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HAVING HOPE – written by Tanis Harms
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)
. 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.)
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.)
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?
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.
. STAGE LEFT
(As adults, JOHN picks up the conversation
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)