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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sightseeing (08/08/05)

TITLE: Follow Him
By darlene hight


Category: Character Sketch

Synopsis: Faith is something that builds. Few people start with all of the faith that they need to walk with Christ but as we walk He builds our faith. This Character Sketch of Peter shows that process.

Cast: One Character - Peter

Costume: Biblical costume

Props: None

Setting: General stage – stage lighting low with spotlight on Peter. House lights low.

Scripture: Matthew 16:21-17:23

[Peter walks center stage and addresses the audience]

Peter: He was the best man that I ever knew. It’s hard to explain really. What exactly made Him so different? But from the first time that He said, “Come follow me.” I knew, [with conviction] I just knew. It was as if my soul had been tuned to only one voice and for the first time I was hearing that voice. “Follow me” [emphasis] “Follow me”.

[Smiling as he remembers] I guess you can well imagine the conversation that I had with my wife when I told her that I’d laid down my fishing nets to learn at the feet of a perfect stranger.[soft chuckle] [pause and then serious –explaining] He wasn’t a known teacher of the law. I hadn’t sought Him out. If a man desires to learn more about the law, He seeks a teacher, a known teacher. Jesus didn’t teach the law. He knew it, better than anybody that I had ever met but what he taught was so much more than the law. When He opened His mouth to speak, it was as if He opened the gates of heaven and was giving a guided tour. The things that He showed us, his followers….Well…we were awestruck. We often talked among ourselves trying to reason these things out. His teachings were so different than anything that we had ever heard.

[pause very serious tone] When He began speaking of his death, I thought to myself, this can’t be right! Why would anyone kill this man? Everyday from morning until evening the people pressed in on Him but He never sent them away. He had to get up long before the sun just to pray alone. He fed the people. He healed them. He even brought some back to life. So, I told Him, when He spoke of His death,” This will never happen to you” I was wrong, so wrong. I just didn’t want to believe that it could happen to this man. Not Him.

Jesus took James, John and I on a sightseeing adventure that I will never forget. He brought us up onto a high mountain. There He showed us who He really was. [voice breaking with emotion] He is…..He truly is the Son of God [with conviction] If you had seen His face as we saw Him. Then you would know that there is none like Him. That’s why we couldn’t believe. He couldn’t die in the way that He said. We thought He must be talking about John the Baptist but never such a death for the Son of God.

[Reflective almost sorrowful] I walked with Jesus for three years. I watched Him heal more people than I can count. Yet, when a man brought his demon possessed son to us, we couldn’t release the boy. We tried but the demon wouldn’t come out. I asked Jesus, “Why?” He answered simply, “You don’t have enough faith.” He was right. As Jesus' student I was a failure, a mere observer of greatness - not an imitator. But I did learn one thing; He was capable of coming back to life in three days. After all, He could heal crowds of people and raise others from the dead. Why couldn’t He raise Himself? But did I really believe? God knows. I do not.

It grieved me to think of Him dying like that. If you had only seen Him on that mountain then you would know how repulsive that He should die like this! But die a horrific death; He did, just as He said.

[Change in tone still serious but now hopeful] Friend, don’t grieve for Jesus. Oh…If you could see…If only you could see how He lives! Then you would know. You would understand why…why, I must, no matter the cost, follow Him.

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Beth Muehlhausen08/18/05
Hello, friend! I've already read this once before, but enjoyed seeing it here "for real." :-)

Good job and well done!
Lynda Lee Schab 08/19/05
I think you've discovered your gift, Darlene. Drama seems to be your forte. I enjoy reading them each week. This one was wonderful - great reflective dialogue. I had no problem picturing this sketch in front of church. Excellent take on "sightseeing" too - Peter did take in the most amazing sight of all, didn't he? Well done!
Blessings, Lynda
Debra Brand08/19/05
Excellent work! I always like to imagine the thoughts of those in the Bible. The 'was' words bothered me but I think it's ok when it'a a dialogue. Great Job!
Jan Ackerson 08/19/05
Very, very nice capture of Peter's voice. I'd love to see this performed. I even appreciate the stage directions; they contribute to the success of this monologue.
Shari Armstrong 08/19/05
Nicely done, I can see this used at a Good Friday/Sunrise service.
Tammy Johnson08/20/05
Very nice! A good actor could bring chills with this - much depth of emotion. Good insight. Thanks!
Crista Darr08/20/05
My favorite line: "When He opened His mouth to speak, it was as if He opened the gates of heaven and was giving a guided tour." I agree with Lynda - you have a gift. I pray God will use these dramas to minister to multitudes.
Tisha Martin 08/20/05
Darlene, I've never read a challenge entry like this before! It's neat and unique!