Special Project: The Supreme Court

Main Idea: In a courtroom setting, one side will try to convince the judge and a jury of the truthfulness of a Biblical event such as the resurrection, and the other side will try to refute it.  This is a good introduction to apologetics.

Example: Did resurrection really happen?

Witnesses for the “Yes” side:

            The three Mary’s

            Disciples who went to the grave

Witnesses for the “No” side:

            A medical doctor

            A forensic scientist

            Pontius Pilate

            The Roman guards

            The Jewish high priest

There would be opening and closing arguments and cross examinations.  The Sunday school teacher would be the judge in deciding whether the tactics are allowed.  Students are allowed to create evidence exhibits based on the stated matters found in the Bible (for instance, the big stone in front of the grave is allowed, but a photograph of a resurrected Jesus is not allowed).

An example of a cross examination:

Lawyer for the “Yes” side: So, Mr. Roman Guard, you claim to have fallen asleep on the job and the disciples came and stole Jesus’ dead body while you were sleeping, right?

Roman Guard: Yes.

Lawyer: Since the stone is at least two tons, moving it would make quite a lot of noise and take quite a few people, huh?  You must be in really deep sleep.  Are you admitting that you failed to perform the duty to which you were assigned?  It wasn’t a small nap at all, was it?  You really slept like a dead person!

Guard: I…

Lawyer: Frankly, admitting the truth, which is that some angels came and moved the stone for Jesus who came out of the grave is actually better for your career!  You were frightened by the angels, weren’t you? 

Guard: I…

Lawyer: The true explanation would actually set you free from ridiculous lie that would cause you a big problem before your own military inquiry.  The true explanation would also answer that question which you couldn’t answer—who moved that big, heavy stone?


Note: Due to the difficulty of preparing the arguments and refuting the other side on the spot, significant amount of coaching by the instructor may be required.

This project was developed by George Huang.  Got a question or want to publish this lesson?  E-mail me.

Last updated: 11/1/2003