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BRAGGING RIGHTS – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: maturity, gospel message
SCRIPTURE: John 14:26, Acts 2:22-32
Style: soliloquy/conversation: Peter’s mother
. brags about her son, and how God
. has caused Peter to change and mature
Cast: MOTHER (of Apostle Peter)
Set & Props: Bible time costume
(MOTHER of Apostle Peter enters.)
MOTHER Every mother has bragging rights
. for her own children. So of course,
. I am very proud of all my children.
. But with that being said –
. and do not get me wrong here...
. my children... are not perfect.
. As a mother, I tried to do my very best
. to train them properly,
. so that when they grew up,
. they would become mature, successful adults.
. So of course, when Peter and Andrew
. went from being fishermen
. to becoming disciples of Jesus...
. I was – well... at first... I was concerned...
. I mean, WHO was this man called Jesus?
. WHAT was really going to become of my sons?
. And HOW would they support and provide
. for their families? But as time went on,
. and as I saw them become responsible,
. carrying and loving husbands and men of God,
. and that they were never in need of anything,
. I became more and more thrilled
. with their decision. And – eventually –
. I thought–
. YES! I DID do a good job of raising them.
. And the more time they spent with Jesus,
. the more impressed I was.
. Until I finally had to admit - that -
. I had only raised my sons to a point, but
. somehow Jesus was “finishing the job” for me.
. Changing them in ways that I could not!
(MOTHER chuckles, then continues.)
MOTHER Ahhh well, and every so often
. I would hear the stories
. of their adventures as they traveled about.
. And I’d hear stories of my son, Peter...
. my dear sweet well-meaning son, Peter...
. Ah! They do grow older,
. but the things they struggled with as children,
. can still be things
. they struggle with as adults.
. Peter always had quite a knack
. for putting his foot into his mouth.
. But this personal relationship with Jesus
. helped him – not only to avoid this bad habit –
. but actually took his “weakness”
. and made it into Peter’s “strength.”
. I know NOW that Jesus –
. is part of the Holy Trinity.
. All the miracles that Jesus performed
. is proof of that. But not only that,
. God came to earth, in flesh, to die for us.
. And after Jesus rose from the dead,
. and ascended back into heaven,
. the Helper – the Holy Spirit – came.
. The Holy Spirit is also part of the Trinity.
. It is the Holy Spirit that works
. in the hearts of all God’s children
. and helps guide them. And as we submit to Him,
. we are continually changing and maturing.
. And NOW - when I observe Peter,
. who was a firsthand witness to Jesus’ life
. and death, resurrection and ascension,
. PETER is now preaching with such boldness
. and with such authority
. about everything God has done for us already,
. and everything that God will do for us NOW,
. I cannot help but be proud -
. very proud – in God. When we believe in Jesus,
. we receive the Holy Spirit,
. which allows God to change us in amazing ways
. from the inside out -
. until the day we enter into eternal life
. where we will be made perfect.
. Through God – all things are possible.
. What more could a mother want for her children?