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QUESTIONING THE MIRACLES OF JESUS
. – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: miracles, authority of Jesus, salvation
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 9:1-35
Style: drama/conversation: people who have been
. healed by Jesus, discuss their experiences
Cast: PERSON 1 (young man), P 2 (male)
. P 3 (young woman), P 4 (male or female)
Set & Props:
(PERSON 1, 2 and 3 enter as a group and stop to talk.
PERSON 4 enters from the other side, and comments as if
he/she has just seen something and is commenting more
to himself/herself than the people around him/her.)
P 4 Ah, who does that Jesus think He is,
. anyway? What a bunch of nonsense!
(PERSON 1, 2 and 3 hear this and look at PERSON 4.)
P 3 What are you talking about?
P 4 Jesus! He’s over there again,
. doing His tricks.
P 2 Why do you think they’re only tricks?
P 4 Some kid was ranting and raving
. like a maniac, when Jesus supposedly
. cast the demons out of him.
P 1 Was his name Zedekiah?
P 4 That may have been his name.
P 1 (to group) Awesome! Jesus has
. healed Zedekiah!
P 4 Are you in on it too?
P 3 In on what?
P 4 The trick? The sham! This guy 2
. could easily fake being demon-possessed.
. Then Jesus, or anybody for that matter,
. could tell the demons to come out–
. and then the person just has to act all normal.
P 1 Zedekiah has been demon-possessed
. for a few years now. The High Priests
. have tried to help him before,
. but then it would only get worse again.
P 4 Maybe he wasn’t really demon-possessed.
. Maybe he was just a little crazy.
P 3 Noooo, I saw him a few times. Very scary!
P 4 I just don’t believe you - or what I saw.
. YOU don’t buy into this, do you?
P 2 I really do. I believe that Jesus
. is the Son of God.
P 4 Without any proof?
P 2 There’s lots of proof. Are you blind?
P 4 I’m not blind, are you?
P 2 Actually, I WAS. I was born blind,
. and was reduced to being a beggar on the streets.
. Me and this other guy, who was also blind,
. we’d stick together for safety.
. Anyway, we would hear people on the streets
. talking about how Jesus could heal diseases
. and things. So then one day,
. we heard Jesus walking by –
P 4 If you were blind, how’d you know
. it was Jesus? Huh?
P 2 We heard all the people talking to Jesus,
. and then – we heard Him speak – we just knew.
. In our hearts – we sensed that there was
. something very different about this Man.
. So we got up and tried to follow the voices.
. Jesus heard us calling out to Him and He stopped
. and healed us, just by touching our eyes.
P 4 Come on, you expect me to believe that?
P 2 Hey, that’s your choice. I KNOW I was blind,
. and now I see. And my family has seen
. the difference. I’m not just talking about
. the physical change, they have noticed
. how my whole life has changed.
P 4 Well, sure. Whatever.
P 1 Not “whatever.” The same thing happened with me.
P 4 You were blind too?
P 1 No. I was paralyzed. My entire life.
P 3 He was. He couldn’t walk at all.
P 1 So when my friends saw the boat
. coming back to town, with Jesus in it,
. they carried me to the shore to wait for Him.
. When they landed, other people were
. also waiting for Him. But Jesus saw me and
. told me that because of my faith
. “my sins were forgiven.” Well,
. this angered the scribes. So Jesus told me
. to rise up, take my bed, and go home.
. This was to show everyone that He had
. the authority on earth to forgive sins.
P 4 Aw, come on! So Jesus is saying that
. His reason for healing people is just
. to prove to everyone that He can forgive sins?
. Do people even care about that?
P 1 You know, years ago, if you would have asked me
. this question, I might have said that
. the most important thing to me - would be to walk.
. But now that Jesus forgave my sins,
. this new life change in me – is WAY better
. than having the use of my legs.
P 4 Oh please. So if you had to choose
. this new life, or being able to walk –
. you’d chose the new life.
P 1 Definitely! Being able to walk is nice, 4
. but having a personal relationship with God –
. well – there is just no comparison.
P 4 I don’t believe it.
P 2 Yeah, we kind of get that. I guess
. in order to be saved, you have to realize
. your need for help. When you have issues,
. like being blind or paralyzed, you see
. the physical need for help. But I saw
. my spiritual need for help. We are sinners,
. and can’t have peace in our hearts
. as long as sin is still there.
P 3 Where there is sin, there is death.
. But I know that Jesus can save us from death.
P 4 Ha! That’s outrageous! How could
. you even know this?
P 3 I was dead. I was physically dead.
P 4 Ah, yeah, sure.
P 3 I was. I had become very sick, and then – died.
. As in - passed away.
P 4 Maybe you weren’t really dead.
P 3 My dad is a synagogue official.
. So he’s been around quite a few dead people,
. and he’s not the kind of man to jump
. to conclusions. Despite what the Pharisees
. were saying and thinking, he went to find Jesus,
. knowing that Jesus could raise me up. Jesus came
. and just took my hand, and I – woke up.
P 4 So you WERE just sleeping.
P 3 Ahhhhh – heavenly sleep – if you want to
. call it that. Jesus told the people
. that I was just sleeping, and everyone laughed
. at Him. They all KNEW that I was very dead.
. They were already starting the funeral
P 2 Jesus can heal you, too. 5
P 4 I don’t need healing.
P 1 Sure you do. You are paralyzed - not going
. anywhere with your life - unable to help yourself.
P 2 And you are certainly blind, because you
. do not see what is right in front of you.
. You do not understand the bigger picture.
P 3 And you are dead in your sins.
. Believe in Jesus, and He will give you life.
. No one else can do this.
P 4 Well, it’s something to think about.
(PERSON 4 begins to walk away in the direction he/she
had original intended, but stops to think, then goes back
to where he/she had come from [where Jesus would be].
P 1, 2 and 3 look at each other, then follow P 4.)