TWELVE GOOD MEN (AND A BADDIE!)
On Thursday 29th March, the day before Good Friday, nearly 100 people enjoyed a re-enactment of the Last Supper, focussing on the reaction of each of the disciples to Jesus’s statement:
As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.” Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”(Mark 14:18-19 – New Living Translation)
From the photo you may recognise the setting; we based it on Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, “The Last Supper”. Each of the disciples had a script, but was free to interpret it in their own words and style. Simon the Zealot done in an east London accent was a bit of a surprise!
Many thanks to the men who played the parts of the disciples: Alan Douglas, Stephen Jones, Grenville Jones, James Maidment-Fullard, Ben Morris, Dave Atkinson, David Shimmings, Colin Cuthbert, Akinlayo Ogunribido, Richard Benda, Gareth Baker, and Martyn Markland. The interpretations of each actor in their individual style reflected the great variety of backgrounds and characters among the disciples. Thanks also to Robin Stevens who provided a powerful musical background to the whole evening, and to Ian Thwaites who managed the sound.
Here are a few of my favourite lines from the disciples:
Andrew: “I’m Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. Everyone calls me Andrew the Bringer, because that’s what I do best—bring others to Jesus. I’m not really talented—just an ordinary Joe, like any one of you, but I’ve done my best to serve Jesus with what little gifts I do have. I’m the one who brought my brother Peter to Jesus, and it’s been so amazing to watch him be transformed by Jesus.”
Judas: “I mean, I believe in Jesus, but He has to do something to prove He’s God’s Messiah, and he refuses to make a move. Now I’ve made one …”
Simon the Zealot: “He showed me that the battle for the heart is the only true and lasting conquest, and in turn I’ve given Him all my loyalty and devotion. … Or does everyone suspect me, since I’m the only one with a history of violence?”
Peter: “It seems like I’m a mixture of good and evil, of right and wrong. Will I really deny Him tonight before the sun rises? And if I do, what will He do? Will He kick me out of the group? Pretend He doesn’t know me? Refuse to let me in His Kingdom? Is this what He meant when He said one of us would betray Him? If I knew who it was going to be, I’d pierce his heart with this knife, right here, right now! But what if that would mean piercing my own heart? God, please don’t let it be me. It hurts me to wonder, “Am I the one?”
If you would like to revisit the script you can find it here: http://schmidttmarie.weebly.com/uploads/8/0/1/9/8019195/passion_rewrite.pdf