Another Easter (Resurrection) Sunday has come and gone. The props from the plays have been taken down, and the children’s speeches have been filed away till next year’s presentation. But if we look with our spiritual eyes we will see the message of the gospel with all its drama and passion re-played every day of the year. And each of us (both Christian and non-Christian) plays a starring role in the ongoing production.
Some will play the role of Judas Iscariot (the pseudo-disciple), Pilate (the politically correct politician), and the Roman Soldiers (just following orders). Many will play the role of the crowd who waved palm branches shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna!” one day and a few days later cried “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” These players have no love for the risen Christ. When Christianity supports a cause that they can profit from they shout “Hosanna!” But when it exposes the true intentions of their heart they shout “Crucify Him!”
The disciples, a motley group of men (and women) at various stages of growth will be played by new converts, the immature and the growing saints. Throughout their training they will experience fear and courage, failures and successes, doubts and spurts of faith, but never betrayal in their pursuit to follow Him.
Another group will be cast to play the role of the Religious Leaders. They excel in theoretical knowledge of the scriptures but lack an experiential relationship with God. They confine Him to their self-conceived box of traditions and point of view. Anyone not lining up with their way of thinking is a heretic and must be discredited and stopped.
And then there’s the role of Jesus. Every true believer who desires to please the Father will walk in His shoes. They’ll give up their evenings to share the gospel with those who’re thirsty for Jesus. They will give up their rights for the sake of the lost who need to see Jesus in them. They will joyfully partake in the sufferings of Christ, thereby enjoying intimate fellowship with Him. God’s love and forgiveness is clearly seen in their life.
What’s your role in the ongoing gospel story? Perhaps you’re like Barabbas—scheduled to die, but at the last minute received a stay of execution. Scripture doesn’t say what Barabbas did with his life after being released. What will you do with yours?