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GOSPEL WRITERS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: gospel message, witnesses,
. Jesus’ confirmation
SCRIPTURE: Matt., Matt.5:16, Mark, Luke, John,
. John 1:4
Style: satire/conversation: the four gospel
. writers sit on a panel to discuss
. their writings
Cast: HOST, MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, JOHN
Set & Props: table, 4 chairs
(MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN sit in a row at the table.
HOST first addresses the congregation.)
HOST Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to
. “The Writer’s Panel.” Joining us today
. are the four gospel writers:
. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
(WRITERS all nod as their names are mentioned.)
HOST Let’s begin with you, Matthew, and move on down.
. Please tell us a little bit about yourselves.
MATT My name is Matthew. My career began as
. a tax collector, but my life changed radically
. when I met Jesus Christ. Not only did I become
. a believer, but I became a follower.
MARK I am Mark. One of my closest friends is
. Apostle Peter, and I served with Apostle Paul
. and my cousin Barnabas on the very first
. missionary journey. Being a little unreliable
. at that point, Paul and I had a falling out.
. But continuing on with Barnabas as a missionary,
. I eventually matured. Jesus Christ never gives up-
. He continues to work on, and in, and through us.
. Apostle Paul and I eventually reconciled.
LUKE Hello, I’m Dr. Luke. I am probably the only
. GENTILE author of the New Testaments.
. I also knew and served with Paul;
. but more importantly,
. I know and serve Jesus Christ.
JOHN I’ll be brief and get straight to the point: 2
. I am known as John, also known as “the disciple
. whom Jesus loved.” And I - am a follower –
. who loves Jesus Christ.
HOST Thank you, gentlemen. Now, some of us
. avid readers can’t help but notice that
. all four of you – wrote – on the exact
. same subject. In fact, just hearing
. you all now, each and every one of you,
. included Jesus Christ in your
. personal introductions.
(WRITERS all nod in agreement.)
HOST But I have also noted, that there are –
. a lot of differences. So I suppose
. my first question for all of you, is:
. “Why write on the exact same topic?”
JOHN Jesus Christ and what He did for all humankind
. is a very important topic. Critical, in fact.
LUKE And understandably, the more eyewitnesses
. you have, the more credibility there is.
. As I personally was not an eyewitness,
. I made sure to consult MANY people
. who were eyewitnesses and carefully
. researched and documented everything.
. Doing ALL of this with the guidance
. of the Holy Spirit, of course.
. So my work is really a compilation
. of many eyewitnesses.
HOST Which leads me to my next question:
. “If you are all eyewitnesses,
. or an author for OTHER eyewitnesses,
. WHY are there so many differences?”
LUKE Besides having different writing styles, each of us
. have had slightly different personal experiences
. from having Jesus in our lives.
MATT Also, because I was writing more to the nation
. of Israel, I was addressing the “religious man”
. of that time, and so, quoted a lot of Old Testament
. prophecies. The Jew is all about the Messiah
. coming and fulfilling what God promised to Israel
. through the Abrahamic Covenant.
MARK My focus was more to the Gentile – 3
. to the Roman – to the “man of action,”
. if you will. So I make a lot of references
. regarding government, control, law and order...
. Praise God, HE - is in control.
. I did NOT include such things
. as Jesus’s genealogy, or many instances
. where Jesus dealt with the Jewish sects,
. such as the Pharisees. Praise God,
. HE died and rose again - for ALL nations.
LUKE As I have already stated, my work is a compilation,
. and so, my book is very methodical, directed more
. to the Greek, and thus to the “thinking man.”
JOHN And my account is written - to “the believer”.
. It is more theological in nature, and explains
. such things in greater detail, such as –
. what it means to have faith in Jesus.
HOST Most interesting. So humor me, if you will,
. with my third question: “Are there any
. inconsistencies then?”
LUKE Hm, could you give us a “for-instance”.
HOST For instance, the feeding of the multitudes...
. was it 5,000, or was it 4,000?
MARK Both! There were two such incidences mentioned
. in my book.
MATT As well as in mine.
(LUKE and JOHN nod in agreement.)
HOST You all four wrote about the feeding of the 5,000,
. but only Matthew and Mark wrote about the feeding
. of the 4,000. Why the need to mention both?
MATT Well, obviously, us disciples just weren’t getting
. the message. And I know what I’m saying –
. I was right there! I mean, here Jesus JUST took
. 5 tiny loaves and 2 tiny fish – meant to feed
. one tiny person – and split it up miraculously
. to feed 5,000 men – AND their families.
. We had food left over. Then not long afterward,
. we found ourselves with ANOTHER hungry multitude.
(DISCIPLES all roll their eyes in embarrassed agreement.)
MATT Jesus tested us by giving us a chance to say,
. “Hey, why don’t we takes these seven measly
. loaves of bread and have Jesus split them up?
. We can trust Jesus to provide for all our needs.”
. But nooo, we all said, AGAIN, “Duuuh, where
. are we going to find food for so many people?”
. I mean, how short is our memory at times? Huh?
. How unbelieving can we be?
HOST Then, why didn’t all four of you write about
. both incidences?
LUKE We just couldn’t cover it all. Again, it came
. down to our individual focuses, and the
. Holy Spirit’s guidance and divine inspiration
. which lead us to write what we did.
MATT But back to the unbelieving nature that man has,
. it was crucial that we noted SOME of
. Jesus’s miracles. This confirmed – this validates
. that Jesus IS the Son of God.
JOHN Most certainly. At the time Jesus was here
. on earth with us, His miracles established
. His mighty power - to the people.
HOST So then, amongst the four of you,
. you covered all of the miracles
. that Jesus performed?
MATT Oh, never.
MARK There were way too many. We could only note a few.
LUKE And Jesus’s purpose wasn’t to come down amongst us
. to perform miracles. Again, that was only proof
. to the people - that He was the Son of God.
JOHN His purpose–
MATT -as prophesized in the Old Testament scriptures–
JOHN (nodding) -was to die for our sins, and rise again
. so that we can have everlasting life with Him!
MARK Our purpose - in writing the four gospels,
. was and is to proclaim Jesus’s purpose in coming –
. for us. Jesus is the life and light of men.
MATT And WE are to be the lamp – to shine this light 5
. so that everyone might see. Not just us four,
. but anyone who believes, is a lamp. It is
. an awesome honor and privilege to serve God
. in this way.
HOST Wow! Well, I do want to thank the four of you
. for joining us today to talk about your books,
. and especially for – “enlightening” us
. with this unique challenge. Gentlemen!
(HOST leads the applause, and they all exit.)