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A Play: Jesus’ Life in His Believers (Thessalonica)
February 24, 2012, 11:46 am
Filed under: 1- Discovering Organic Church Life Testimony

Jesus’ Life Spreads to Thessalonica (Acts 17)

Narrator: Paul left Timothy and Luke in Philippi to help the brothers and sisters learn to live by the life of Christ in them, to live by faith with love toward one another and their neighbors, while he and Silas travel to Thessalonica.

Paul: (walking with Silas) I am so thankful that Christ brought us together to share in His life and now having seen His life in others in Philippi! I thank you Lord Jesus for the grace you have given these who have believed in your name!

Silas: How wonderful it was to see not just Lydia and her household come to faith in Christ but wonder of all wonders that our jailer and his family as well! How amazing you are Father to lead us in this adventure of knowing your Son by experiencing your life together and to see your life spread!

Paul: Amen brother Silas. Father we ask that you keep our brothers and sisters in Philippi as well as our dear friends Timothy and Luke in Your perfect peace, keeping their eyes focused on Jesus, as they share your life with one another. Look up ahead it seems that there is a Jewish synagogue here in this city of Thessalonica. I believe that God again will do a work here, showing us again that He desires a place of rest, a place to dwell in a people here in this city and in every city in the world.

Narrator: As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on Saturday for three weeks he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.

Narrator: The brothers and sisters in one part of the city have gathered in Jason’s house.

Tryphena: (looking worried) My brothers and sisters I am very concerned about the threats that the Jewish leaders have made against us and especially our dear brothers Paul and Silas who shared with us our Lord Jesus. I have prayed asking Father for help and His peace but I have no peace.

Persis: My sister Tryphena you are most loved by Jesus, He is in you and is now your life as we have all seen and experienced, just as Paul and Silas told us. We have seen His love in you, we have seen your faith how you have given yourself in helping our dear sister Mary when she was left on the streets by her husband after she confessed the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tryphosa: Father give us spiritual eyes to see you as our peace. Thank You that Christ Jesus is our rest. Thank you that we no longer try to rest by being religious on a particular day but that when we fix our eyes on You, no matter the day or time, You become our rest.

Aristarchus: Remember brothers and sisters what Christ through Paul told us. He has told us many times that we would be persecuted. Remember the stories of what Paul told us about what the other brothers and sisters have gone through around the world as a result of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. It was the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem who put to death our Lord Jesus.

Mary: Yes, but praise God that He raised Him from the dead!

Secundus: Amen, and now lives in us right now!

Jason: Amen brother Secundus, God has given us much grace as we have learned to see our flesh as dead and that we are now alive in Jesus by His resurrection from the dead.

Secundus: Yes, even though I was your legal slave, God has made us brothers by what Christ did on the cross, taking away the hostility between us. Thank you brother Jason for not just speaking the freedom of Christ to me but showing me the freedom of Christ by freeing me from my bonds so that I can serve you even better as a brother in Christ!

Tryphena: (looking happy) Thank you brothers and sisters for the encouragement you have given me, the encouragement that is Christ in you. We are most blessed in Jesus, blessed with His peace, blessed with His love, blessed with His grace. How I love you all for your kind words, for the words that Jesus gave you to say at this moment.

Narrator: The disciples hear some loud banging at the front door of Jason’s house. Suddenly men with swords and axes came rushing into the house.

Person 1: (speaking angrily) Where is Paul and Silas?! Tell us now! No one gets harmed unless you find them now!

Narrator: The Jewish leaders were jealous of Paul and Silas; so they had rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, had formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.

Narrator: The brothers and sisters go to their knees and begin to pray together.

Tryphena: Father help us in our time of need!

Aristarchus: Father forgive them for they know not what they do!

Mary: Watch over Paul and Silas!

Jason: Men why have you committed this crime of rushing into my house and threatening us? We have always meant to lead a quiet life, minding our own business, and working with our hands. What have we done to cause you to do this thing?

Person 2: (speaking loudly) It has nothing to do with those things but because we have been told that you no longer call Caesar king but a dead person named Jesus and this Paul and Silas have been causing trouble causing others to defy Caesar!

Narrator: The men who had rushed into Jason’s house are so angry they do not give Jason or the others a chance to speak. When they could not find Paul and Silas they dragged Jason and some other believers out of the house.

Person 1: (dragging Jason) (speaking angrily) Since we can’t find Paul or Silas let’s take them to the city officials!

Person 2: (dragging Secundus) (speaking loudly) Caesar is king!

Narrator: The crowd, dragging Jason and some other believers, arrive at the city officials.

Person 1: (shouting to the city officials) “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”

Narrator: When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go. As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea.

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