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Easter play - The Revealing of God

  1. 1. Easter Play - The Revealing of GodCast:Jesus (dialogue) (Scenes 3-14) High Priest (dialogue) (Scenes 5, 8, Servant (Scene 4) Also part of 10) - Stay in background for Scene crowd – scenes 5, 8, 12, 13Lucifer (Scenes 1, 13) 5 Woman caught in adultery (ScenesPilate (dialogue) (Scenes 11, 12) Adam (Scene 2) 5, 13)4 Roman soldiers (1 has dialogue) Eve (Scene 2) Angel (in all Scenes EXCEPT 7, 8, &(Scenes 12, 13) 12) Blind person (Scene 4) Also part ofCrowd of Jewish people (Scenes 5, Crowd – Scenes 5, 8, 12, 13 3 sick people (Scene 12) Also part8, 12, 13) of crowd – scenes 5, 8, 12, 13 Deaf person (Scene 4) Also part ofJudas (dialogue) (Scenes 8, 10) crowd – Scenes 5, 8, 12, 13 Herod (dialogue) (Scene 12)12 Disciples (1 disciple has Lame person (Scene 4) Also part of Jewish Man (dialogue)(Scene 5)dialogue) (Scenes 6, 7, 8) crowd – Scenes 5, 8, 12, 13 Also part of crowd – Scenes 5, 8,Chief Priest (dialogue) (Scenes 9, Leper (Scene 4) Also part of crowd 12, 13)12) – Scenes 5, 8, 12, 13Choir Song: What a Wondrous Love is This[Words on screen]Angel: Long, long ago, all creation was in perfect harmony with the Creator, who designed the universe to operate onthe law of other-centered love. We all existed in a state of perfect joy. Love for God and each other filled our heartsand we continually learned more beautiful truths about our Kind, Loving Creator. All of us were in harmony with andconnected to the Life-Giver, God.But then…jealousy began to grow in the mind of Lucifer [spotlight appears on the proud-looking Lucifer], the angel whohad been the most honored and was highest in glory and power. Lucifer, a created being, wanted to be worshiped.[Lucifer points to himself, then to God with a look of anger] He wanted to be like the Most High, and accused God ofbeing selfish, and of creating worship slaves. [Lucifer interacts with other angels] A war of words broke out in heaven.Lucifer, who was one of my closest friends, spread lies about God to the other angels, convincing one-third of us thatGod could not be trusted. The rest of us were not sure if Lucifer was telling the truth, or if God was. Lucifer and hisfollowers were out of harmony with God’s law of other-centered love – they separated themselves from the Source ofLife - God. But even though they were separated from God, He could not permit them to die. Do you see? God wasbetween a rock and a hard place. If He allowed Lucifer and his followers to die, then we, the angels who weren’t surewho was telling the truth, would feel forced to worship God out of fear. And God doesn’t want beings who worship Himout of fear - love cannot exist in the presence of fear.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 2: Page 1 of 8
  2. 2. Angel: The war spread to planet earth when Lucifer, now called Satan (the adversary), convinced Adam and Eve[spotlight on Adam and Eve holding, then eating an apple] to believe his lies about God. He told them that they didn’tneed God, and that they could live forever without Him. They believed Satan, and instantly, Adam and Eve’s originalnature of unselfish, other-centered love was replaced by self-centered love (selfishness) and fear of God. [Adam andEve look afraid] All of humanity has inherited this nature.But God did not abandon the human race and allow them to die out right then and there. He immediately went toAdam and Eve in a non-threatening way, but in their confusion, they were afraid of Him and hid. They thought God wasangry, but he was broken-hearted, knowing the pain and suffering all humanity would endure. He comforted Adam andEve by promising that He would eventually win the war with Satan, and restore humanity and earth to its originalcondition. In the meantime, Satan was allowed time to develop his government on planet earth, enslaving humanitywith lies and deception while God works to win the heart of every human being using the principles of freedom andtruth.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 3:Angel: When the time was right, God placed Himself in the stream of humanity, and was born on planet earth. Weknow Him as Jesus [spotlight appears on Jesus, with uplifted arms and a smile on His face]. He was fully God and fullyman, but He laid aside His Divinity to live among humans in their fallen state. His primary mission: to reveal the truthabout God, thereby destroying the lies that prevent trust and to demonstrate the result of total separation from God.[Turn spotlight off – see words on screen] These revelations would provide healing, otherwise known as salvation. Jesuscame to heal humanity by removing Satan’s lies from their minds. It is only then that the Holy Spirit can dwell in themand restore them to His image. All who place their trust in God experience healing of the mind when they understandwhat He is truly like and undergo a transformation of character through His restorative power.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 4:[Lights on - Jesus stands by large clay containers.Angel: At the age of 30, Jesus began His ministry by performing a miracle to bless a wedding ceremony. He graciouslyturned ordinary water into extraordinary unfermented wine. Servant uses a ladle to pour liquid into a cup and tastes it –has a look of surprise] [Jesus heals the sick – covers eyes of the blind with his hands, covers ears of the deaf with his hands, etc.] He restoredsight to the blind. The deaf became hearing. The paralyzed could walk again. Lepers were cleansed. Everywhere Hewent, He made people whole. These physical healings led to spiritual healing as all saw that God is full of compassion,love, and seeks only to heal and restore.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 5[A group of men throw a woman down to the ground, who cries silently and looks terrified] Jewish Man: "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The Law of Moses teaches that a woman like thisshould be stoned to death! What do you say?" Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. [Jesus stoops down and writes on the ground]Jesus: "If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her!"[Once again he bent over and began writing on the ground. The people look at what Jesus wrote and leave, one by one.]Jesus: "Where is everyone? Isnt there anyone left to accuse you?"Woman: "No, sir,"Jesus: "I am not going to accuse you, either. You may go now, but dont sin anymore.”Angel: God does NOT condemn humanity. God is not angry with human beings for being born into this world with fallennatures. He does not need to be reconciled to humanity – it is humans who need to be reconciled to Him. God neverchanged – He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If you want to know what God is like, study the words andactions of Jesus.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 6:[Jesus sits with some of His disciples]Philip: “Show us the Father, Lord, and we shall be satisfied.”Jesus: “Have I been such a long time with you without your really knowing me, Philip? The man who has seen Me hasseen the Father. It is the Father who lives in Me who carries out His work through Me.”Angel: Because humanity’s perception of God is diminished and distorted, God’s words and actions are easilymisunderstood. The Jews expected the Messiah to arrive as a conquering hero who would destroy the enemies theydespised, the Romans, not realizing that God also loves their enemies. The nation of Israel never expected the Messiahto arrive as a baby needing the care and love of earthly parents. And even though Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of thisworld,” they wanted to crown Him King of the Jews.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 7:[Jesus and His disciples go to the Garden of Gethsemane, where they go to sleep. Jesus kneels and prays to His Father]Jesus: Father, its time. I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do. Ispelled out your character in detail to the men and women you gave me.[Jesus stands up and walks toward His sleeping disciples]Jesus: My betrayer is here.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 8:[Jesus and His disciples walk toward the high priests and religious leaders] Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. [Judas speaks to High Priest]Judas: "The one I kiss, thats the One—seize Him."Judas: "How are you, Rabbi?"[Judas kisses Jesus]Jesus: "Friend, why this charade?"[crowd grabs Jesus][One of Jesus’ disciples lifts up his sword and cuts off the Chief Priest’s servant’s ear][The servant grabs his ear in pain and falls down on his knees][Jesus picks up the ear and heals the man, then turns to his disciples]Jesus: "Put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords. If I wanted to, I could ask myFather to send 12 companies of angels to help me!”[Jesus turns to the crowd]Jesus: "Am I leading a band of armed men against you? Do you have to come out with swords and clubs to capture me?Every day I sat in the temple courtyard teaching. And you didnt arrest me.”[Jesus’ disciples turn and run away]__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 9:[Crowd leads Jesus to the Jewish Council]Angel: The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to make up charges against Jesus in order to sentenceHim to death. But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable– until…[Two men step forward]Man: "He said, I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it."[Chief Priest stands up]Chief Priest: "What do you have to say to this accusation?"[Jesus is silent]Chief Priest: "I command you by the authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. Jesus: "Those are your words. But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, thePowerful One, and coming on clouds in the sky."Chief Priest: "He blasphemed! Why do we need witnesses to accuse him? You all heard him blaspheme! Are you going tostand for such blasphemy?"Jewish leader: "Death! That seals his death sentence."__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 10:[Judas hands the high priest a bag of coins]Judas: "Ive sinned. Ive betrayed an innocent man."High Priest: "What do we care? Thats your problem!"[Judas throws down bag of coins and looks distraught]Angel: Judas went out and hung himself.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 11:Angel: Jesus was placed before Pilate.Pilate: "Are you the King of the Jews?"Jesus: "My kingdom does not belong to this world; if my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight tokeep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. No, my kingdom does not belong here!”Pilate: "So you are a king.”Jesus: "You are saying that I am a king. I was born into this world to tell about the truth. And everyone who belongs tothe truth knows my voice."Pilate: "What is truth?"____________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 12:[Soldiers put Jesus before the crowd]Pilate: "Here is the man!"Crowd: "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. Pilate: "You take him and crucify Him! I dont find him guilty of anything."Crowd: "He claimed to be the Son of God! Our Jewish Law says that he must be put to death."Pilate: "Where are you from?"[Jesus remains silent]Pilate: "Why wont you answer my question? Dont you know that I have the power to let you go free or to nail you to across?"Jesus: "If God had not given you the power, you couldnt do anything at all to me. But the one who handed me over toyou did something even worse."Chief Priest: “He is from Galilee.”Pilate: “Galilee? Then take this Man to Herod.”[The soldiers take Jesus to Herod][A few sick-looking people are brought before Jesus]Herod: “People say that You can heal the sick. If You can work miracles, work them now for Your own good!”[Jesus is silent]Herod: “Is it true that You can raise someone from the dead? Is it true that You can destroy the temple and rebuild it inthree days? Are you the Son of God?”[Jesus is silent][Herod and his soldiers make fun of Jesus and insult him, putting a purple robe on Him]Herod: “Take Him back to Pilate.”[Jesus is taken back to Pilate][Pilate addresses crowd]Pilate: “What do you want me to do? Herod and I both have found no fault in this Man that is worthy of death.”Crowd: "If you set this man free, you are no friend of Caesar! Anyone who claims to be a king is an enemy of Caesar."Pilate: "I dont find this Man guilty of anything! And since I usually set a prisoner free for you at Passover, would youlike for me to set free the King of the Jews?"Jewish leaders: "No, not him! We want Barabbas."Crowd: "Crucify him! Crucify him!Pilate: "So you want me to nail your king to a cross?" Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. Chief priests: "Caesar is our king!"[Jesus, soldiers, and crowd exit and go around to the front of the church]Crowd: "Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him!Male Solo - Song: Watch the Lamb or Were You There?__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 13:[Jesus carries the cross with soldiers leading and following. Women follow behind Jesus, crying.Jesus: “Daughters, don’t cry for me, but cry for yourselves and your children.”A whip cracks against his back. Jesus drops the cross and someone from the crowd carries it for Him. Soldiers nail Jesusto the cross and gamble for his clothing]Crowd: “If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross and save yourself! Save yourself! Save yourself, now!”[Lucifer/Satan is near Jesus]Angel: But Jesus refused to use His power to save Himself, but instead, offered Himself freely. About noon the skyturned dark and stayed that way until around three oclock. Then around that time Jesus shouted:Jesus: "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"[Jesus breathes His last breath]Centurion: “Surely, He is the Son of God!”Angel: Jesus felt completely abandoned by the Father and totally separated from Him. He felt He would not arise fromthe grave. The prophet Isaiah foresaw that humans would think that His suffering was punishment sent by God (Isaiah53:4). In actuality, Jesus and the Father together demonstrated that total separation from the Source of Life results inthe ending of life.[Jesus is taken down from the cross by two high-ranking Jewish men]Angel: The cross is the pinnacle moment in universal history where all discover that God is good, that God can betrusted, that He even forgives people who would torture Him to death, and that He would lay down his own life to saveothers. It will forever be remembered as both the greatest and worst day. The cross is the clearest revelation of Godscharacter, but it is also the clearest revelation of sin, Satan, and humanity.__________________________________________________________________________________________________Scene 14:Angel: Early Sunday morning, there was a great earthquake as the Lords angel came down from heaven and rolledaway the stone. [spotlight on the tomb – Jesus steps out, arms raised to God]. Jesus’ resurrection was the natural result Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. of destroying the infection of selfishness and restoring God’s law of life (the law of love) back into humanity. He is theremedy. He is the Savior of the world. He is the God‐man through whom God’s very nature of love flows back intohumanity again. Christ did what no other being could do. He revealed the truth about God to win all His intelligentbeings back to trust, including us unfallen beings. But more than this, He became a substitute by taking humanity’sfallen condition upon Himself in order to cure, fix, and heal humanity in His own Person. He perfected humanity! Heachieved what Adam was created to become. It is because of His victory, because of His achievement that all who trustHim will be infused with His Holy Spirit, the One who takes all Christ has achieved and reproduces it. Through Christ allare healed to live eternally with Him!Choir Song: Christ the Lord is Risen TodaySolo – Lead Me To The Cross Page 8 of 8