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DECISION ON PALM SUNDAY - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Palm Sunday, Jesus accepted or rejected
. as Israelites’ King.
SCRIPTURE: Matt.21:1-17, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-48,
. John 12:12-19
Style: drama/conversation: as the crowds wave
. their palm branches, one group of people
. side with Jesus becoming King, the other
. group tries to "reason" with them
Cast: People 1 - 4 (These can be women or men,
. or even older children. Have the children
. or younger people be P1 & 2. You can add
. a few more people and split up the lines.)
Set & Props: palm branches
(PERSON 1 & P2 enter waving palm branches and continue
to chant, still excited from the procession.)
P1 Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!
P2 Hosanna in the highest!
. Blessed is He who comes
. in the name of the Lord!
P1 He is the King of Israel!
P2 Blessed is the coming kingdom
. of our father David.
(P3 & P4 step out and block the way for P1 & P2.)
P3 What are you so happy about?
P1 We came to Jerusalem for the feast,
. and heard that Jesus was coming.
P2 Yes, coming into Jerusalem as they did
. in the old days - to present the new king.
. The procession of the King.
P4 (with disdain) He came in on a donkey.
P1 JUST like it says in the scriptures!
. It was prophesized.
. I heard my grandfather talk about this.
P4 But He came in on a DONKEY!
P1 Yes, a king rides in on a horse
. when it is time to go to war,
. but a king who wants to bring peace
. rides in on a donkey.
P3 Exactly! And what do you think we need right now?
. The Romans are HERE and running our land.
. We need a king who will take us to war against Rome!
. We want our land back!
(P1 & P2 lower their palm branches.)
P2 But isn’t that what Jesus has talked about?
. About the Kingdom of Heaven?
. This is when we will have our land and blessings
. just as God promised, and we’ll have peace
. because we will have our perfect King.
P4 Oh, wake up! How can we have any peace without war?
P1 Ahhh – (thinking)
P2 I’m – sure it is possible.
. Must we always have war?
. Look, this Jesus has some kind of power.
. And He is a prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.
P1 And we just saw Him heal some people
. who were lame –
P2 And He made some blind people see again.
P1 Oh, and I just heard someone say –
. they SAW Jesus raise a man from the dead.
. A man named Lazarus. He was already dead
. and buried, and Jesus raised him.
P3 (sarcastically) Oh-really-now?!
P2 Yeah, Benjamin told us. Benjamin saw it
. for himself. I trust what he says.
P4 I’m sure these are all just tricks
. of some sort.
P3 Those disciples are probably helping Him
. with that.
P4 Exactly. Didn’t you just see the Pharisees
. tell the disciples to be quiet? The disciples
. are the ones who got everyone all excited
. in the first place – shouting things, and
. spreading clothes out on the road in front of Jesus.
. Then all the people just started joining in.
P5 Except for our wise chief priests and scribes,
. it seems the whole world is starting to follow
. this Jesus. It should be stopped, and soon!
. I mean, who knows what would happen
. if we gave this Man too much control?
(P3 grabs the palm branches away from P1 & P2 and
throws them to the ground.)
P3 And didn’t you just see what Jesus did?
. He went into the temple and made a mess of things.
P1 I believe He was trying to clean up the temple.
P2 Yeah, the temple has been corrupted by greedy men
. just trying to make money. That’s not right.
P4 They are just supplying the necessary animals
. for YOU to be able to make your sacrifices
. the way they should be made.
P2 But should they get rich off us who are just
. trying to worship God?
P1 With the prices they charge for just a dove,
. I cannot afford to make the necessary sacrifices.
P4 What doesn’t seem right,
. is someone coming and saying
. that they are the Messiah and King of Israel.
P3 Exactly! How would He even pull that off?
. He’s just one Man with a few disciples.
. They have no weapons – at all.
P2 But all we need to do is – accept,
. and be obedient. The scriptures say this.
. And all the prophecies in the scriptures –
P4 You think you know more about the scriptures
. than the chief priests and the scribes?!
P2 No, but maybe the chief priests and scribes 4
. are trying –
P3 (in P2’s face) Trying to what?
. (walks around and nudges P1 & P2 threateningly)
. So what are you going to decide?
. Are you going to follow us,
. or this Person called Jesus?
LIGHTS DIM. Or-
(P1 & P2 weakly shake their heads and shrug,
then slouching with defeat, they walk away.
P3 & P4 pick up the palm branches and snap them in half
to haul away as they exit.)