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Topic: Sightseeing (08/08/05)
TITLE: Follow Him
By darlene hight
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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
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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