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HAVING CONFIDENCE – written by Tanis Harms
SCRIPTURE: Jhn.3:1-21, 19:38-41; 1Jhn.1:6-7
Style: drama/conversation: NICODEMUS and CHAVA
. flashback to childhood experiences
. as they discuss the importance of having
. the confidence to share God’s love
Cast: NICODEMUS (male adult)
. CHAVA (female adult)
. NICODEMUS (male child)
. CHAVA (female child)
. CHILD 1 (male or female)
. CHILD 2 (male or female)
. NARRATOR (optional)
. STAGE LEFT
(As adults, NICODEMUS enters, resolute.
CHAVA follows, concerned.)
CHAVA This entire time, you have kept it
. a secret that you are a follower of Jesus.
. And- NOW you are going to be bold
. and speak out? After Jesus has
. been killed on the cross? Nicodemus,
. if ever there was a more dangerous
. time to do this – it would be now.
. The Pharisees will see this act as betrayal.
NICODEMUS I thought that by remaining a Pharisees
. I could help save Jesus somehow.
. But- there was nothing I could do.
. Chava, the least I can do for Jesus
. is help bury Him... Chava? I hope that
. you will be with me in this.
CHAVA You’ve never really been the brave one.
. Or have you forgotten?
CHAVA When we were children?
. CENTER STAGE
(As children, NICODEMUS walks in shaking his head.
CHAVA is right on his heels. CHILD 1-2 enter and
stand in the background, listening in. Periodically
they giggle quietly to certain comments.)
NICODEMUS Chava, don’t make me say it.
CHAVA Why not?
NICODEMUS It’s – weird...
CHAVA No one is around.
CHAVA It’s not weird. I just need to hear it...
. (waits, then) It’s my future, too, you know.
. Our fathers have arranged our marriage
. believing that we would care about
. each other. So I just want to KNOW that-
. that you care... I’m scared too, you know!
NICODEMUS Ugh, okay. I – like – you.
CHAVA You better! Because we have spend
. our entire lives together.
(CHILD 1-2 now have to laugh out loud.
NICODEMUS slaps his forehead with embarrassment.
CHAVA is not impressed with NICODEMUS’ reaction.)
CHILD 1 So, Nicodemus, you like Chava?
(NICODEMUS quickly realizes CHAVA’s dismay.)
CHILD 2 Looks like Chava is going to be stuck
. with a scare-dy-cat.
(NICODEMUS stands there, afraid to move or say anything.)
CHAVA (to NICODEMUS) Well, aren’t you going
. to defend me? Defend us?
(NICODEMUS stands there, thinking.)
CHILD 2 Scare-dy-cat.
CHILD 1 Are you scared to get married?
CHAVA Everybody gets married! Hm, so I wonder
. who YOUR dad is going to pick for YOU?
(While CHILD 1 becomes frightened and stands still
thinking this through, CHILD 2 continues the teasing.)
CHILD 2 (to NICODEMUS) Are you always
. going to have Chava speak for you?
CHAVA What’s wrong about speaking up for oneself?
(CHILD 2 shrugs, then exits, motioning CHILD 1
to follow. CHAVA turns to NICODEMUS with a growl.)
CHAVA Gr! I just hope one day you will have
. the courage to speak up for something!
. STAGE LEFT
(As adults, NICODEMUS looks intently at CHAVA.)
NICODEMUS I need to start speaking up for
. what I believe. I believe that Jesus
. is God’s Son. And Jesus said something
. about being lifted up. We may be
. helping to bury Him now, but-
. He will somehow be lifted up-
CHAVA Nicodemus, the Pharisees have
. had their taste for blood.
. I fear that anyone standing up for Jesus
. could be next.
NICODEMUS I – love – God. You know, that night
. when I went to talk to Jesus in private,
. Jesus said that He is the Light. Light
. exposes our deeds, and if we have been
. born again, we have no need to be afraid.
. We should not be afraid, or hide our light.
. STAGE RIGHT 4
NAR. 9 “If we claim to have fellowship with Him
. and yet walk in the darkness,
. we lie and do not live out the truth.
. But if we walk in the light,
. as He is in the light,
. we have fellowship with one another,
. and the blood of Jesus, his Son,
. purifies us from all sin.”
. (1 John 1:6-7)