Bethlehem’s Shepherds

Bethlehem’s Shepherds

Luke 2: 1-20

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PARTICIPANTS:

Shepherd # 1, who also serves as Narrator
Shepherd #2

Angel

Mary

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Shepherd #1

I’m a shepherd, sitting on a hill near Bethlehem in the year zero. The sheep are quiet tonight. There’s nothing to fear. Who’s taking the first watch?

Shepherd #2

I get to sleep first! Hey! Look up there. What’s that light up in the sky? I’ve never seen a light so bright at night. Whoa! It’s getting brighter and closer. Run! Hide!

Shepherd #1

The light’s blinding me! Oh, look! It’s… It’s… Help! Help!

Angel

Don’t be afraid.

Shepherd #2

“Don’t be afraid,” he says! Ha! What’s he expect? He’s an alien from outer space! He could zap us in an instant, he’s so blazing!

Angel

No, that’s not why I came. I’m merely God’s messenger, with very good news. Go into town and you’ll find in an animal’s feeding trough a newborn baby who will be your Savior.

Shepherd #1

Look! There’s a whole army of angels! They’re singing in harmony so beautifully that no human could ever forget it. It’s so powerful! So comforting!

Shepherd #2

Oh, Look! Angelic Hosts!

Prompter & Companions

Glory to God in the highest! Peace earth to all men!

Shepherd #1

Hurry! Let’s go to Bethlehem, find the baby and worship Him!

Shepherd #2

Can you believe it? Our King and Deliverer born in a barn! What a strange place for a savior to be born! Oh, here’s His young mother. She seems very nice!

Shepherd #1

Young lady, angels sent us to see your child. He will be our Savior. Just think! Our Savior!

Mary

I’m moved by what the angels told you about my son.It makes me weep with joy. I will always treasure it in my heart.

Shepherd #2

But why are you out in this barn with all these smelly animals?

Mary

There’s no room in the house, and the town is crowded with people. We came from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register for the Roman tax. Many others had already come for the same reason.

Shepherd #1

Then you were also born in Bethlehem, the city of David?

Mary

Yes. King David was ancestor to both my husband Joseph and me. Have you registered yet for the tax?

Shepherd #2

Uh, no. I’m going to escape the Romans’ attention. I hate those… those…

Mary

Careful! You could get in serious trouble! This tax is an edict of Emperor Caesar Augustus. You won’t escape.

Shepherd #1

What kind of savior will the baby be? Will he crush those greedy Romans, so we don’t have to pay their cruel taxes?

Shepherd #2

I thought the Messiah would come to free Israel, but the angels said He would bless all nations.Strange. Let’s go tell our friends the good news, so they can praise God with us.

DISCUSS:

Artists have painted angels as benign, tender, motherly beings ? so why were the shepherds so terrified, as was everyone else in Scripture who saw real angels?

Why did God permit His Son to be born out where smelly animals were, instead of in a grand palace?

What Old Testament prophecy wasfulfilled that night, concerning the location of the Messiah’s birth?

(Good answers: Micah 5:2 foretold Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Also, Isaiah 7:24 foretold He would be born of a virgin.)

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