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 away
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 dashed.
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 more.
This “play” is not finished. There is one more final act to take place in this world’s future.
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.