By Doug Boatright
A monologue based on the experience of Lazarus being raised from the dead, and his relationship with Jesus. The main point of this monologue is the personal relationship that Lazarus has with Jesus, his salvation and eternal life.
Lazarus, dressed in period costume
Lazarus: Mary was so excited when she told me the news .Jesus has risen, the prophets spoke of this man, who would overcome the grave.
But still I had to make the journey and see for myself. I heard people on the streets asking who is this Jesus that left his tomb ..pause was he a magician .. a sorcerer perhaps his followers or maybe even robbers rolled away this heavy stone and took his body .scoffing laugh pause ..
But I know this is not true, you see my name is Lazarus and Jesus was my friend, I often opened up my home for Jesus and his followers to eat and rest as they traveled through Bethany.
Before I met Jesus I had read Isaiahs prophecies that foretold of this messiah, this wonderful counselor, one who would come down to earth in the form of man and perform miracles in the name of god . when I first heard about Jesus and his many miracles .I thought could this be him pause could this man be the one Isaiah spoke of ..you see I am not surprised that Jesus is not in his tomb Let me tell you why.
Many days ago I was sick and growing weaker . pause . when Mary and Martha told me they were sending for Jesus, I knew that I was dying .I listened as they wept and prayed with our friends they were just waiting for Jesus to arrive pause....Martha told me later that he never made it before I died pause . The next thing that I remember was hearing this voice .it was so powerful it was like thunder it commanded me to get up Lazarus come out it said pause I was awake but could not see I was in total darkness I could not move . I realized that I was wrapped in burial cloth ..but I got up .and I slowly walked out of the darkness and into the light .I heard someone tell them to unwrap this man and set him free pause.. and there stood Jesus his eyes still wet with tears pause.. He had been weeping . Jesus was actually weeping for me ..pause .
I saw Mary and Martha and all my friends It was a miracle .My friend Jesus had saved me from death pause from the darkness pause for reflection ...
I keep thinking back on that day .as I lay in the total blackness of that tomb I was in darkness .Jesus said that he came into this world as a light, so that no one who believes in him should stay in the darkness .. ., some people are alive .. yet they live in darkness ..pause they are without the knowledge of my savior this Jesus
Who is this Jesus you ask??? ..this man who was betrayed pause....the king of the Jews pause whos trial was a mockery pause who was forced to wear a crown of thorns pause who was beaten and spit on pause . whose hands and feet were nailed to a cross .pause . who hung between two criminals pause .whose side was pierced ..and you ask me who was Jesus ..pause..change mood ...
Martha said Jesus told her when he arrived that he already knew I was dead he told her something that I did not understand at first he said that he was the resurrection and the life and that whoever believes in him will live even though he dies, but whoever believes in him will never die ..you see Jesus was my friend ..my teacher ..my counselor Jesus loved me for who I was Lazarus the Sinner .not Lazarus the wealthy land owner or Lazarus the businessman .just for me for me but that day on the cross he proved his Love forever .He died for me for me .for my sin .not his own sin .he laid down his life so I could live forever ..he suffered the cross for me . Gods own son his only son .died on the cross to save me pause and then on the third day God sent an Angel down and he rolled the stone away ..and Jesus rose again ..just like he said he would do .. just like the prophets wrote about .even before Jesus was born pause....
Surprised?? pause .no Jesus already proved to me that through the power of God he could overcome death I stand before you today, because Jesus had compassion on my family and raised me from the dead, but more importantly than that, because of my relationship with him, this body this body will die again, but I will have eternal Life through his Father God ..Since I met Jesus my life has never been the same
© April, 2000 Doug Boatright
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