(A room in Jerusalem. The light rises on CLEOPAS, a middle-aged disciple, who packs a cloth bag. From offstage we hear the voice of DISCIPLE, his somewhat younger friend.)
DISCIPLE: (heavy knocking) Cleopas! Cleopas!
DISCIPLE: It's me.
CLEOPAS: Shhh. Come in. I'm almost ready.
DISCIPLE: It's over!
CLEOPAS: Yes. That's why we're leaving?
DISCIPLE: No, Cleopas. You don't understand. His body, it's gone.
DISCIPLE: The tomb was open.
CLEOPAS: Are you certain?
DISCIPLE: Yes. The seal has been broken.
CLEOPAS: Does Peter know?
DISCIPLE: The women told him. They reported that angels met them at the tomb and said He's risen.
CLEOPAS: Risen? If only...
DISCIPLE: Cleopas, could He have come back, like Lazarus?
CLEOPAS: Well, Lazarus's body was still in his tomb. And if Jesus does rise, how would we know?--
DISCIPLE: Whoever took His body is not going to tell us...
CLEOPAS: And besides, we wouldn't be there to help Him and protect Him, as He did Lazarus. I don't see how He could come back now.
CLEOPAS: Yes, and He turned water into wine, and He healed the blind man, and did a lot of wonderful things. But the one thing He didn't do...and He could have done...He didn't come down from that cross and save Himself. (beat) Hurry. I want to get to Emmaus before nightfall.
[Music Cue: "I Stand All Amazed]
DISCIPLE: It's strange...only a week ago He was riding into Jerusalem. People were waving palms and shouting Hosannas--worshipping HIm as a mighty prophet. (beat) Isn't that what He said was going to happen? And didn't He say that in the end He would deliver us?
CLEOPAS: He did say that, and so much more. But what He meant...I don't know...none of us know.
[Music Cue: “Where Is He This Morn?” , ]
DISCIPLE: We know that He was the Messiah.
CLEOPAS: And that's why we will always remember Him. Come. Let's go.
(As Cleopas and Disciple exit, fade to black.)
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