Characters: All Teens
Tommy: sports fan and athletic, new to youth group, not yet a believer.
Kyle: mature, youth group leader brings message of salvation.
Allison: graceful, stable, sincere & loving, brings bible as gift.
Tracy: a bubbly, airhead, somewhat obnoxious, comic relief, brings Easter basket and large purse with Christian paraphernalia. She has an obvious crush on Tommy.
Easter Sunday in Tommyís living room.
Tommy is home on the sofa with bandage on his head. He recently had an ďaccidentĒ at a youth outing. His new youth group friends stop by for a visit after church on Easter and end up leading him to the Lord.
New Bible, Easter Basket w/ colored eggs, one not boiled, a sofa and chair/loveseat (sanctuary chairs covered with couch covers), end table and a lamp, remote control, cell phone, bandages, large purse for Tracy to hold Christian Bumper sticker, package of pens, erasers, highlighters, large flashlight, XL t-shirt that reads: ďGOD LOVES MEÖĒ on the front, ďAND SO DOES TRACYĒ on the back.
TOMMY IS SITTING ON THE SOFA WITH REMOTE CONTROL IN HAND AS IF HE IS CHANNEL SURFING. HIS HEAD IS WRAPPED IN BANDAGES.
Tommy: OUT LOUD, TALKING TO HIMSELF. Iím so bored. March Madness is over and the only sport I can find on TV is figure skating. How did figure skating ever become a sport?
ENTER STAGE RIGHT: KYLE, ALLISON AND TRACY
Kyle: Hi, Tommy. Your mom let us in.
Tommy: WITH EXCITEMENT. Hey, Kyle. Hi, Allison.
Tracy: WITH A ďTWINKLEĒ IN HER EYE AND OVERLY AFFECTIONATE. H-I-I-I-I-I, Tommy.
Tommy: ALMOST MOANING. Hello, Tracy.
Tracy: STILL VERY AFFECTIONATE. I missed you in church this morning.
Allison: Tracy, youíre drooling again.
Kyle: Looks like your mom is cooking up quite an Easter dinner for you.
Allison: Yeah, that ham smells really good.
Tracy: I made this Easter basket for you, Tommy.
Tracy: Thereís a get-well card in there too.
Tracy: Itís under the jellybeans.
Tommy: GETTING IRRITATED. Thank you, Iíll look at it later.
Allison: We just wanted to stop by to see how you were doing. SLOWLY You knowÖafter the accident during youth group last week.
Tracy: Yeah, Tommy, I sure am sorry that the basketball hoop fell on your head.
Allison: Itís only the third time thatís happened all year.
Kyle: The pastor promised to get it fixed this time.
Tommy: You wanna see the wound? I donít think itís too bad.
All: Sure, Yeah, Okay.
THEY GATHER IN FRONT OF HIM, BACKS TO AUDIENCE AS TOMMY REVEALS HIS WOUND. THEY TURN AROUND TO FACE AUDIENCEÖTHEY ALL GROSS OUT AFTER THEY PEEK UNDER HIS BANDAGESÖ
Tracy: LYING Oh, no, it doesnít look bad.
ALL LOOK TO AUDIENCE WITH SHOCK AND DISGUST ON THEIR FACES.
Kyle: Your momís not thinking about suing the church is she, Tommy?
Tommy: Oh, no, she wouldnít do that. She knows it was just an accident. That basketball hoop could have fallen on anyone.
Kyle: Excuse me; I have to make a phone call. MOVES STAGE LEFT FRONT. DIALS CELL PHONE. Hi, Pastor. Itís me, Kyle Anderson. It looks REAL bad! I asked him and he said no lawsuit. (A SCREAM OF JOY FROM THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE). Ok, I will. Goodbye. RETURNS TO SEAT.
Allison: The other kids in youth group were asking about you this morning.
Tommy: What was the service about?
Tracy: The usual Easter sermon. Iíve heard it a hundred times before.
Allison: Youíre only 15.
Tracy: Ok, so I heard it 15 times before.
Kyle: Tommy, the pastor said he wants you to know that heís praying for you.
Tracy: Try one of my Easter eggs, Tommy. They all have your name on them.
Tommy: If you insist. Cracks open a raw egg. With loud sarcasm. Nice!
Tracy: I just knew I forgot to do something this morning. Thanks, Tommy. Iíll go put these in hot water. TAKES BASKET AND EXITS STAGE RIGHT
Allison: I brought this Bible for you, Tommy.
Tommy: My own Bible, huh? Thanks.
Allison: No problem.
Tommy: But, where do I start? At the beginning?
Kyle: Actually, a good place to start is John 3:16.
Tommy: John 3:16? I was at a Texans game and saw somebody holding up a sign that read John 3:16. He was a crazy looking dude wearing a rainbow wig.
Allison: Oh, thatís Tracyís uncle. Heís a big fan of football and a big fan of Jesus. So, he takes that sign to all the games. But, thatís no wig. Thatís his real hair!
Tommy: Well, it makes perfect sense that heís related to Tracy.
Kyle: We all call him Uncle Rainbow Head. Heís actually a pretty cool guy.
Allison: Tommy, why donít you open up to John 3:16 and read it for yourself?
Tommy: Right now?
Kyle: Sure, why not? Iíll show you where itís at.
Tommy: READING FROM THE BIBLE: John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Allison: Read the next verse. I think itís pretty good too.
Tommy: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him. TO KYLEÖ That would include me, right?
Kyle: Right! And Jesus also said that he is the only way, the only truth and the only life.
Allison: No one can come to the Father without going through Jesus. He is the only way!
TRACY RETURNS FROM THE KITCHEN TO JOIN THE OTHERS.
Tommy: I donít think I understand.
Kyle: Well, Jesus was perfect in every way. He never sinned!
Kyle: So, God, allowed Jesus, the perfect human being to be sacrificed for all our sins. He received the punishment that we deserved. Jesus died on the cross in our place. But, I have good news, Tommy!
Tracy: You just saved hundreds of dollars on your car insurance by switching to Geico?
Allison: Some of us are still waiting for God to make the simple, wise.
Kyle: The Good News is that Jesus rose from the dead three days later. Thatís why we celebrate Easter.
Tommy: I still donít see why Jesus had to die.
Tracy: God had to make a choice. It was either his son or us!
Kyle and Allison: WHAT?
Tracy: Uncle Rainbow Head once told us a story about a father, his son and a train.
Tommy: A train?
Allison: Yeah, the story about the train and the drawbridge.
Kyle: Oh, yeah, I remember now. Tommy, itís like this: There was a man who had a job of raising and lowering a drawbridge so passenger trains could safely cross a deep canyon. This man had one child. A son that he loved very much. One day this child wandered over to the bridge without his father noticing. When the father heard a train whistle, he reached for the controls to lower the bridge. Thatís when he looked out the window and noticed his son had crawled into the big, heavy gears of the bridge. If he lowered the bridge his son would be crushed! He only had seconds to decide what to do. Hundreds of people would die if he didnít lower the bridge Ė all sons and daughters loved by someone. He took a deep breath. His heart was screaming with pain and he grabbed the controls to lower the bridge. The father stood there and screamed out in anguish, pounding both fists on the window as the train passed safely over the bridge. The passengers saw him and thought he was waving so with smiles on their faces they just waved back at him. They never realized the price the father had just paid for them.
(ALL PAUSE FOR A MOMENT OF DEEP THOUGHT)
Tommy: Kyle, I think Iím ready to pray now. But, Iím not sure what to say.
Kyle: Praying is just talking to God. All you have to do is ask Jesus to forgive you of all your sins and invite him into your heart.
Allison: (WITH PASSION) Paul said in Romans that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For, it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and itís by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Kyle: Weíll pray along with you, silently. (ALL BOW THEIR HEADS FOR PRAYER).
Tommy: Jesus, I understand why you died for me. I really do believe you love me. Forgive me for my sins. I ask that you would come into my heart. Takes a deep breath and pauses. Thank you, Jesus.
Tommy: Wow! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
Allison: Welcome to the kingdom, Tommy.
Tommy: Now what do I do?
Tracy: Iíll take this one! PICKS UP THE BIG PURSE/BAG. I came prepared just in case this would happen today. I brought some things to help get you started on your walk with the Lord.
Tommy: (WITH SARCASM) Great!
Tracy: Allison gave you a Bible already. So, I brought you some accessories. FROM THE BAG SHE PULLS OUT THE FOLLOWING PROPS WHILE SPEAKING AND HANDS EACH ONE TO TOMMY. First, youíll need some highlighters to mark your favorite scriptures. Eventually your Bible will look like my Uncleís hair. Here are some pens for taking notes. This way you wonít have to steal the pens from the back of the chairs in the sanctuary. Some erasers, incase you donít hear God right the first time. That happens to me all the time. Hereís a flashlight for nighttime reading. And, no Christian life is complete without a bumper sticker.
Tommy: READING THE BUMPER STICKER. ďI Pray, Get Used To ItĒ?
Tracy: Well, you do pray donít you?
Tommy: Yeah, sure. But, I wonít be driving for at least another year.
Tracy: No problem. PEELS THE STICKER AND PLACES IT OVER THE BANDAGES ACROSS HIS FOREHEAD. For now, weíll just stick it right here. Oh, and one more thing. HOLDS T-SHIRT UP WITH FRONT FACING AUDIENCE. I got you a t-shirt.
Tommy: READING FROM THE SHIRT. God loves me.
Tracy: TURNING T-SHIRT AROUND. And so does Tracy.
Kyle: Some of these things might be helpful but, Jesus is really more interested in your heart - not so much what you have on the outside.
Allison: A good way to get to know Jesus is by reading the Gospel of John.
Kyle: Thatís a great place to start!
Tommy: What about my friends?
Kyle: TommyÖwe are your friends.
Allison: Even better, weíre your family!
Tracy: Thatís right, Tommy, you and I are like brother and sister now.