Monologues

Communion: Five Monologues... for Easter

Description
The five pieces in this collection—monologues by the apostle John, Mary Magdalene, and two monologues by the apostle Peter, along with a monologue/conversation of Joseph of Arimathea with Nicodemus—can be used either individually or as a unified whole. Separately, they could be used to illustrate a sermon, Bible study, choir anthem, or other special music. They could also be inserted into a larger production, such as an Easter musical. Used together, they portray the thoughts, regrets and joys of those closest to Jesus at the time of His death, burial, and resurrection. They are included in this script in roughly chronological order, so, if performed all at the same time, should be presented in this order.

Theme
The realization of what Christ did for each of us in His ultimate sacrifice upon the cross.

Characters
Apostle John
Apostle Peter
Joseph of Arimathea
Nicodemus
Mary Magdalene

Topics
Apostle John Apostle Peter Nicodemus Joseph of Arimethea Mary Magdalene Jesus Easter Crucifixion Suffering Sacrifice Place of the Skull Golgotha Jerusalem Calvary

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Dimensions

8 minutes / 1 Character

Description
Dimensions is a flexible monologue for Moses: Flexible in that it can be used to illustrate the historical moment and character of the man, or it can be used to emphasize a more universal point.

The time frame for this monologue is just after his burning bush experience. In it the man Moses expresses the evolution of greatness in his life. Born into subjection, he was raised in royalty, but then in middle age was reduced to the lowly, earthy life of a shepherd. Thinking he could go no lower, at the bush the Lord God demonstrated he could, and, as a consequence, Moses learned the truth about servanthood—and Lordship.

Theme
God's holiness; servanthood; Lordship; Obedience

"I suddenly realized that whatever stature I had remaining was nothing next to His. This voice belonged to the God of all eternity, and next to Him I was nothing. Someday people will ask why I obeyed. someday people will wonder why I didn't just turn away and return to my flocks. I may have a different answer by then—after I've completed the task He's assigned me. But right now—with the smell of His presence still in my nostrils—right now I would answer that I obey because I must. There is no other choice. He is holy, you see. And I am not. There's room for only one God, and the position has already been filled. And if He selects me to serve Him—in spite of who I am—then. I have no choice but to obey." (Moses)

Character
Moses

Topics
Dimensions Moses Holiness Servanthood Lordship Obedience

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Even Logic

5 minutes / 1 character

Description
A monologue delivered by the apostle Philip's wife.

"There are many roads to Christ. Some, like Philip, travel a road of cold reason and logic. They seek the practical solutions. But Philip used his God-given logic to put all the pieces together, until he came up with the truth—the inevitable truth that Jesus was truly the Son of God."

Theme

There are many roads to Christ. Some people do have that simple, child-like faith. Some have an ugly past that no one but the Son of God could forgive. Some are good, moral people who finally realize that that isn't enough. Some travel a road of cold reason and logic. They seek the practical solutions. But all roads lead to the same place. We all find our answer in Jesus. All roads must lead to Christ—because He is the only way to the Father. (from Even Logic)

Character
Wife of Philip

Topics
Even Logic Philip The Twelve A Different Road

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I Never Called Him Lord

5 minutes / 1 character

Description
I Never Called Him Lord is the most dynamic and gripping of the 12 disciple sketches. Judas Iscariot addresses the audience from Hell—and those on the front pew will never be the same.

The tortured remains of Judas Iscariot cry out from their eternity. The devil's pawn. His best man. Once paid handsomely for his deceit, he now is paying with his soul in torment. Hear the voice of one who made the wrong choice. Heed his wisdom. (from Program Notes)

Theme

I never called Him "Lord." My highest praise for Him was "Rabbi." I never gave Him control over my life, my being. I always held some back. And by holding some back I gave entrance to Satan himself. My pride would not allow me to give it all to Jesus—to let Him be my Lord. (Judas)

Character
Judas Iscariot

Notes
Judas should be dressed in ragged, almost shredded, clothing. He should have a grave-like pallor. (Don't just slap Clown White on his face; use an under layer of Forest Green for a green-around-the-gills look.)

Topics
I Never Called Him Lord Judas Iscariot Hell Despair Repentance Lordship Anger Torment Rabbi

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No Man Condemns You

3 minutes / 1 character

Description

This short piece is a modern re-telling of the scene from John 8:2-11, where Jesus is presented with the woman caught in sin.

Imagine, if you will, a modern setting for this story from John's Gospel. Imagine Jesus walking the earth in our time, instead of almost 2,000 years ago. And imagine this woman feeling the stones of our own hypocrisy and the loving forgiveness of the Savior.

Theme
Hypocrisy, Grace and Forgiveness

Character
A contemporary woman addressing the church body

Notes
No set or props are necessary for this monologue.

Wardrobe
The woman is in modern dress, Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes—but just a little on the tacky side, as if she has not totally abandoned her earlier manners of dress. Maybe she is wearing a little too much makeup; maybe she has done her hair in a way that makes her look a little like a floozy; maybe her skirt is a little too tight, or too short; maybe her colors are on the loud side for a Sunday service.

Topics
No Man Condemns You John 8:2-11 Hypocrisy Forgiveness Picnic Woman Past Reputation

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Profit

5 minutes / 1 character

Description
Matthew, the disciple, addresses the audience as if they were guests for a banquet in his home:

"Miriam, more food for our guests! Joseph, was the lamb roasted to your liking? The honey sauce was made specially for you. And Ezrah, I know how you love the dates; my wife has prepared a bag of them for you to take with you. My friends and guests. You bring honor to this house by your presence."

Matthew has invited them all to bid them goodbye. He is off to serve Jesus:

"But now we must part. (raising his arms in protest) Please. I know; it's as much a shock to me as it is to you. But you see, this day I have made a new friend. This very morning I met Him and He has brought me wealth far surpassing what I have already. The riches He brings are difficult to bank—but easy to spend." (from Profit)

Theme
The riches Jesus has to offer far surpass anything of this world.

Characters
Matthew

Notes
The Matthew of this sketch is a gregarious, back-slapping host who isn't ashamed to admit wrong and confess a new direction for his life to his old friends. It is his way of witnessing.

Topics
Profit Matthew Disciple Tax Collector Dinner Meal Gratitude Generosity Wealth Riches

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The Scarred Rock

7 minutes / 1 character

Description
The time is c.AD 65. Peter is old, just a few years from his death. He sits at a small table, writing one of his letters and speaking the words as he pens his thoughts. [NOTE: This sketch could also be played with Peter dictating the letter to an amanuensis (secretary)].

The bulk of Peter's monologue is taken from scripture, except for a middle section in which he is moved to express his guilt over his denial of Jesus—followed by his joy over Jesus' forgiveness of that sin.

Theme
Living the Christian life; The guilt of sin; Forgiveness

Characters
Apostle Peter
amanuensis (optional)

Set and Props
Table
Bench
Inkwell
Stylus
Scroll

Topics
The Scarred Rock Apostle Peter Guilt Forgiveness Joy Walking with Christ Jesus Death Crucifixion

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The Sword Conquered by Love

5 minutes / 1 character

Description
Simon, the Zealot, was driven by a fervor of dangerous proportions. His party, the Cananaeans, fought against the Roman possession of their land with passion and the sword. Jesus didn't extinguish Simon's passion; He just redirected it—and forever changed his choice of weapons.

Theme
"Love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute" us.

Characters
Simon, the Zealot

Notes
If you are performing all the sketches from The Twelve, this is a good last choice in the sequence, because Simon mentions each of the other disciples in his monologue.

Topics
The Sword Conquered by Love Simon Zealot Disciples Political Party Messiah Jews Romans Anger Fighting The Twelve

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You Will Drink of the Cup

5 minutes / 1 character

Description
Salome, mother of the disciples James and John, was witness to much of the ministry of Jesus. Her singular brand of devotion was tinged by a protective and prideful spirit toward her sons. But her proximity to the Lord gave rise to a faith that found its fruition at the foot of the cross.

Theme
Servanthood Humility

Characters
Salome (mother of the disciples James and John)

Topics
You Will Drink of the Cup Servanthood Humility Salome Sons of Thunder Heaven Disciples

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