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Back for Good
Bible Ref: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1

Each of the following sketches (scenes) can be used to form the basis for a complete act of worship or used as individual scenes on separate occasions. Each scene will require a narrator to read the linking text as well as the characters in the scene itself.

List of scenes:
The Resurrection
The Women Come to the Tomb
Peter and John Come Running
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
The Disciples Refuse to Believe
The Chief Priests Concoct a Cover Story
The Emmaus Road
Back to Jerusalem
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
Thomas Doubts
Thomas and Jesus
Thomas States His Case
Jesus Appears to Seven Fisherman – Breakfast on the Beach
Jesus Reinstates Peter
The Ascension – Jesus Returns to Heaven
Peter's Call
The Day of Pentecost
Peter's Sermon

Thomas States His Case
The others have chided me for my words and actions. In fact, my name has become synonymous with doubting amongst my friends. They laugh and shake their heads - but I know the truth - they have all doubted from time to time - they all had their misgivings. When the women returned from the tomb on Sunday morning every last one of them were stupefied - staring at Mary and Joanna with faces that said, “I don’t think so!”

I was the one who said so out loud. Why is it always down to me to spell out the truth? It was the same at the last Supper, when Jesus told us we all knew where he was going the others just smiled and nodded benignly, it was down to me to speak up and say, “No Lord - we don’t know at all.” Jesus could be very enigmatic and I’m not the sort of person who says things subtly. So I told him. I hadn’t got a clue what he was meaning. Jesus often left me in the dark. It was the same on that Sunday night in the upper room - when the others were all up there suddenly full of froth and faith. “We’ve seen the Lord, we’ve seen the Lord!” they hollered at me, eyes bright and faces flushed and beaming like lamps.
Well I hadn’t. I hadn’t seen the Lord. So I said as much. What would you have done? I did what I always did, I told the truth. I’d gone out for the food, I’d braved the streets, whilst the others stayed inside and hid. I went out for them. It wasn’t my fault I was away when he dropped by. It may have been ten against one, and it may have sounded shocking to argue - but what could I do?



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