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028. Jesus Rises from the Dead, as Seen by Angels

ZwPI8cfkJesus Rises from the Dead, as Seen by Angels
About 5 minutes, from Matthew 28:1-10

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

Angel

God sends me from heaven to Jesus’ grave.
It is early on the first day of the week, and the earth shakes.

Prompter & Echoes

Earthquake!

Angel

I roll away the Roman soldiers’ heavy stone and sit upon it.
The Roman guards shake for fear and become like dead men.
Now they have fled, and a few women come weeping.

Grieving woman

Oh, look! An angel in shining white clothes!
Bright as lightning!

Prompter & Echoes

He is terrifying!

Grieving woman

The angel has rolled the stone away! He is powerful!
Oh, he sees us! Help!

Angel

Do not fear. You seek your Lord whom men have slain.
He is risen, just as he had said. Come see where he was lain.

Grieving woman

We go in and look.

Prompter & Echoes

The tomb is empty!

Angel

Go quickly, tell Jesus’ disciples that he has risen from the dead.
He goes before them into Galilee;
there they will meet him on a mountain.

Grieving woman

We go, and Jesus meets us; we hold his feet and worship him.
We are afraid.

Voice

Do not fear. Go and tell my brothers to go and meet me in Galilee.

Angel

Jesus appears to many after that, before he ascends to glory.
He has forgiven men their sins and given them eternal life.

Prompter & Echoes

Infinite grace!

Angel

In Eden God told the man that all who sin must die,
but then the father of all lies told Eve,
“You surely will not die!”

Prompter & Echoes

The first lie ever spoken on earth!

Angel

Satan knows that men must die if they disobey God.
They have to die, because it is God’s law,
and the lying fiend makes use of it!

Prompter & Echoes

The wages of sin is death.

Angel

Now we angels understand what Jesus Christ has done!
Through his death, he has cancelled Satan’s power over death.
He has freed believers from Adam’s curse and the fear of death.

Prompter & Echoes

The devil’s slaves are freed!

Prompter & Echoes

We live forever!

Grieving woman

Now, the third day of Jesus’ death has dawned,
and the greatest miracle of all time has happened!

Angel

The Lord, who lay resting in death’s repose
on the Sabbath day now lives!

Grieving woman

We ladies run to tell the disciples the wonderful news.
He has risen!

Prompter & Echoes

Death is defeated!