabbas, whose name means "son of the father." This noted criminal was realeased and Jesus, The Son of The Father in Heaven, was crucified.



(sign)  Jesus was beaten, bruised and cut by the Roman guards in their abuse of Him before His Crucifixion.  Those very marks on His body from the torture proved that it was JESUS on the cross not another person.  His torturers could see the wounds which each one had inflicted.  Neither Judas, nor any one else  was switched with Jesus as some people now claim.

(sign) [note] copy from a commentary or Internet the sign that was placed above the head of Jesus on the Cross which was written in the three languages.



Jesus our Substitute Sacrifice

A useful article by Dawud Jabal titled: “Could Jesus Really Be A Substitute Sacrifice for Us?”  sub-titled “The Importance of The Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem” can be read at:

The webside especially answers questins and concerns of Muslims from Biblical Christian perspectives.  If your display shows a picture or drawing of the Dome of The Rock on the ancient Temple Mount area in Jerusalem, some information from the article may be valuable, especially the part about the various events which happened at that site since the time of Abraham.

DURING THE CRUCIFIXION, Pilate had a sign put on the cross in the three most common languages,  Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The sign was “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”  Jesus was crucified near the City and many people read the sign.  (John 19:19-20) [NOTE] Two of these languages were NOT written in Latin letters, But, you can depict these three languages by consulting Bible commentaries which have the message in printed in the three languages. Note that  some commentators may refer to Hebrew rather than Aramaic.


PHYSICAL LIFE as a Sacrifice, similar to the Sacrifices of the Passover lambs
which were being killed by the thousands that same afternoon. Of course at
death, the spirit is still alive, it just leaves the physical body.



(sign)  DISCOURAGED DISCIPLES did NOT expect Jesus to rise from the dead.


(sign)  JESUS AROSE AND WAS SEEN BY THE DISCIPLES AND BY AS MANY AS 500 PEOPLE AT ONE TIME.  Doubting Thomas was convinced by the Resurrected Jesus because he saw the marks on the hands and the side of Jesus.


FOR FORTY DAYS AFTER HIS RESURRRECTION JESUS walked and talked with His disciples and did miracles. 





(sign) About 30 A.D., Jesus told His Disciples to remain in Jerusalem until  He had gone back to Heaven and that they should receive the gift from the Father in Heaven, the Power, the Holy Spirit.  After His Resurrection, Jesus showed himself to many people for about 40 days, then He Ascended to Heaven. Then about 10 days later, the Holy Spirit was given  with power on the Day of Pentecost, in Jerusalem.  (Luke 24:45-49; Acts 1 & 2)

About 600 years later and 600 miles away, an Arabic sect arose which did not have the Bible in its language. The group preached that men should travel to Mecca and perform rituals in remembrance of Abraham and Ishmael, not in remembrance of Jesus.







(sign)  PRAYERS FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS  -  St. Paul wrote to St. Timothy,  “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—  or kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”   (1 Timothy 2:1-2) 


(sign)  Gentile believers in Messiah are compared to wild olive branches which are grafted into an olive tree to share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, not to boast over it. but that the holy root sustains those who have been grafted in.     (St. Paul writing in Romans 11)

[NOTE] Here, if possible, it might be good to have some tree or other large plant that has a visible graft (even marked) on it. Many people who do not live in agricultural areas may NOT be familiar with grafting of trees.



(sign)  In 70 A.D. The Temple in Jerusalem and the genealogical records in it were destroyed by the Roman Army in A.D. 70, under General Titus. So any Jewish person after that time who claimed to be the Messiah and be a descendant from the line from King David, would not have any proof from the ancient official records.



(sign)  SINCE A.D. 70, the temple was no longer available as a place to make sacrifices for sins for the Sons of Israel in Jerusalem. The blood of Jesus Christ who was crucified, gave up His life, and arose from the tomb is available to remove the sin of everyone, of every nationality, everywhere in the world.




Have a LORD’S SUPPER - Communion table setup for display or for actual use by guests.   If it is only for display, it serves the purpose of allowing guests who are not familiar whith your particular method of observance of this sacrament to see the elements and to hear or read an explanation of its significance.  Information could be posted as to the times when the Lord’s Supper is normally observed in your church and whether it is open or closed for members only.


IF THE TABLE IS FOR USE BY GUESTS ,  be sure to have appropriate supervision and approval to assure the sanctity and solemnity of this memorial of Jesus.  This could be set for certain times during the display, such as every half or quarter hour or even continuously according to the needs, desires and resources of your particular church.  It would be appropriate to have signs displayed which tell the various Scripture readings and commands associated with proper observance in your Church.

[NOTE] Scriptures often associated with the seriousness and sanctity are found in:   1 Cor. 5:7-8; 10:3-4, 16-17; 11:23-29  as well as the Gospels.


[ADDITIONAL NOTE]  To be the most faithful in the observance of the Lord’s Supper as it was first demonstrated by the Lord on that night during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (and the associated Passover) elements which do not have yeast in them are the most instructive of the purity of the Body and Blood of the Messiah.  So unleavened motzo crackers or bread and freshly squeezed or bottled non-fermented grape juice, the fruit of the

vine, are very appropriate and are the most similar to what was used that night.  



(sign)  According to the history of the early Church, the Gospel of 
Matthew was written in Aramaic within 15 years after the
Ascension of Jesus and before St. Matthew left Jerusalem. 
Matthew probably supervised the translation of the Gospel into
the Greek langrage text which is used today.
(sign)    St. Luke interviewed eyewitnesses of the life of Jesus 
and he wrote the results of his work as the Gospel of Luke.  He
also wrote  the ACTS of the Apostles of the early Church.
Both of these are in the New Testament.

(sign)     "ICHTHUS"   is Greek for “fish.” The simple Fish outline was used by some early Christians to identify each other, especially when there was persecution. The Greek word  is an acronym, a word formed from the first letters of five words. The individual letters represent the words "Jesus Christ God's Son Savior”



A.D. 135   “Palestine” – Hadrian, the pagan Roman Emperor, cursed the Jewish people by  naming their land of Judea after the historic enemy of the Jewish people, the Philistines.

(sign) A.D. 382-402   St. Jerome used a CAVE in BETHLEHEM for his office as he translated the Hebrew and Greek of the Bible into Latin, now called the Vulgate Version of the Bible.
(sign) A.D. 525
A monk in Rome calculated the times when Easters came
and also calculated the year of the Conception of Jesus Christ to
have been 525 years before the time of the calculations. However, the
information available to him was not exactly correct nor complete.
So his calculations were off by about one percent. We know
now that that King Herod probably died in 4 B.C. The Magi came after
the Birth of Jesus and spoke with Herod. So Jesus was probably born
in 5 or perhaps 4 B.C., sometime before the death of Herod. The monk
was Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Little or Dennis the Short, meaning
"humble"). He lived about 470 – 544
(sign)  HORUS god of Egypt – A few recent
enemies of the Bible now claim, against the evidence,
that Jesus was just a successor idea related to the idea
of the ancient pagan god Horus of Egypt.  Of course
over the years in Egypt,  ideas about Horus changed. 
However, there were many eyewitnesses to the life and
miracles of Jesus, but not of Horus. Several of the
witnesses to the life of Jesus, including the 10 Apostles
went to their deaths declaring the facts of what they had
observed about Jesus.  Jesus came teaching about
our Father in Heaven and about righteousness and
holiness. Jesus often quoted from the Torah, the 5 books
of Moses, and also from the Psalms. None of the teaching
that Jesus gave were based on Egyptian gods or any other



Soon after the first men landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, in the Apollo 11 lander called “Eagle” at Tranquility Base,  U.S. Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin took a Christian Communion.  So he wrote, “…the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements…”  This was just BEFORE Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s "One small step for man, One giant step for mankind." About 4,000 years earlier, Abraham was given similar communion elements by  Melchizedek, a Priest of God Most High and King of Salem east of what would become Jerusalem. (Genesis 14:17-19)   [NOTE]  The regular bread used on the Moon was baked by Oroweat Bakery at the Montebello bakery near Los Angeles.


(sign)  ABOUT A.D. 1800-1950  Biblical archaeology 
becomes a recognized scientific field of study.





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