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020. The Lord Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead


ZwPI8cfkThe Lord Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead
About 5 minutes, from John 11

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events, not to perform)
   Martha
   Mary
   Voice (of Jesus)
   Thomas
   Prompter            Shout a brief line, and Echoes repeat it.
   Echoes               Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Mary

Martha, why hasn’t Jesus come?

Prompter & Echoes

It’s an emergency!

Martha

I don’t know, Mary. We sent word to him days ago
that our brother Lazarus was seriously ill.

Prompter & Echoes

Why hasn’t Jesus come to Bethany?

Thomas

Meanwhile, we disciples of Jesus also wonder why he delays.
Martha and her sister Mary had sent him word several days ago,
that their brother Lazarus was dying. They are close friends,
but Jesus has done nothing about it. Hear what he tells us.

Voice

I love Lazarus and his sisters very much.
This sickness is not to end in death; it will glorify God.

Prompter & Echoes

Jesus waits two days longer!

Voice

I am going to Judea, to Bethany, to awaken Lazarus out of his sleep.

Thomas

Lord, if he has fallen asleep, then he will recover.

Voice

Lazarus is dead.

Prompter & Echoes

Oh no!

Thomas

Rabbi, Jewish leaders tried to stone you the last time
you went to Judea. Are you going there again?

Voice

I must go.

Thomas

  (Groan) Then let us go, too, and die with him!

Prompter & Echoes

We will die with him!

Voice

Come with me.

Thomas

It’s a long, sad journey to Bethany.
The closer we get, the more dread I feel.

Mary

Martha, I’m surprised that so many Jews have come to console us
after our brother Lazarus’ death.

Martha

Oh, Mary, look! Jesus is coming! I’m going out to meet him.

Prompter & Echoes

See Martha run!

Martha

Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

Voice

Martha, your brother will rise again.

Martha

I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.

Voice

He who believes in me will live even if he dies.
I am the resurrection and the life.

Prompter & Echoes

Resurrection and life!

Martha

Oh! Jesus sees Mary and the Jews weeping, and he is deeply troubled.

Voice

Where have you laid Lazarus?

Martha

In a tomb, Lord; it’s a small cave. Come.

Thomas

Look. Now Jesus is weeping!

Prompter & Echoes

Weeping!

Voice

Remove the stone.

Martha

But Lord, by now there’ll be a stench;
he’s been dead for four days.

Voice

I told you, Martha, that if you believe,
you will see the glory of God.
(
Shout loudly) Lazarus, come forth!

Martha

My brother comes forth bound hand and foot with wrappings!

Voice

Unbind him.

Thomas

Look! He’s come back to life!

Prompter & Echoes

He’s alive!