book of john

Intro, two actors alone on stage. They are standing in the middle, no props, just standing in front of the curtains which are closed. They walk on as the NARRATOR says the first chapter of John. They come to the center on “And the word became flesh.” They stand, listening to the voice until we accept them as one of us. Actors imitate the audience reaction, catch their vibe. If audience is looking up, actors catch that vibe.

NARRATOR

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
1:50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

GIRL

What once was, now has to be.

What once I thought, now I see

is truth, and that truth is in me.

FATHER

What do you see?

GIRL

I see a girl who once was and came

to be mother of one who came to be

father of a generation of people

who believe He is the messiah.

FATHER

Who is she?

GIRL

She is Mary, like me.

Curtain opens. Play begins. Actor runs on stage. Moses, about 75.

MOSES

Oh, Father, who could be as wonderful in my heart

as thee to lead me to lead these people

out of the wilderness into your wonderful promise?

People of Israel run onto the stage.

Sung to the tune of Beethoven’s ???

PEOPLE

Whose, oh whose, are we?

The people of Israel, whose God we

Have forgotten in our slavery.

Can he have forgotten us too?

MOSES

People of God,

Listen and be.

People of my loins,

The same father we

Have, and I, have chosen

To be with the people

Whose slavery is mine.

PEOPLE

Oh, Moses, Oh, Moses,

How can we

Know you are sent from our

God, the thing we look for

You do not seem to do.

MOSES

Deliverance comes from God.

Oh, Moses, let ours

Come through you.

People leave stage. Moses is alone.

God, not narrator, VO

GOD

Moses, oh Moses, I have chosen you.

To be in the place, My Son you,

Represent* my Son to these.

Be, the voice of promise.

My people, lead.

(Pronounce this “Ree-Pree-zent” as in “present again”)

NARRATOR

And Moses came. And Moses died.

And another rose. And still tried

To bring to the earth

The rule of God.

The people were unfaithful

They stayed at odds

With everyone

The living God sent.

John 25 – 35 years old

JOHN

Now here comes one.

Oh, one I see.

One more coming

Claiming the king.

John the Baptist:, about 40, (Stage right – offstage first)

JB

Here have I come

To be with thee. (fully onstage after)

To know thy will.

Of thee I seek.

To know You, my God,

Is to me

Higher than all

I ask to be.

In me is found

No good thing.

In my messiah

I hope, my suffering

To bring

To end.

JOHN

And what, John of old,

Does thy suffering entail?

JB

That mankind would

profit unveil.

The son of God

In human form be

The seed of woman

Mankind to see

How we have

From His perfect design

Fallen, fallen

Behind. This human veil

Of tears.

Behind our weight,

Behind our years,

Behind the influence

Of His voice

We have fallen

Under the weight

Of countless callings

Back to Him,

Back to be

Back in love

With God, our king

From Eden calls

To thou and me.

Eve, a young, early 20s, woman: (enters stage left)

EVE

First, I was,

First, I came

Forth from him

From whom I sprang,

Forth from love,

Forth from need,

Forth to be

One. Indeed

This calling,

This one

I to, was received,

Came forth, like him

Many from me.

JB

And from thou, Eve,

Came forth I too,

Many like me,

Calling. Who would believe

The report?

Who would know

The time?

Who could quench

Your waiting,

For fruit from you

Divine?

John hugs Eve and leaves stage. Eve is played by the same character as Mary, only a made up to appear younger version of Mary.

JOHN

So, Eve,

All we

Wait as you

God to conceive.

EVE

Here he comes.

Narrator begins John Chapter 2.

2:1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,
2:2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
2:3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
2:4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
2:6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]
2:7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
2:8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so,
2:9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside
2:10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
2:11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
2:13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2:14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.
2:15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
2:16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
2:17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
2:18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
2:20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”
2:21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
2:22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
2:23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.
2:24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.
2:25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

Mary and John are on stage listening. Mary has been transformed from Eve on stage, adding about seven years, mostly in dress,

While the narrator reads, John watches prayerfully.

Jesus is a child, about 5 years old.

JESUS

(John has gone stage left and backs off as Jesus comes on)

Mother!

MARY

Son, come.

Here to me

Is what I’ve waited for.

JESUS

Come and see.

Jesus and Mary go center stage.

There is a table wheeled out from backstage center with all kinds of fruit and vegetables to eat.

MARY

Oh, son. A feast.

For me?

JESUS

Mother, as I promised.

Food for us.

Father’s dying

Has not left our God

Without means.

MARY

We have Joseph.

JESUS

My father with us

remains.

Eat.

John reenters.

Jesus is now a man, about thirty-three.

He enters, hugs the little boy,

ushers him off, welcomes John.

John sits and beckons for more.

The eleven come in, various ages.

They, with others who follow as He speaks,

sit at Jesus’ feet.

JESUS

(begins speaking as John beckons)

Many things will be told you.

Miracles you will see.

Much will befall

This small band.

Before me was excuse.

After, none will be.

The message in you

Many can’t conceive.

From woman

I came.

To heaven

in Me

you all

Have a part.

Kingdom, now receive.

I am among you

As helpless, indeed,

I have homes not,

Nor treasured things

To entice one and all

Me to follow.

Judge my words,

If too hollow

To, eternal fulfillment

Yet to receive,

Then by the miracles

Done in you

Judge me.

The people go out into the four corners of the stage. John and Mary alone return.

Center stage, where Jesus stood, They look at the crowd and ask.

MARY AND JOHN

Is the miracle in you?