Scene 7: Intermission–Jesus in Hell
Show on the screen the text of two Bible verses:
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm. 1 Peter 3:18
For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. Matthew 12:40
Blackness. Softly wailing and chanting starts and comes up slowly as the light does. What you see first is the back of a figure sitting cross-legged on the ground. His back is shredded pretty badly. It’s Jesus. The light is coming from above Him.
The nearby ground is made up of patches of oddly shaped, multi colored earth tone chunks of stone and cement. In between the slabs of rock and cement the grouting is mostly multi hued sand and dirt. The wailing, chanting, groaning, and screaming are getting louder as the light gets more intense. All around the scene, but at a distance, patches and walls of flame dance over the ground.
The ground and background were dark, but after Jesus is illuminated, fire starts to show. The fire is only a few feet off the ground so that half of the frame shows pure blackness. The fire is in lines that are mostly around Jesus but distant. Looking down, it would almost look like the sheets of fire are in a star shape with Jesus in the center. The camera circles Jesus and finally gets to His front side. All of the wounds from the crucifixion are open and bleeding or oozing.
The chanting and wailing is getting very loud. Jesus is still sitting there, with His eyes closed and His head looking down. Off in the distance, near the flames, you can see movement. It is the seven demons, but not in human form, as actual demons. They are hopping and dancing wildly around. They are the ones that are making the noise.
A deep voice suddenly bellows…
SATAN: (unseen) Silence!
At once all the demons stop making noises and stop their insane dancing. A moment later, Satan, appearing as a demon, strides briskly to the front of Jesus. He is quite a bit taller than a sitting Jesus. Satan just stares at Him.
SATAN: (shaking his head) Son of God, huh? It would have been so much better for both of us if you had just accepted my offer in Matthew 4:8-9. (Satan continues staring for a few moments, then backhands Jesus who recoils but stays seated)
Satan turns abruptly and strides away from Jesus and out of the frame.
SATAN: (unseen) Attack!
The demons take up their cries, groans, screams, wails, and chants with renewed vigor and charge in on Jesus from all sides. They are beating Him nonstop. Time is shown by dimming the overhead light down to nothing and then bringing it up and repeating the process while the demons keep beating, dancing, and wailing. When the light comes up for the second time then that represents the start of third day.
Suddenly, Jesus looks up and opens His eyes. There is fire in His eyes. The demons all stop and take a nervous step back. Jesus looks at His wounds all over His body. As He looks at them, they are healed. Not completely healed, though. There are still scars for memory. When the demons see this, they turn and flee. Jesus stands up confidently, looks up, and then jumps. The camera angle is from underneath and we see Him jumping out of Hell. Then the scene goes dark.