* Scene Four: Jesus Arrested
(Adapted from Luke 22:47-50)
Narrator: While Jesus was speaking to his disciples a
crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him,
but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?"
And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
Jesus: (optional to speak this part or narrator reads) They have no power over me. I have no intention of
(Spot light dims and focuses on the narrator.)
Narrator: This gives us a glimpse of
what it would be
like had Jesus come to earth out of selfish ambition. But the Bible
tells us Jesus came to earth to seek and to save those who are
lost. He performed miracles to fulfill the Scriptures concerning
himself. He healed and taught people because of his love and compassion for them. And he forgave
our sins by going to the cross to die in our place. He took the
punishment we deserve for sinning against Holy God.
(Bring up the lights behind the crucifixion scene. Roman Guards lead
Jesus to the cross and nail him to it. Hit a hammer against a hard
surface to make the sound of the nails being driven into Jesus' hands
and feet. As the crucifixion is depicted, narrator continues.)
Narrator: Jesus did not come to
earth out of selfish ambition. He came because he loves us, which is
why the Bible tells us he went to the cross
for the joy that was set before him (Hebrews 12:2).
The prophet Isaiah wrote, "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows . . . he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. . . . For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the
(adapted from Isaiah 53).
(Lights turn off crucifixion scene. Remove cross. Jesus
puts on a white
robe and is standing behind the curtain for the last scene.)
Narrator: Praise God, this is not the end of the story!
The Bible says, if there is no resurrection of the dead . . . our faith is futile; we are still in our sins. And those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a
man (adapted from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20).
Jesus bore our sin and rose from the grave so we can live eternally
with God in heaven!
(Raise curtain with Jesus facing the congregation with open arms. )
Jesus: "Follow Me." (Play Hallelujah Chorus or
choir sings it.)
Sarah A. Keith
"Our church put on a production of “The Un-passionate
Christ.” It was a blessed wonderful success . . . we used it as an evangelistic
tool; three people came to Christ that Saturday evening. Again thank God, thank you, and thank you for this play. Have an anointed day. Evelyn."
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