Spindle said the dramatization is not a way to advocate for or against the death penalty.
“It's an effort to dramatize the most famous trial and probably the most unjust trial,” Spindle said.
“This is designed to make a faith statement.”
Sarah Adams-Cornell, the church's director of communications, said it's important to note that Bishop and Osler will use modern-day Oklahoma law to present their cases for and against death for Jesus.
“We usually view the story in an emotional way,” she said. “To see it from a legal standpoint — how would an attorney defend or prosecute Jesus? — it's very interesting.”
Spindle said the presentation is open to the community at a time when Christians reflect on Christ's Passion.
“It's not a cantata or a pageant — it's different,” he said. “It's going to be a wonderful event.”