The death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His subsequent resurrection from the dead is the focal point of all history. Our lives are measured by how we choose to view the sacrifice of God’s Son to redeem sinful man from eternal separation from God. This is the Gospel, preached and taught for centuries in the retelling of the story through re-enacted passion plays.
One sideline character and eyewitness to the event is recorded in the Gospels, providing a fascinating character sketch for the stage. The Roman Centurion, a pagan who directed the actual crucifixion, is noted to have remarked after Jesus breathed His last, “Surely this was the Son of God.” He was surrounded by crowds watching the spectacle like a sporting event.
In 1988, I was commissioned by my church’s choir director to write the script for an Easter cantata around nine songs. At the crux of the play I brought the Centurion to life, a character through whom we could freeze the action, the wonder and awe of the moment, considering who we might be were we to have been part of the crowd witnessing the events that day. It was a powerful piece in performance.
Eighteen years later, when writing another play for the Easter season at another church, I lifted that monologue from the older cantata, and made it the centerpiece of a new play, Ripened, Restive, and Redeemed: A Resurrection Meditation. I was honored to have worked with two very talented performers in each of the productions to bring my words to life with power and presence.
I’m releasing this 7-10 minute excerpt from my stash of theatrical plays, waiving all royalties, to make it available for Christians wishing to incorporate a drama element into their Easter week services. Use freely as part of small group Bible studies, Good Friday services, Christian school chapel services, or as a personal reflection for prayerful meditation and journaling.
Included are production notes and three actor study preps that are also suitable for personal journaling or to use as discussion questions for Bible study small groups.
Now is the time for drama ministry and worship teams are preparing material for Easter week services. I hope you’ll consider using this FREE PRINTABLE script to further its blessing to the Body of Christ. If you do use it, let me know. I’d love to hear of your adventures in bringing the Centurion to life again–that the Word of God may bring life to those with ears to hear and eyes to see.
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