Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Luke 24:36-48, the suggested gospel reading for the third Sunday of Easter. It is based on a version from Nathan Nettleton.
Suddenly Jesus himself appeared, standing among his gathered followers.
"Peace be with you."
Taken by surprise, they thought he was a ghost, and were scared spitless.
Jesus said to them,
"What have you got to be afraid of? Why are you letting your doubts get the better of you? Here, take a look at my hands and feet. See for yourselves that it is really me. Reach out and touch me and you will know that I am made of flesh and bone. No ghost can claim that!"
As he spoke, he showed them his hands and feet. It all seemed too good to be true; so wonderful they couldn't believe their eyes. Their heads were bursting with joy and disbelief! Jesus asked them,
"Have you got anything here I can eat?"
They gave him a piece of grilled fish and he took it and ate it in front of them. Then he said to them,
"The things I have said while I was with you amount to this: everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms is to be fulfilled."
As he spoke they began to see how to read the scriptures with open minds so as to understand what God was saying in them. Jesus said to them:
"What was written will now be clear to you: that the Messiah is to suffer and then rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that the people of every nation must be told of the Messiah's call to turn their lives around and receive forgiveness for sin. You can get started here in Jerusalem. You have witnessed these things first hand, so you can tell everyone what you have seen and heard."
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