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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cousin(s) (05/22/08)

TITLE: Locusts, Honey, and Sleeves
By Allison Egley
05/28/08


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Setting: The characters should be sitting on 2 chairs, one on each side of the stage. As each person speaks, a spotlight is shone on him. There should be some sense of a third party, maybe a reporter or interview, who is conveying what the other person is saying. During the line from the voice off stage, the entire stage should be lit. Strobe lights would be better. There should be a few seconds of darkness and silence after this line. On the very last line, the spotlight should be on both characters.

Characters:
John
should be wearing camel fur clothing, if possible.
Jesus should be wearing a long sleeveless cloak. The off stage voice should be loud, deep, and booming.

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John: I remember that day so well. I had been preparing people for my cousin's arrival. I suppose we're technically second cousins, since our mothers are cousins, but it's close enough. Anyway, I remember preparing people for his arrival. I think some people thought I was a bit crazy...

Jesus: ...He wore camel's hair and ate locusts and wild honey.

John: Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it. As I was saying, I was preparing people for Jesus' ministry. Telling them to repent, because the kingdom of heaven was near. I was baptizing people in the Jordan River, explaining that I was only baptizing with water, but one would come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. And then...

Jesus: ...I was walking down to the Jordan, because I knew John would be there.

John: I had just finished telling the people that I would not even be fit to remove His sandals. Then he asked me...

Jesus: I asked him to baptize me.

John: I was stunned. "Me?" I asked. "I have need to be baptized by You, and do you come to me?"

Jesus: "Permit it at this time," I replied. "for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness."

John: I felt so small. So unworthy. So... honored. As I raised Him up out of the water, I saw the heavens open up, and a dove descended. Then I heard a voice.

Voice off stage: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.

John: I was so awe-struck. I don't think any of us moved from where we were standing. When I was finally aware of my earthly surroundings again, Jesus was gone. I didn't see Him for about forty days after that. [beat] I'll tell you what. I know Who my cousin is. And I can't wait to see what He has up His sleeves.

Jesus (looking down at his sleeveless cloak): Sleeves? I don't have any of those. Just the power of God.

Jesus and John: It's going to be amazing.

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Context and direct quotes taken from Matthew 3 (NASB).


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Sara Harricharan 05/29/08
LOL! This is hilarious! Love the creative take and the play format of it. Great job-especially with the 'sleeves' part. Heehee! I enjoyed this! ^_^
Shirley McClay 05/29/08
Very fun! I loved the sleeve part too.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/30/08
This would be a great skit for a youth group to present.
Karen Wilber 06/01/08
Good adaptation of scripture for a quick skit. The lines have a natural flow between the characters that makes this very do-able. Nice work!
Cheri Hardaway 06/01/08
Very talented skit crafting! Nice work! Blessings, Cheri
Jan Ackerson 06/02/08
Great skit for a youth group!

I wasn't quite sure if it was long enough to fully establish a mood. Sometimes I thought it was going to be humorous, and sometimes serious. I felt a bit of dissonance, trying to figure out where you were going with this.

It's exactly what a skit should be, though--concise, entertaining, with a message. Good job!
Joshua Janoski06/03/08
My only complaint is that you left me wanting more! I want to see an expanded version of this skit. This was good. I liked the humor that you injected into it. Very fun.