He Is Risen

(The stage is set on two levels. Center stage on the top level is a news desk. GUY NOSY sits at the desk.)

GUY NOSY

Good evening. I am Guy Nosy, and this is Canaan Action News. Our top story tonight: Local rabbi's death brings controversy when the body disappears from the tomb. Soldiers claim that his followers stole the body while they slept. Snoop Scoop is live on the scene. Snoop?

(SNOOP SCOOP comes on stage at the lower level. A cameraman and a Roman captain accompany him.)

SNOOP

Snoop Scoop here, reporting for Canaan Action News. I am here at the scene with the captain of the Roman guard who were watching the tomb of the rabbi. So, telling me, Captain, why were you guarding the tomb anyway?

CAPTAIN

Well, this guy, Jesus, he claimed that when he was killed that he would rise from the dead. We were sent here to make sure that his followers didn't come and steal the body and then proclaim that he rose from the dead.

SNOOP

So, you failed then?

CAPTAIN

Well, I.. um.. I wouldn't call it a failure.

SNOOP

But the body is missing. You claim they stole it while you slept.

CAPTAIN

Hey, man, you know what the penalty is for sleeping on duty?

SNOOP

Death.

CAPTAIN

Darn tootin'! My guys weren't sleeping.

 

SNOOP

Then, what happened?

CAPTAIN

There was this big earthquake, see. We were thrown around like bags of straw. My guys were knocked out. No one was sleeping on my shift. No, sir! Not my shift!

SNOOP

So, the earthquake knocked you out?

CAPTAIN

Not me! I managed to keep my feet about me.

SNOOP

What happened next?

CAPTAIN

There was this guy. He shone bright like the sun. Lit up the whole place. He came and rolled the stone away from tomb. I could see inside, and the darn thing was empty!

SNOOP

And what did you do?

CAPTAIN

I.. well, I…

SNOOP

Yes?

CAPTAIN

Oh, okay! I was scared! So, scared… I… uh, I fainted.

SNOOP

(trying not to laugh)

You, uh, fainted?

CAPTAIN

Yeah, yeah, you would have, too! I never saw anything like that guy in my life before. He was like a ghost.

SNOOP

There you have it, Guy. As far as this guy knows a ghost stole the body.

(Snoop, Captain and cameraman exit.)

 

GUY NOSY

Thanks, Snoop. We now take you live to our reporter in the field Eon Enfield. Eon?

(EON ENFIELD, CAMERAMAN, and MARY come on stage at the lower level.)

EON

Thanks, Guy. I am here with Mary Magdalene who claims she saw Jesus rose from the dead. Now, Mary, you say you saw Jesus?

MARY

Yes. We were coming to put spices on his body. Things had happened so quickly on Friday evening, and we didn't have time to give him a proper burial. When we got there, we found the stone rolled away, and his body gone.

EON

What did you do then?

MARY

Well, the other ladies went to tell his disciples. I… I stayed here. I…

(starts to cry)

I didn't know what had happened. I began to cry.

EON

What happened next?

MARY

I saw who I thought was the caretaker of the garden. I asked him to tell me where they had taken the body. Then, he said my name… Mary.

(There is a long pause.)

EON

And?

MARY

I looked up and it was Jesus. I was so excited! I ran back to tell Peter and John. While I was on my way, I saw him again.

EON

Couldn't it just be that you wanted to see him?

 

MARY

No, oh, no. I'm not the only one who has seen him. His disciples and others have seen him as well. He is alive!

EON

There you have it, Guy. A witness who says she has seen Jesus alive.

(Eon, Cameraman, and Mary exit.)

GUY NOSY

So, there you have it. Is Jesus alive or is it just a case of grave robbery? I have a feeling this will be a controversy for years to come. I'm Guy Nosy and this is Canaan Action News. Good night.

(Guy exits.)

 

© 2004 E. E. Perry

 

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