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SEEKING THE MESSIAH

ACT 1 – Zacharias and Elizaveth
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There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of
Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both
righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they
had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. [Lucas
1:5-7]
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ELIZABETH:
Zacharias, how many years have we been praying for a child?
ZACHARIAS:
Since we have been married, dear Elizabeth.
ELIZABETH:
I still have faith that God can grant our request.
ZACHARIAS:
I do not know if I do. It seems that the Messiah whom we are hoping and waiting for will not come
through our family. It is time for me to go to the temple. I will come home as soon as my time of service
is complete.
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NARRATOR
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of
the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there
appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. [Lucas 1:8-11]
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ANGEL:
Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt
call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall
be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with
the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the
Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the
fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for
the Lord. [Lucas 1:12-17 – or a paraphrase]
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And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his
own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived. [Luk 1:24 25a]
And at the birth of the child, both parents rejoiced greatly, and Zacharias, filled with the Holy Spirit,
prophesied of the future of his son.
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to guide our feet into the way of peace. He hath shewed strength with his arm. And when she saw him. whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins. of the house of David. thou shalt conceive in thy womb. to Abraham. the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. and bring forth a son. shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways. and holy is his name. Lights out Lights on Narrator NARRATOR: And so it was that the Messiah for whom all had been seeking would come through this woman. and shalt call his name JESUS. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for. named Nazareth. and exalted them of low degree. [Lucas 1:76-79] lights out ACT 2 . He hath put down the mighty from their seats. seeing I know not a man? ANGEL: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee. and of his kingdom there shall be no end. ZACHARIAS: (to Elizabeth) This child has been sent by God to prepare the way for the Messiah we have been seeking. And. MARY: Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Through the tender mercy of our God. and the rich he hath sent empty away. And the angel said unto her. from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. thou that art highly favoured. be it unto me according to thy word. child. And Mary praised God. she was troubled at his saying. He hath filled the hungry with good things. Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. saying. To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph. (to baby John) And thou. and to his seed for ever. behold. [Lucas 1:26-27] lights out Lights on Mary and the angel ANGEL: Hail. and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever. Fear not. He hath holpen his servant Israel. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things.The Annunciation Lights on narrator NARRATOR And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee. in remembrance of his mercy. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. As he spake to our fathers. “ And Mary said. he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He shall be great. My soul doth magnify the Lord. For with God nothing shall be impossible. and the virgin's name was Mary. behold.” [Lucas 1:46-55] . To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. [Lucas 1:28b-33] MARY: How shall this be.Lights on Zacharias and Elizabeth with a baby in her arms. and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

being great with child. And she shall bring forth a son. I bring you good tidings of great joy. And she brought forth her firstborn son. And lo. who at first was minded to put Mary away. behold. which shall be to all people. which is called Bethlehem. would also learn the wonderful news. this is a very special child. keeping watch over their flock by night. And this shall be a sign unto you. and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. ACT 3 . because there was no room for them in the inn. that. lights out Lights up stage right on Joseph sleeping with the angel standing over him. ANGEL: Joseph. [Lucas 2:1-7] Lights up on stage right. fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.And her husband Joseph. and wrapped him in swaddling clothes. [Lucas 2:15] SHEPHERD 2: Can it be that the Messiah we are hoping for has finally come? Shepherds move to stage left. into Judaea. [Lucas 2:8-9] lights off on narrator ANGEL: Fear not: for. and see this thing which is come to pass. lying in a manger. that all the world should be taxed… And Joseph also went up from Galilee. and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. unto the city of David. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour. which the Lord hath made known unto us. the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. And so it was. and take Mary as my wife. [Mat 1:20-21] JOSEPH: (rising from sleep) So the Messiah whom we are seeking will come through my family! I will do as the angel has told me.Bethlehem Lights on Narrator NARRATOR And it came to pass in those days. and laid him in a manger. lights come up on stable. [Lucas 2:10-11] SHEPHERD 1: Let us now go even unto Bethlehem. thou son of David. which is Christ the Lord. out of the city of Nazareth. with innkeeper looking in SHEPHERD 1: (outside stable) We are seeking a child that has been born! INKEEPER Come inside. . the angel of the Lord came upon them. that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus. shepherds NARRATOR: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field. while they were there.

[Lucas 2:21-22. before he had seen the Lord's Christ. which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.Shepherds enter and kneel SHEPHERD 2: We have found the Christ! We must tell everyone! lights out ACT 4 – The Temple lights up on Narrator NARRATOR: And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child. this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel. according to thy word: Luk 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. and the same man was just and devout. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost. [Mat 2:1] lights off lights on stage right. they brought him to Jerusalem. three wise men WISE MAN 1: The star has disappeared. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished. Luk 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. [Lucas 2:30-32. now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace. Perhaps here we will find the King for whom we have been searching. Who has sent His Redemption to Israel. that he should not see death. and the glory of thy people Israel. Baby Jesus.34-35] (Anna approaches) SIMEON Anna! Here is the Messiah we have been seeking for! ANNA Thanks be to God. Joseph. whose name was Simeon. WISE MAN 2: Let us ask someone. behold. behold. And. Luk 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles. to present him to the Lord. Can you help us? . (stopping a man coming across stage) Excuse me sir.25-26] lights off lights up on Mary. we are magi who have traveled many miles from the East. and for a sign which shall be spoken against. there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. (to Mary and Joseph) Behold. We are searching for a child born king of the Jews. there was a man in Jerusalem. We must tell everyone that we know who is waiting for the Messiah! lights out ACT 5 – The Wise Men Lights on narrator: NARRATOR Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king. (Yea. a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also. his name was called JESUS. and Simeon SIMEON: (taking Jesus in his arms) This is the Messiah for whom we have been waiting! Lord.

[Mat 2:2-9] lights down on Narrator. art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor. he demanded of them where Christ should be born. WISE MAN 1: Look the star is shining in the east! WISE MAN 3: Let us follow it! The wise men arrive at a house where Mary. bring me word again. that shall rule my people Israel. Wise men are traveling. as the star disappeared when we came near Jerusalem. Be careful – there is already a king of the Jews. and why do you come to Jerusalem? WISE MAN 3: We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. Is this not the city of the Jews? MAN: The Jews are under the power and dominion of Rome. WISE MAN 2: Perhaps he knows of the child. WISE MAN 1: We must continue to search through the city for the child. but I know nothing of such a child. and when ye have found him. And they said unto him. You should not be searching for trouble. lights down lights up on Narrator When Herod the king heard of the wise men. Then Herod. that I may come and worship him also. and said. Joseph.MAN: A child born king? of the Jews? I am a Jew. and all Jerusalem with him. when he had privily called the wise men. up on stage right. enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. CONCLUSION ??? . And he sent them to Bethlehem. WISE MAN 2: Our search has ended! Here is the promised Messiah that we have sought so long! Wise men kneel and offer their treasures. If such a king is to be born it would only complicate problems with those who rule over us. he was troubled. Go and search diligently for the young child. in the land of Juda. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together. In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet. and Jesus are. Where have you gained such knowledge. (whispering) His name is Herod. And thou Bethlehem.