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PETER’S RECONCILIATION - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: reconciliation, Easter
SCRIPTURE: John 21:15-24
Style: drama/conversation: Peter, John and Thomas
. discuss Peter's experiences of betraying
. Jesus and the reconciliation that followed
Cast: Disciples: Peter, John, Thomas
Set & Props: robes
(JOHN and THOMAS enter. PETER enters from the other side -
deep in thought.)
JOHN Oh, here comes Peter. Why do you think
. he's Jesus's favorite disciple?
. He always seems to be struggling with something.
THOMAS You’re forgetting about “passionate.”
. He’s so quick to react. Although, I could
. probably learn something from that.
JOHN You mean, not reacting at ALL because
. you DOUBT everything?
(PETER has now noticed and approached JOHN and THOMAS.)
PETER John... Thomas.
JOHN Just fill us in NOW - are you happy or upset?
THOMAS I didn't realize that was possible.
JOHN But you’re not still upset about betraying Jesus,
. are you?
PETER No, Jesus spoke with me after breakfast.
. He said, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more
. than these?” And, of course, I said,
. “Yes, Lord: You know that I love You.” Then He said,
. “Tend My lambs.” He did that three times.
THOMAS Why three times?
PETER I did betray Him three times.
JOHN Well on your behalf, at least you didn’t run away
. like the rest of us.
PETER Except I had promised Jesus I would follow Him
. and even die for Him. Jesus told me
. I would betray Him three times.
. I refused to believe that. So when it
. did happen – you can't imagine how bad I felt.
JOHN But you’ve just reconciled with Jesus,
. what’s the problem?
PETER He just told me how I will help build His church.
THOMAS That would be an honor – if indeed
. that’s what you’ll do.
PETER It is an honor - as well as a huge responsibility.
. Jesus also gave me an idea of how I’m going to die.
. Not exactly looking forward to that. And then –
. I HAD to stick my foot in my mouth – again!
JOHN When will you learn? What you say now?
PETER I asked Him how YOU were going to die.
JOHN Me? So what did Jesus say?
PETER He said, “If I want John to remain until I come,
. what is that to you? You follow Me!”
JOHN Does that mean I won’t die? That would –
THOMAS Ah – that’s not what He meant.
JOHN You doubt EVERYthing, don’t you!
. You’re such a skeptic.
PETER Skeptic or not, Thomas is right. Basically,
. Jesus told me to mind my own business.
(THOMAS nods with new understanding.)
PETER It shouldn’t matter to me how you or anybody else
. is going to die. I just have to learn
. when to keep my mouth shut. And when to open it.
JOHN Well, there is certainly reason to open it now.
THOMAS Yes, Jesus rising from the dead –
. how could we have known?
JOHN Ah, welllll –
PETER Well, now looking back, Jesus did tell us
. many times. We just didn’t understand.
. Thick heads and all.
THOMAS Speak for yourself. I just – had a hard time –
JOHN Even though Jesus did one miracle after another?
PETER Like I said - thick heads.
THOMAS So this – Helper – that Jesus says
. is going to come?
PETER I believe it. And I can't wait.
. Someone to help guide me in what I say!
. And Someone to help people understand
. the gospel message.
JOHN God really knows exactly what we need,
. doesn't He.
PETER Yes, like forgiveness. Jesus’ death and
. resurrection gave us an endless supply
. of forgiveness. For all those times
. I open my big mouth and say something stupid.
THOMAS I have a feeling your big mouth
. will be used mightily by God.
JOHN And this coming from a skeptic.
(ALL walk off together during the last two lines.)