Act 1 – Scene One:
Greed had overtaken him,
and he sold out his friend and teacher.
Why? No one knows for sure. Was it just greed or was there something else
that drove him to betray his friend, his teacher and mentor. Did he not believe what was spoken by the
one, this one, who could do the impossible with a spoken word and miracles happened? Was the payment worth the betrayal? Once the wheels were in motion he was
compelled to see this through.
He joined the group that
was sent to arrest the man. They needed
him for identification purposes. It was the last place He wanted to be, but
here he was.
The group of soldiers
marched into the quiet serene garden carrying swords and spears. Why?
Were they afraid of this one solitary figure? Maybe they feared the crowd of followers and
the disciples that followed closely with the master.
Over there, look there are
his followers. He must be close by. Look they are sleeping. Just a little farther three others that were
closest to the master couldn’t stay awake either. The soldiers surrounded the group, and were amazed
when the master asked, “who are you seeking?”
Just to make sure they had the
right person the soldiers waited until the betrayer Judas kissed Jesus. The deal was done. He was taken away.
Act 1 – Scene Two:
Brought before the High
Priest to answer the accusations, he stood alone. The High Priest sent Jesus to Pilot. No fault could be found but the crowd
insisted. The cries of crucify him became
louder and more intense. Jesus was led
Act 2 – Scene 1
Beatings and mocking
filled the time in the courtyard. His
followers were afraid some left, and one stayed. He really was afraid the soldiers would recognize
him. In the end it was a young woman who
pointed him out. “You are one of them,
you follow this man,” she said. No, no
not me. Silence, then the cock crowed, and this one disciple knew Jesus’ words
were true his denial was complete.
The road to Golgotha’s hill
was brutal. He was so broken in body he
couldn’t carry his own cross and another was compelled to carry it for
him. The street was lined will people,
some mocking and jeering while others wept silently as they remembered all the
good he had done.
Act 2 – Scene 2
Thrown down on a wooden
cross you could hear the echo of the hammer hitting the spikes in his hands and
feet. The loud thud as the cross was dropped into the hole caused his body to be
consumed with spasms. His followers and
disciples gazed upon this man thinking all is lost and their hopes and dreams
He had no tomb until one
man asked for the body and he was laid in a borrowed grave. The stone rolled into place and sealed. The world thought it was over.
Act 3 – Scene 1
It was early on the third
day when three women went to the tomb.
They were going to finish anointing the body with spices. Much to their surprise the stone was rolled
away. The body was gone. What happened? Did someone take the body.
Act 3 – Scene 2
Mary, alone in the garden became
aware of one standing near. Looking at
the man she asked do you know if Jesus’ body has been moved. Overcome by her grief, she did not recognize
the one she loved so much until he said her name. It was true just like he said. He had risen and was alive and lives forever
This “play” is not finished. There is one more final act to take place in this
Yes, he is risen, yes, he
ascended into heaven.
Maybe you are one of the
scoffers or unbelievers and think of these happenings as just a fairy tale to
make people feel good.
One day the finale will
unfold, and Jesus will come back to earth again to call his true followers’
home. Today just as in those days there are
many that do not believe.
JESUS WAS BORN, HE DIED,
HE IS RISEN AND IS COMING BACK AGAIN.