I Was There……..

T Minus 131

Today is Palm Sunday which is the Sunday before Easter Sunday and the start of Holy Week. In March 1992 I wrote the following drama sketch for Palm Sunday.

There are 4 characters :Disciple, Zealot, Pharisee, Temple Trader . Each represents a person who stood in the crowds that morning. Each speak lines as part of the rhyme or together in unison.

I was there when Jesus rode to town.
Now the time is right, at last to fight, and bring the Romans down
I was there when Jesus rode to town.

I was there when Jesus rode to town.
I waved my palm leaves in the air and through my cloak upon the ground.
I was there when Jesus rode to town.

I was there when Jesus rode to town.
This man is evil, quiet now, you must not make a sound.
I was there when Jesus rode to town.

I was there when Jesus rode to town.
Hallelujah! Praise The Lord! The King is coming now.
I was there when Jesus rode to town.

The prophet’s come to lead an army.
This man must be completely barmy.
Our God is man. This man is God.
He’s on a donkey! Now that’s odd!

I thought as King, he’d ride a horse
This man is not a king, of course.
As a Pharisee, I know the Law.
As a Pharisee, you know the score.
If He’s The Lord, then you’re no more.

This Jesus is not the man we thought.
But perhaps he is going to the Roman Fort.
This “man of peace” will surely try to see,
Pontus Pilate, then we’ll try to free,
Our leader, Barabas, who now is jailed.
Until next Friday, when to a cross he is nailed.

Jesus isn’t going to the Roman Fort.
Instead, he is going to the Temple Courts.
How can this blasphemer dare,
To even put one foot in there.
But we will not try to stop him going.
With all these people, there’s no way of knowing.
What will happen if we try to stop him.
This cheering crowd, they seem to love him.

In the Temple Courts my family trade.
If Jesus goes there, we’ve got it made.
With all these people, we’ll make some money …….
Do you think your sins are funny?
The Temple is a place of prayer.
And yet you’ve set up market there.

Out of the temple people are dashing!
All around, the tables are crashing!
Goats run here! Sheep run there!
Doves are flying in the air!

How dare this man defile the temple.
But you have allowed this plain and simple.
You have allowed these people to trade.
What a nice little profit you have made.

Religious bigots. Men of war,
Greedy people who just want more.
All must turn to seek the Lord’s face.
And then they will receive the Lord’s grace.

I thought that Jesus was my friend,
But look what happened in the end.

I thought that Jesus was my friend,
But look what happened in the end.

Some of those who were joyfully shouting,
Now, I feel, have started doubting.
We’ll bide our time and lay our plans
This Jesus will fall into our hands.
The Lord is a friend to all who seek.
We’ll silence this Jesus by the end of the week.

I was there when Jesus rode to town.

 

© Graham Long : March 1992

See also – The April Fool

2 responses to “I Was There……..

  1. Pingback: Mary Had A Little Lamb…. | Tanza-Longs

  2. Powerful, challenging and a great post 🙂

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