Caiaphas, the regal high priest of the temple, is ready to have this madman named Jesus arrested. He has just made a deal with a grimy little man claiming to be a disciple who, for 30 pieces of silver, will identify Jesus with a kiss. Caiaphas plans for the arrest to take place before dawn in adherence with the law which forbids the taking of prisoners during the daylight hours of Passover. Caiaphas says, "He must be found, he must be arrested, he must be sentenced, and he must be put to death."
The three Wise Men prepare for the long journey to find the Christ Child. Balthazar is determined to go, Melchior argues because he hates to travel, and Caspar repeats everything Balthazar says or does, much to everyone's irritation. When Caspar sees the bright star, however, they all become anxious to leave.
As she rocks a new grandchild in her arms, Noah's wife reflects on her earlier doubts and confusion about the need for the ark that her faithful husband built and loaded with animals. Now that they have been saved from the floods, she knows her husband was right, and a rainbow reaffirms God's plans have been fulfilled.
A Wise Man has seemingly always been on a journey, searching for a goal that would give his life deeper meaning. He finds the star and follows it where, in a lowly stable, he finds the Babe . more than a child, a king. The Wise Man's journey is now at an end, for once you find God, all your searching is over.
Judas admits he has betrayed Jesus and now Judas has misgivings. Jesus, he says, seemed to have "an aura of majesty about Him, an aura of hope, of salvation." Judas confesses, "At this moment I was not sure I was doing the right thing, and my legs were urging me to run away from this place and undo everything I'd done!"
Easter comes alive with this dramatic reading, a monologue portraying John at midnight after the Last Supper. He relates how the Master invited him to sit next to Him for the meal, how he wanted to remember seeing Jesus pray in the moonlight, and finally how He stopped the bleeding from the guard's severed ear. But now the soldiers have taken Him, and in his heart John is afraid. He is a weak man, and he fears for Jesus.
Joseph, fearful and overwhelmed, struggles to get Mary to Bethlehem safely. There, his faith is renewed. He says, "I didn't know why His real Father chose for Him to be born in such a humble manner, but I knew it was my responsibility to take care of Him. At that moment, I knew that I would be able to do the job. It would be difficult, but I would never be doing it alone."
An exhausted new mother, trying to get her baby to sleep, reminds herself that she and the baby are a team, trying to do the best they can together to help her be the happiest, most secure little baby she can be.
After many months of silence, Zacharias lifts his tiny son in his arms and speaks: "You, my child...are one who prepares the way for our Lord...so that all who live in silence will hear His voice." Zacharias now knows peace and is quiet, not silent.
Barabas is in a dungeon waiting to be taken off any moment to die on the cross. But not with Jesus, for Jesus was crucified many years ago. Since then Barabas has come to know Him through the teachings of His disciples and now realizes that He died that day that others might be saved. Now, Barabas says, the burden is a much lighter one, for "I now know your Master not only died for you, but for me also. And now I go to my death as Barabbas, The Acquitted."
Judas is consumed with guilt and remorse. He can't believe that his actions have lead to Jesus' torture and crucifixion. If only Judas could take it back --can't he give back the 30 pieces of silver and make everything right again? All Jesus preached was forgiveness, but Judas will never be able to forgive himself.
Mary Magdalene is frantic. How could they kill this man who has only shown love to everyone? Jesus cured her of her demons without asking questions. Now, she must follow His example helping others, not by asking who they are, but what they need. That is the only way she can go on. That's the only way -- of hope.
Mary Magdalene, who was forced to fend for herself at a young age and fell in to a sinful life, says it was when she first met Jesus that her life really began. She relates how, knowing she would not be welcomed, she walked into a house unannounced to wash His feet with perfume. Later, she was allowed to travel with Him and his disciples when other women were not. And now Mary Magdalene sits by His tomb and wonders how will they all go on without Him . until the stone is rolled away and she speaks to a wondrous stranger!
Mary says Jesus talked to her many times about his death, trying to prepare her for it. But she always pushed the thoughts away. It would happen later, some time in the distance. And she admits she even started to believe that He wouldn't have to die, that the prophecies were wrong. But now He is on the cross, dying, and she can do nothing about it, except be there for Him.