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CHRISTMAS FROM KING HEROD’S VIEWPOINT - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Christ’s birth
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 2:1-8
Style: drama/conversation: Herod looks at prophecy
. and reveals his own evil intentions
Cast: KING HEROD, CHIEF PRIEST
Set & Props: crown for King Herod, robes (optional)
(As KING HEROD enters, CHIEF PRIEST bows and backs away.)
PRIEST King Herod. I have gathered all the
. chief priests and scribes as you requested.
(PRIEST waves his arm across the congregation
as if they are involved. HEROD addresses
the congregation and the PRIEST.)
HEROD Good. I require advice from all of you.
. A caravan of magi from the east
. arrived here in Jerusalem.
. They came directly to my palace
. asking to see the King of Jews.
. They have come bearing many gifts
. and wish to worship said king.
PRIEST Is this not good? It is an opportunity
. to strengthen your realm.
HEROD They were not referring to ME.
. According to some star in the sky,
. which they have been following
. for quite some time now, they are under
. the impression that some Jewish King
. has just been born.
PRIEST Is the queen soon to deliver a son to you?
HEROD No! Now, I want you to tell me if there
. is anything to this. The scriptures
. tell of a Messiah to be born at some point,
. do they not?
PRIEST Y – yes. And according to the prophecies 2
. in the scriptures of Daniel, this should be
. taking place – at – about this time...
. if indeed this will happen at all.
HEROD Do we want to take that chance?
. Is there anything in the scriptures
. that say WHERE this Messiah is to be born?
PRIEST The Christ is to be born in Bethlehem of Judea,
. as it has been written by the prophet, Micah.
HEROD What does it say EXACTLY?
PRIEST It says, “And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
. are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;
. for out of you shall come forth a Ruler,
. who will shepherd My people Israel.”
HEROD I do not like the sound of that. We do not know
. how this could affect my kingdom and authority.
. The entire city of Jerusalem is very upset.
. We need to do something in order to maintain
. the balance of power.
PRIEST I quite agree.
(HEROD turns to speak to the PRIEST, as if in private.)
HEROD I will talk to these magi privately, and
. try to figure out exactly when this star appeared.
. That will determine the age of this Child.
. Then I will tell them to look for the Child
. in Bethlehem, and ask them to send word to me
. once they do find Him – so I too may
. go worship the Child.
PRIEST (confused) You will go to worship Him?
HEROD Of course not! I want Him dead!
. This so-called MESSIAH must die!
. But I will not let on to these magi.
(HEROD and PRIEST storm off the stage with purpose.)