The Unseen Jesus

  • Cast Number: 5
  • Run-time: 15 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Mark 2:1-12
The paraplegic man is brought on a stretcher for Jesus' healing touch. Jesus' healing powers are seen even when He is not. We must believe and have faith.

Sample of script:

All actors are looking upstage, up on tiptoes, trying to see, looking at each other. Confusion, milling around, murmuring from the crowd, amazement, various people speak excitedly:

1: Did you see that?

2: Unbelievable!

3: I would never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes!

4: That is no regular man, not doing the things he does!

etc., then Mark, who is on the downstage edge of the crowd, moves as though pushed by an unseen person, reacts, speaks as though to someone just downstage

Mark: Stop your pushing, we all want to see! No chance you will get up to the house, out here in the courtyard, that’s as close as most of us have got all day! (as though pushed again) I said, stop pushing! The place is packed, no one gets preference getting in. No one! Look, (points), see, over there, see the guy in the robe? Eli, his name is, director of the biggest religious college in Jerusalem. Even with his reputation, he hasn’t been able to get any closer than the courtyard, not much chance you are going to get a closer look!

1: Mark here is dead on, we have been waiting here for hours just to catch a glimpse of him. No one’s leaving from inside, so no one out here is getting a chance to move in closer.

2: Exactly, just you wait in line like everyone else!

3: Maybe you could try going up those stairs and dropping in through the roof!

everyone laughs, murmurs agreement

Mark: Well, it was just before you got here, four guys carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher came along, no way they could get through this crowd. I was willing to step aside, no way the others were going to let these guys through. After a bit the guys carry the stretcher up the stairs, I figured they were taking the paraplegic up there to rest. Next thing I know, there’s some dirt falling down from the roof, among the people inside. I mean, like, there was some dancing around in there, everybody trying to get back out of the way, and hardly even standing room in there! Me, I thought there’s an earthquake or something. Anyhow, what should happen next but this stretcher gets lowered down from the ceiling. Sure enough, it’s the guy they had carried up on the roof!

3: I know it’s hard to believe, like I said, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes no way I would believe!

4: Got that right! I mean, I have never . . .!

Mark: Turns out the guys who carried the paraplegic up on the roof, they realize their friend is in real rough shape, needs help right now. So they knew they had no chance getting through the crowd. Pretty smart of them really, they figured out the only way they could get it done was to dig down through the roof and lower the paraplegic right there in front of the Teacher. (pause) The Teacher. The prophet. Jesus of Nazareth. You haven’t heard of him? I just expected that’s why you were here, to see him, hear what he has to say. All day long, since he arrived here in Capernaum, it’s been a steady stream of people. I mean news travels fast in a small town you know. (pause) What does Jesus do to hold the crowd you say? You truly aren’t from anywhere around here are you? Everyone from all over Judea, they know Jesus. Awesome teacher, I mean he can not only tell you all the law, but he explains it in a way that makes it, I don’t know, guess you could say he tells it in a way that makes it come alive.

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