(very frightened) What was that noise? (Pointing to
ANGEL) And WHAT is THAT?
(Shaking in his shoes) I-I-I d-d-don't
know. Let's get out of here. (They
A Group of Women enter slowly, talking among
themselves. Women may enter from rear of church or audience.
It's the least we
can do for Him - to anoint His body with spices.
I just wish we could've
done it on the evening of His death. It would have been so much better
then. I know Joseph and Nicodemus prepared His body for burial, but I
want to do something for Him, too.
How are we going to get along without our Lord? It's
I know how you feel, but right now I'm
wondering how we'll get the stone
away from the tomb. It will be much too heavy for us to move.
Maybe together the four of us can roll it away.
Don't be foolish,
Salome. That stone is much too heavy for us to move.
(Astounded) Look! The stone is rolled away. Who
could have done that?
Women all run to tomb and then stop in shock
He's not here!
Someone has stolen His body and taken it away! (She begins to sob.)
The Angel appears
and the women are terrified.
Do not be afraid. I know that you seek Jesus who was
crucified, but He is not here. He is risen, as He said. Come, see the
place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that
He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into
Galilee; there you will see Him.
understand. How can this be? I watched as they nailed Him to the
cross, and I saw Him die. I saw them take Him down, and place Him in
the tomb. My Lord is dead. How can you say that He's
true. He is risen. Go, tell the disciples.
Mary, Salome, Joanna
alive! He is risen. Come, Mary, let's
The three women go,
praising God, and shouting He's
alive! Mary Magdalene
The four women exit.
The two guards enter
--followed by Caiaphas
I tell you, it happened just as we said. There was an
earthquake, and then we saw a man all dressed in white, and his face
was all lit up like lightning or something.
And he came and rolled away the stone, and the tomb
You two are just imagining all of this. You probably
had a bad dream. Either that or you're
We are NOT drunk. Surely you can tell that by looking
Then it must have been a dream.
But the tomb is empty. The body is gone, I tell you!
If the tomb is empty, his disciples must have stolen
his body while you slept. He predicted that He'd
rise again on the third day. So they have stolen the body so they can
claim that He's come back to life.
Maybe he did come back to life.
That's absurd. The
council has discussed this matter, and there is no way that can be
possible. (Draws out bag of money from his cloak) Here. You two take
this money, and tell everyone that the disciples stole His body while
But how do you explain the man in white - the angel?
That was just part of your dream.
But we weren't
asleep. We had the night watch, and we did not go to sleep.
Of course you did. That's
how the disciples were able to steal the body.
But we would be in serious trouble if we went to sleep
during our watch.
Don't worry about
that. The council and I will see to it that nothing happens to you.
Just tell everyone that the disciples came during the night and stole
him away while you were sleeping. And forget all about the angel you
THINK you saw. The disciples rolled the stone away when they took the
body. Now get going. (The three men exit.)
The women re-enter and meet Peter and John.
Oh, Peter, they have taken the Lord away from the
tomb, and I do not know where they have lain Him.
He is risen. The angel said so.
Mary's right. That's
what the angel said.
But it can't be
(To John) Let's go
see for ourselves. (They start walking toward tomb.)
Come, Mary, let's
go tell the other disciples.
No, I can't. I'm
going with Peter and John. You all go ahead. (She follows Peter and
John. Other three women exit.)
(Peter and John run to tomb. John gets to tomb first,
and stops outside and looks in. Peter comes up behind and goes on into
Look, John! Here are the linen cloths He was wrapped
in. (Picks up handkerchief from around
His head) And look! Here's
the handkerchief from around His head. He's
He is indeed alive! He has risen from the dead!
Hallelujah! He's alive! Praise
Let's go tell the
others, Peter. (THEY leave.)
(She stands outside the tomb, weeping. Then she turns
around and sees Jesus, but she does not recognize Him.)
Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you seeking?
Sir, are you the gardener? If You have carried my Lord
away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.
Rab-boni! (She falls at His feet to worship Him.)
Don't cling to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell
them, I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.
Do I have to go? I'd
like to just stay here with you.
Yes, Mary. You must go and tell the others so they
will believe. Tell them you have seen me, and I'm
alive. I have risen from the dead.
Mary runs away, and Jesus disappears.
Peter appears on stage and sings He's
Alive by Don Francisco
song, the women and the disciples walk back through the aisle of
church, shouting HE's
ALIVE. Praise God! Hallelujah!
HE IS RISEN!
1998 Nancy Hedrick Harper
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