About 5 minutes, from Matthew 3
Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is simply to relive sacred events, not to perform)
- John the Baptist
- Voice (of Jesus)
- Pharisee Prompter Shout a brief line, and Echoes repeat it. Echoes
- Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.
|John the Baptist||I am John the Baptizer. The prophet Isaiah foretold what I would do way out here by the Jordan River:|
I am “The voice crying in the desert.”
|Prompter & Echoes||Prepare the way of the Lord!|
|Pharisee||What is going on? We Pharisees had better find out.|
That fanatic out at the Jordan River is attracting huge crowds.
|John the Baptist||Oh, look! Many are coming from Jerusalem and Judea.|
They want to confess their sins and have me baptize them.
Oh, Oh! Here come those religious Pharisees and Sadducees. There’ll be trouble! They’re not coming for the right reason.
|Pharisee||We Pharisees came for you to baptize us, John,|
because we live holy lives.
|John the Baptist||Listen, you must repent first. Turn from your sins,|
because the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
|Pharisee||Who are you to tell us Pharisees to repent?|
What kind of a prophet are you? Look at you!
Wearing camel’s skins, and living like a wild man,
eating grasshoppers and wild honey!
|John the Baptist||You vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?|
If you want me to baptize you, bear fruit that shows your repentance.
|Pharisee||We have no need to repent, John. Abraham is our father!|
|Prompter & Echoes||Blessed Father Abraham!|
|John the Baptist||God can raise up children of Abraham from these stones!|
The axe is applied to the trees; those that bear no fruit are cut down and thrown into the fire.
|Pharisee||Are you threatening us? Just what do you mean?|
|John the Baptist||I baptize with water to show repentance, but He who comes after me is greater than I. I am not fit to untie His sandals;|
He’ll baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire!
|Prompter & Echoes||What kind of fire?|
|John||The Messiah is holding His winnowing fan; He will blow the worthless chaff from the wheat on His threshing floor;|
and gather His wheat into the barn,
but He will burn up the chaff with fire that you cannot put out.
|Pharisee||Just who is this Messiah that will do all this?|
|Prompter & Echoes||Turn around and see who is coming.|
Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
|Prompter & Echoes||Lamb of God!|
|Pharisee||What is all this about?|
Why do you call that man the Lamb of God?
|John the Baptist||Listen to Him.|
|Voice||I have come to you, John, for you to baptize me.|
|John the Baptist||Lord! This is backwards!|
My baptism is for bad people who confess their wrongs and repent. You are righteous. I need to be baptized by You!
Why do You come to me?
|Voice||Permit it for now; it is fitting for us, in order to fulfill all that is right.|
|John the Baptist||I do as Jesus said. I baptize Him.|
When He comes up out of the water, the heavens open!
Oh! The Spirit of God is descending on Him like a dove!
I hear a voice from heaven. Listen! It announces,
“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
|Prompter & Echoes||Son of God!|