SONGS/SAMPLES1. Joy Unspeakable
2. Jesus in the Middle
3. Thread of Hope
4. Thread of Hope (Reprise)
5. He's My Son
6. Listening to Jesus
7. Joy Unspeakable (Reprise)
8. A Stone's Throw Away
9. Do You Believe in Me?
10. The Master Has Risen
Right from the start He was no typical stranger.The musical unfolds as various characters recount their experiences, both past and present, with Jesus. Following the opening number Mary (Jesus’ mother), James, John, and their mother Simone are waiting near the city gates for Jesus to join them. It is established immediately that Simone, a comic relief character, is a doting and demanding woman living her life through her two sons. As they wait the conversation turns to the miracle Jesus performed of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. Each character recounts (with enthusiasm) the miracle from their personal vantage point. Jesus enters in time to ward off a confrontation by James and John. His presence seems to calm everyone and He jests with all of them about their impatience. Mary Magdalene then enters as she tries to escape the [offstage] mob that want to stone her for adultery. Jesus addresses the mob and asks that life changing question, “Is there a man among you, holy and blameless; who is without sin? If so, let him cast the first stone at this woman.” Jesus tells Mary that she must be born again. Her life is changed…instantly.
Meeting Jesus was a total life-changer,
It’s a joy unspeakable; unspeakable joy, joy!
And everybody has a different story;
So many empty lives now full of glory,
It’s a joy unspeakable; unspeakable joy, joy, joy!
Father in Heaven, I know He’s Yours;The next scene features Jara (the name we’ve given to Peter’s mother in law). She is an older woman who says exactly what she thinks, as older folks sometimes do, and often embarrasses Peter. She is a comic relief character who also speaks words of wisdom that come from years of trust and faith in God. In this scene Jara shares her story of being healed by Jesus after a near-death experience because of a high fever. The other characters sit in awe as she tells about this wonderful miracle in her own unique and tender way. Act I ends by Mary Magdalene sharing that she too was revived by the words and life of Jesus and that her life is now also full of “unspeakable joy.” The cast reprise the title song.
But for this moment, let Him be mine!
He’s my son. He’s my son too.
And I love our Son.
Lying broken on the ground; a lost soul just waiting to be found.Following this Jesus gathers with his disciples and friends and shares several brief parables with them about sewing, reaping, and loving their neighbors as themselves. He then looks at each of them as He sings, “Do you believe in me.” The characters all respond with sincerity and assure him they do. It is a very moving (and telling) moment.
My life a shattered, empty shell; no way to escape this living hell.
But when I ran away that day, I fell at Jesus’ feet,
Not caring what this stranger would say.
I thought He bowed His head to pray, while at His feet I lay,
Knowing that my fate was just a stone’s throw away.
(Mother of Jesus)