Jesus Raised Lazarus From The Dead

Jesus Raised Lazarus From The Dead

 John 11

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
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  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
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PARTICIPANTS:

Martha, who also serves as Narrator
Voice (of Jesus) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.
Thomas

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Martha

My sister Mary and I, Martha, of Bethany, sent word to Jesus that our brother Lazarus was ill.  I found out later from John what Jesus told His disciples about that.

Voice

I love Lazarus and his sisters very much. This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.

Martha

But Jesus waited two days longer, before He told His disciples they’d go to Judea again. This disturbed the disciples. Listen to Thomas.

Thomas

Rabbi, the Jews tried to stone You, and are You going there again?

Voice

Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.

Thomas

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

Voice

I meant, Lazarus is dead. Let us go to him.

Thomas

(Groan) Then let us go, too, so that we may die with Him!

Prompter & Companions

Oh! We’re in for it now!

Martha

When Jesus finally arrived at our house, He found that my brother Lazarus had been in the tomb four days. Many of the Jews had come to Mary and me, to console us. I had heard that Jesus was coming and went to meet Him. I told Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Voice

Martha, your brother will rise again.

Martha

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

Voice

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

Martha

When Jesus saw Mary and the Jews with her weeping, He was deeply troubled in spirit.

Voice

Where have you laid him?

Martha

They took Him to the tomb, a cave.  When we arrived at the tomb, Jesus wept.

Voice

Remove the stone.

Martha

Oh, Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.

Voice

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

Martha

My brother, who had died, came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings. We all screamed.

Prompter & Companions

He’s come back to life! Look! Look!

Voice

Unbind him.

Martha

After seeing what Jesus had done, many of the Jews believed in Him. But some went to the chief priests and told them about it.

 

They convened a council, and plotted,” If we that man Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away our place and our nation.”

 

Caiaphas, high priest that year, told them, “You’re not taking into account that it is expedient for us that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”

 

From that day on, they planned together to kill Jesus. He no longer walked publicly among the Jews, and the chief priests gave orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might seize Him.

DISCUSS:

What did Jesus mean when He told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life?”

 

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