Summary: A short one-person monologue, in which Martha tells about the death and resurrection of her brother Lazarus.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 4min
Character: Martha, sister of Lazarus and Mary.
(Martha enters, crying.)
Why has he not come? We thought he loved us – Lazarus, Mary and me. So when Lazarus got sick, of course we sent a message straight to Jesus. And then we waited. And we waited. And nothing. No word. No visit. Nothing.
And then Lazarus died. Of course we called the doctor to come. But there was nothing he could do. We didn’t really expect it.
But Jesus…. We knew he could heal Lazarus. We have seen him heal so many people of every disease you can think of. And he has been such a loving friend to us. So of course at first he was the only person we thought of to help.
We sent an urgent message. But that was four days ago, and … he has not come. Not even for Lazarus’s funeral. We have lost our brother, and what are we going to do?
(Martha exits, and then returns immediately. She is now happy, and talks to the audience.)
You are not going to believe this! I can hardly believe it myself. It is the most amazing thing I have ever known.
When I heard Jesus had arrived, I rushed out to him, crying so hard I could barely see where I was going.
I fell down in front of him. "Lord," I said, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
Jesus gently lifted me up, and said, “Martha, your brother will rise again." I did not realise he meant now, of course – I thought he meant later, at the end of the world.
“Take me to the cave where he’s buried,” Jesus said, and when we got there, Jesus cried. I have never seen him do that before, and it made me realise he really did care.
Jesus said, “Anyone who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." Then he said, “Roll away the stone in front of the cave.”
“But Jesus,” I said. “Lazarus has been dead for four days. He will stink now.”
Jesus didn’t answer. He just shouted in a really loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”
What happened next stunned us all. One moment we were all crying fit to burst, and the next we were astonished as Lazarus walked out of the cave. We could hardly believe it.
“Go on, take off his grave clothes,” Jesus said. We rushed to do that, and then you can’t believe the shouting and singing and dancing and celebration … It went on for the rest of the day and way into the night.
We were so happy we didn’t notice Jesus slip away, but when we looked for him he was gone. Just like him. But we’ll see him again soon, and then we can really thank him for this most amazing thing he has done.
Copyright John McNeil 2013, all rights reserved.