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EASTER TABLEAU – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Jesus’s death, resurrection and grace
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 1:18-2:18; Luke 2:1-20, 11:27-28
STYLE: an Easter program of: scripture readings,
. drama/soliloquies where each character
. speaks then poses around the cross;
. songs can be sung by either congregation,
. or by the characters and/or choir.
Cast: SCRIPTURE READERS (1 or up to 12),
. MARY, NICODEMUS, MARY MAGDALENE,
. MARTHA, THOMAS, PETER, CHILD,
. PERSON (or PASTOR)
. (you can choose to do all or some)
Set & Props: cross
. $15.00 USD to receive a DIRECTOR’S SCRIPT
. (plus sheet music)
. how you receive this & package description
SONG 1: "HOSANNA, LOUD HOSANNA"
. by Jenette Threlfall & Gesangbuch der Herzogel
READER 1 “But now apart from the Law
. the righteousness of God has been manifested,
. being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
. even the righteousness of God through faith
. in Jesus Christ for all those who believe;
. for there is no distinction;
. for all have sinned and fall short
. of the glory of God, being justified
. as a gift by His grace through
. the redemption which is in Christ Jesus”
. (Romans 3:21-24)
(MARY enters and delivers her soliloquy.)
MARY It was a blessing to be the mother of Jesus. 2
. But when someone had called out to Him,
. saying, “Blessed is the womb that bore You,
. and the breasts at which You nursed” -
. Jesus corrected them saying, “On the contrary,
. blessed are those who hear the word of God,
. and observe it.” So you see, I am a human
. who was born sinful, in need of saving, and
. I am no more blessed than any other believer.
. We can ALL draw near to Him as a family member
. when we accept Jesus as our personal savior.
SONG 2: “ALAS! AND DID MY SAVIOR BLEED?” (vs.1-2)
. by Isaac Watts and Hugh Wilson
READER 2 “For of His fullness we have all received,
. and grace upon grace.
. For the Law was given through Moses;
. grace and truth were realized
. through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17)
(NICODEMUS enters and delivers his soliloquy.)
NIC. Being a Pharisees, a ruler of the Jews,
. I was a learned man who knew God’s Law very well.
. But the Law does not save us,
. it only shows us how sinful we really are,
. because it is impossible for us to be
. in perfect obedience, no matter who you are.
. I understood this better after meeting
. with Jesus, when He explained to me
. that in order to get to heaven –
. we had to be born again – spiritually.
SONG 3: “WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS” (vs.1&4)
. by Isaac Watts, arranged by Lowell Mason
READER 3a “For God so loved the world,
. that He gave His only begotten Son,
. that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
. but have eternal life.
. For God did not send the Son into the world
. to judge the world, but that the world
. might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
READER 3b “For He rescued us from the domain of 3
. darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom
. of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption,
. the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
(MARY MAGDALENE enters and delivers her soliloquy.)
MARY M. Yes, I am THAT Mary. Mary Magdalene.
. I had been delivered, not only from seven demons,
. but from a life of misunderstanding and confusion,
. a life of misdirection and affliction –
. shunned by society. My sins were numerous,
. but Jesus reached out to me anyway, in mercy.
. There is not any amount of sin too great.
. When we seek His forgiveness,
. He lovingly gives us a new life,
. delivering us - FREEING us - from all our sins.
SONG 4: “HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOR!” (vs.1,3)
. by Philip P. Bliss
READER 4 “For by grace you have been saved through faith;
. and that not of yourselves,
. it is the gift of God; not as a result of works,
. so that no one may boast.
. For we are His workmanship,
. created in Christ Jesus for good works,
. which God prepared beforehand
. so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
MARTHA (enters) I had invited Jesus to our home
. for a meal. Thinking that I could earn
. Jesus’ favor, there I was, slaving away,
. while my sister lounged at His feet.
. Irritated, I pointed this out. Most men would
. have said, “You’re right, she should be working.”
. Instead, Jesus said to me, “Martha, Martha, you
. are worried and bothered about so many things,
. but only one thing is necessary.”
. Jesus did not die on the cross for my sins
. because I cooked a few meals for Him.
. It was all because of His love for us.
. Instead of worrying about anything,
. we can find joy in having a personal
. relationship with Him.
SONG 5: “HAIL THE DAY THAT SEES HIM RISE” (vs.1-3)
. by Charles Wesley & John Roberts
READER 5 “I pray that the eyes of your heart
. may be enlightened,
. so that you will know
. what is the hope of His calling,
. what are the riches of the glory
. of His inheritance in the saints, and
. what is the surpassing greatness of His power
. toward us who believe." (Ephesians 1:18-19a)
THOMAS (enters) People have nicknamed me
. “Doubting Thomas”. Even though
. I was WITH Jesus, hearing Him teach,
. seeing Him perform all those miracles –
. how could I EVER doubt that Jesus
. could rise from the dead?
. But I am not alone in this. How many others
. have seen evidence of God at work –
. and still have questions.
. How blessed we are though,
. that Jesus understands us,
. our struggles, doubts and limitations, and
. helps us see clearly, to know and understand.
SONG 6: “ARISE, MY SOUL, ARISE” (vs.1-2)
. by Charles Wesley & Lewis Edson
READER 6a “If we confess our sins,
. He is faithful and righteous
. to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
. from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
READER 6b “Now all these things are from God,
. who reconciled us to Himself through Christ
. and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
. namely, that God was in Christ
. reconciling the world to Himself,
. not counting their trespasses against them,
. and He has committed to us the word
. of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
(PETER enters and delivers his soliloquy.)
PETER Jesus had said to me, “you are Peter, 5
. and upon this rock I will build My church...”
. It is not because I was so faithful.
. In fact, I betrayed Jesus three times
. in one night. God being able to use me
. is only possible because Jesus is faithful.
. His work on the cross was so that we
. could draw close to Him, reconciled!
. And not just a onetime experience,
. His faithfulness continues to work within us.
SONG 7: “GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD” by John Stainer
READER 7 “But Jesus called for them, saying,
. ‘Permit the children to come to Me,
. and do not hinder them, for
. the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
. Truly I say to you,
. whoever does not receive the kingdom of God
. like a child will not enter it at all.’”
. (Luke 18:16-17)
CHILD (enters) Children should be seen
. and not heard.
. And some grownups do not even want to SEE us.
. So when my friends and I heard
. that Jesus was in our town,
. we tried to see Him.
. But all the men kept shooing us away,
. until we heard Jesus tell them
. to let us through.
. Jesus spent time with us
. and told us stories.
. We just knew –
. Jesus loved us very much.
SONG 8: “JESUS LOVES ME” (vs.1-2)
. by Anna B. Warner & William B. Bradbury
READER 8a “Of Him all the prophets bear witness
. that through His name everyone
. who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
. (Acts 10:43)
READER 8b “In Him we have redemption through His blood,
. the forgiveness of our trespasses,
. according to the riches of His grace
. which He lavished on us.
. In all wisdom and insight
. He made known to us the mystery of His will,
. according to His kind intention
. which He purposed in Him
. with a view to an administration
. suitable to the fullness of the times,
. that is, the summing up of all things in Christ,
. things in the heavens and things on the earth.”
. (Ephesians 1:7-11)
(PERSON enters and delivers his/her soliloquy,
OR another PERSON could give their personal testimony,
OR the PASTOR could insert a sermon in this spot.)
PERSON I always thought that the Bible was
. old fashioned, and just not for me.
. But the Bible is God’s truth
. and it is relevant to our lives today.
. I had to read it to find out for myself.
. In the Bible we see that many people were
. witnesses to Jesus’ death and resurrection,
. and their testimonies speak to us very clearly.
. We know that Jesus died for us,
. and rose again so that we might have
. a personal relationship with God the Father.
. This is why we celebrate Easter.
READER 8c “These have been written that
. you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,
. the Son of God; and that believing
. you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)
SONG 9: “CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS”
. by Matthew Bridges, Godfrey Thring, George J. Rivey