Jesus frees a demon-possessed man
26 Jesus and his disciples sailed to the Gerasenes’ land, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a certain man met him. The man was from the city and was possessed by demons. For a long time, he had lived among the tombs, naked and homeless. 28 When he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down before him. Then he shouted, “ What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me! ” 29 He said this because Jesus had already commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had taken possession of him, so he would be bound with leg irons and chains and placed under guard. But he would break his restraints, and the demon would force him into the wilderness.
30 Jesus asked him, “ What is your name? ”
“ Legion, ” he replied, because many demons had entered him. 31 They pleaded with him not to order them to go back into the abyss.t32 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs. Jesus gave them permission, 33 and the demons left the man and entered the pigs. The herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.
34 When those who tended the pigs saw what happened, they ran away and told the story in the city and in the countryside. 35 People came to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully dressed and completely sane. They were filled with awe. 36 Those people who had actually seen what had happened told them how the demon-possessed man had been delivered. 37 Then everyone gathered from the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave their area because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and returned across the lake. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged to come along with Jesus as one of his disciples. Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “ Return home and tell the story of what God has done for you. ” So he went throughout the city proclaiming what Jesus had done for him.
The intention of this play is to go deeper into the Christmas story and the complex issues it raises. It assumes that the participants in the actual events did not know how they would come out; Joseph and Mary had to grow a lot as people beyond the cultural expectations they both started with in order to fulfill the roles God had in mind for them. The play is designed especially for teenagers and/or young adults, and has been simply read aloud as a Youth Group activity (with discussion during and after the reading) as well as produced as a play taking the place of the sermon in the liturgy. It may be done with an intergenerational cast. This has been done on the First or Second Sunday after Christmas; this gives time for rehearsals during what may be the less hectic time right after December 25 and as a way to highlight The 12 Days of Christmas. There is no music included in the play.
The cast includes 12 speaking parts and several non-speaking parts as desired. The presentation is intended for use with youth and adults and is about 30 minutes in length. There are 25 pages in this skit.
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