Friend of the Paralytic

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Cast: Elias: elderly, grumpy
Jewish man
Friend: young man

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Costuming: Both Elias and
Friend wear Bible-times costumes.

Props: Bible-times costumes,
walking cane (appropriate length of dowel) carried by

Elias: (Grumpy old man
grousing to audience) The crowds here in Capernaum are getting
worse and worse. Too many people, that’s what I say. Too many
teenagers! Vandals, all of them-writing on the
walls, ripping up decent people’s houses…

Friend: (Offstage. Out of
breath) Gotta hurry…

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Elias: This neighborhood
just isn’t the same anymore. Why, back in the old days, it used

Friend: Huh?

Elias: (Groaning)

Both puppets lie flat for two seconds, then
Elias gets up, slowly shakes his head, and looks at Friend, who
also slowly gets up. Friend gets up from

Friend: (Groaning)

Elias: (Indignant) Hey,
watch where you’re going! You almost killed me!

Friend: (In pain but OK)
Sorry…I was in a hurry. I’m supposed to meet some

Elias dusts himself

Elias: (Still miffed) Well,
you’ll be meeting them in the hospital if you don’t slow down! And
you’ll send me there, too!

Friend: (Still in pain, but
also in a hurry) I said I was sorry…I know you probably can’t
help me, but I’m looking for the house where Jesus is

Elias points to stage

Elias: Well, it’s over
there-the house with the crowd around it. The crowd making all that

Friend looks left and right and then back to

Friend: Thanks! Did you
happen to see four guys pass by here carrying a man who’s crippled?
The crippled guy is skinny and has curly hair and a beard, and he’d
be wearing a blue robe. They’d be going to that house.

Elias: (Suspicious) Are you
with them?

Friend: They’re friends of
mine. I was supposed to help carry our buddy over there, but I was

Elias: (Indignant) So that’s
it! You’re one of the vandals! You should be ashamed!

Friend: (Puzzled) I don’t

Elias: (Excited and angry)
Your hoodlum friends couldn’t get in to see Jesus. So they carried
that curly-haired guy up on the roof, and tore a hole in the

Friend: Really?

Elias: What? Like I’d make
this up? Yes, really! A perfectly fine roof–ruined! Your friends
lowered your crippled buddy down through the hole.

Friend: What did Jesus

Elias: (Grudgingly) I guess
Jesus appreciates it when people show they really believe in him.
So he forgave your friend’s sins. And then he healed

Friend: Healed him? Healed
him! How?

Elias: (Impatiently) Healed
him like ten minutes ago he went jumping and dancing down the
street with your hoodlum friends hooting and hollering along with
him. Disturbing the peace, all of them! I should’ve called the

Friend: (Delighted) That’s
great! We knew Jesus could do it! When you’re with Jesus, you can
just feel his power. He really is the Son of God! Which way did my
friends go?

Elias: That way. And moving
too fast, if you ask me.

Friend: Thanks! I’ve got to
catch them!

Elias: (Calling) Slow down!
You’re a menace! And tell your friends they have a roof to

(Muttering) Aye, aye, aye. Kids these days. Why, back when
I was a boy, people were polite. None of this running down the
street like their sandals are on fire…

For Deeper Learning —-

Say: I think our elderly friend is having
a bad day. Let’s hope he meets Jesus and cheers up!

You know, when people were with Jesus, interesting things
happened. In this situation, Jesus forgave this sins of a paralyzed
man. When religious leaders said that nobody but God could forgive
sins, Jesus asked what would be easier– to forgive sins or heal
the man’s body. Then Jesus healed the man’s body.

Jesus is powerful! He can forgive sins and make crippled
people walk!

Have children form groups on three or four and

  • If you’d been the crippled man Jesus healed, how would
    you have felt?
  • Why do you think Jesus decided to help the crippled
  • What’s something powerful Jesus has done in your


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