Theme: After a rigged trial, interrogation by unwilling Herod and Pilate, beatings by soldiers and condemnation by the same crowd that sung his praises as he triumphantly entered the city just days before . . . Jesus was forced to carry his cross up the painful and tragic hill to Calvary. A monologue.
Bible Reference: Matthew 27:33
Cast: 1 (m or f)
Set, Sound: standard
Costumes: likely traditional but could be contemporary
Sample of script:
actor comes slowly on stage, frightened, feeling the pain of the happenings, slowly throughout
Narrator: Now condemned to die, they led him outside the city gates.
Forced to carry his own rough-hewn crosspiece, each step brought excruciating pain . . . as the cruel wood dug into his flesh, . . . the bloody flesh which was left hanging from his back, . . . having been sliced by the merciless scourging by soldiers and crowd!
(shame and remorse)
The same crowds that praised him at Bethany, who with shouts of “Hosanna!” spread a carpet of palm branches before him as he rode into Jerusalem, . . . who urged him on as he took on the officious temple leaders . . .
These same crowds now took sport in mocking, spitting in his face, ridiculing his pronouncement as being the Son of God!
(looking down as if seeing Jesus struggling)
Thus it was that he, prodded and pushed, took the long walk up the slope to Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, the infamous place called . . . .
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