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HAVING HOPE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        faith
SCRIPTURE:    Mt.3:1-17; Mk.1:1-8, Lk.3:1-17, Jhn1:1-34
Style:        drama/conversation:  JOHN THE BAPTIST
.             and RUEBEN flashback to childhood
.             experiences as they discuss the Messiah
.             and the hope that He will bring
Cast:         JOHN THE BAPTIST (male adult)
.             RUEBEN           (male adult)
.             JOHN the Baptist (male child)
.             RUEBEN           (male child)
.             GIRL 1
.             GIRL 2
.             NARRATOR         (optional)

SCRIPT:

.                     STAGE LEFT

(As adults, JOHN enters, while calling out.  
RUEBEN follows and gets his attention.)

JOHN       I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
.          “MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD!”

RUEBEN     John the Baptizer, are you a prophet
.          or the Christ?

(JOHN turns to study RUEBEN’S face for a moment, unsure.)

JOHN       Rueben?

RUEBEN     John?!  I- barely recognize you.  Well?...
.          Could you possibly be the Christ?

JOHN       Do you not remember when we were children?

(JOHN and RUEBEN freeze while...)

.                    CENTER STAGE

(As children, RUEBEN and GIRL 1-2 enter, playing.  
JOHN follows behind, seemingly lost in thought.  
RUEBEN looks behind and calls out.)
.                                                       2
RUEBEN     John!  John!  What is taking you?

GIRL 1     Rueben, leave John alone.
.          You know how he is.
.          He’s just one of those daydreamers.

JOHN       I’m thinking.  And praying.

(CHILDREN are curious and approach.)

GIRL 1     Why would you be doing that?

RUEBEN     Yes, Hebrew school is done for the day.

GIRL 2     Boys are so lucky they can go to school.

RUEBEN     (to GIRLS)  Maybe you are the lucky ones.
.          There is so much to learn.

GIRL 2     I want to know what you learn?

JOHN       Right now we’re studying the words
.          written by the prophet Micah who tells us
.          about the Christ - our Messiah.
.          This is our rightful king who will
.          rule over our land and complete all
.          the promises God has made to us.

RUEBEN     That’s the cool part.  The Messiah will get
.          all our land back.  Then we’ll all be rich-

GIRL 1     Really?  So when is he coming?

JOHN       According to the prophet Daniel,
.          it should be very soon.  But-

GIRL 2     -But how will we recognize him?

RUEBEN     It could be anyone of us.

JOHN       Rueben, were you not listening
.          to the rabbi today?

RUEBEN     I was too hungry.  And Rabbi Jacob
.          loves to talk on and on about things.

JOHN       Well, the Rabbi was telling us that          3
.          the Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem.
.          I was not born in Bethlehem.  Were you?

RUEBEN     No.

JOHN       AND - Micah also writes that
.          “His goings forth are from long ago,
.          from the days of eternity.”

RUEBEN     So confusing.

JOHN       So interesting!

GIRL 2     What does that even mean?

JOHN       The Christ – our Messiah – will be God,
.          Himself.  Who else is eternal?
.          The Messiah will be sinless.
.          I know very well - I am not perfect.

GIRL 1     Nor I.

GIRL 2     None of us are...  It seems like
.          such a hopeless situation.

RUEBEN     My father’s ALWAYS going to the temple
.          to make sacrifices to God to cover our sins.

JOHN       Well, the good news is that the Messiah
.          is coming to take away our sins.  He will be
.          the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God.

(CHILDREN exit.)

.                     STAGE LEFT

(As adults, JOHN picks up the conversation
with RUEBEN.)

JOHN       So you see, I am not the Lamb of God.
.          I baptize you with water;
.          but One is coming who is mightier than I,
.          and I am not fit to untie His sandals;
.          He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit
.          and fire.

RUEBEN     We are all waiting.  How much longer         4
.          must we wait?

JOHN       Have faith.  There is hope.  Remember,
.          God keeps His promises.

.                    STAGE RIGHT

NAR. 1     “In the beginning was the Word,
.          and the Word was with God,
.          and the Word was God.
.          And the Word became flesh,
.          and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory,
.          glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
.          full of grace and truth.
.          John (the Baptist) testified about Him
.          and cried out, saying,
.          ‘This was He of whom I said,
.          “He who comes after me
.          has a higher rank than I,
.          for He existed before me.”’”
.          (John 1:1,14-15)