Jesus’ Resurrection

Jesus’ Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-10

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PARTICIPANTS:

Narrator
Angel #1
Angel #2
Women (2 or 3)

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:

Narrator

We will relive the events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection, from Matthew 28. Following the Sabbath during which Jesus rested in death, as dawn neared toward the first day of the week, women were on their way to see the grave.

Prompter & Companions

Earthquake! Help! Help!

Narrator

An Angel rolled away the stone and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him, becoming like dead men, and the Angel spoke to the women.

Angel

Ladies, Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come and see where He was lying. Then, go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead. He is going ahead of them into Galilee; there they will see Him.

Narrator

The women ran from the tomb with fear and great joy.

Women

(Run a few steps) Oh! Let’s hurry and report this to Jesus’ disciples.

Narrator

On their way, Jesus met them. They took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.

Voice

Do not fear, ladies. Go and tell my brothers to go and meet Me in Galilee.

Narrator

Jesus appeared to many of His followers after that, before He ascended into heaven.

Now let us review the resurrection from a viewpoint outside of earth and earth’s time. Angels in heaven see what mortal eyes cannot see and hear what mortal ears cannot hear.

Angel #1

Look! Jesus is descending into our enemy’s stronghold, the realm of death, into Hades, the abode of the dead. Oh, see how Satan is gloating!

Angel #2

Yes. The Old Dragon is reaching out with greedy claws to clutch his prize so foully gained!

Angel #1

To achieve his evil purpose, Satan uses the Almighty’s own eternal decree. God made it known to the first man in the Garden of Eden: all men who sin must die. The Old Serpent told the first lie spoken on earth: he told Eve that she’d not die.

Angel #1

So that’s why the Old Dragon can hold his dead captives in his realm of death. God’s own law demands the death of the sinner.

Angel #2

Yes, but the reverse side of that same law is also what also frees sinners. The unrighteous must die, but that also means that the righteous must live. Since Jesus never sinned and is holy, He must escape death. Satan has no claim upon Him.

Angel #1

Look! Jesus, who lay in total repose over the Sabbath day of rest, is now stirring! Wow! He broke the Old Serpent’s fangs. God no longer hears the accuser’s poisonous accusations.

Angel #2

And Jesus broke the grip of the Old Dragon’s greedy claws. Satan can no longer keep his grip on his captives.

Angel #2

Look! Jesus is leading the captives, covered by His atoning blood, out of death’s prison. Jesus has opened the way for them to follow Him out of sin and death into Glory.

Prompter & Companions

We’re free! We’re free! Follow Jesus!

DISCUSS:

Why did both Jesus and the Apostle Paul state that the believer’s resurrection is already a reality?

In what ways did Jesus’ death and resurrection destroy the power of Satan, the Accuser of the Brothers?

Why did Paul call Jesus the “final Adam” when explaining our resurrection? (1 Cor. 15:45)

 

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