Innocent! That Man Was Innocent!

By Patricia Souder

SYNOPSIS: Plagued by horrendous nightmares, Pilate’s wife, Claudia, warned Pilate that Jesus was innocent and pleaded with Pilate to not condemn an innocent man. Now, the day after Jesus has been crucified, Claudia and Pilate share their anguish over the pressures Pilate faced and the agonizing eternal ramifications of Pilate’s decision.

SETTING: Pilate’s bedchamber the day after Jesus was crucified.

CHARACTERS: PILATE and CLAUDIA. Pilate ruled Judea from 26-36 A. D. He was recalled by Rome in A. D. 37 after being accused of slaughtering hundreds of Samaritans. His final fate is unknown, but some believe he committed suicide. Although not named in Scripture, Pilate’s wife is often referred to as Claudia Procula. Some believe she became a Christian and may be the Claudia referred to in 2 Timothy 4:21. Both Pilate and Claudia should wear simple, elegant morning robes that reflect their positions of power.


PERFORMANCE NOTE: Characters say lines together when marked with a star.

TOPICS: Power. Pressure. Justice. Injustice. Guilt. Crucifixion.

PERFORMANCE POSSIBILITIES: Holy Week. Lent. Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter programs. Small group Bible studies.

PROPS: Antique pitcher and wash basin on antique table. Ornate chair.

BIBLE REFERENCES: Matthew 27:11-26; Mark 15:1-15; Luke 23:1-25; John 19:1-27.

Price: $3.00

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