“Encounters with Jesus”
A Short Skit for Drama Ministry
Based on John 4:4-26
Written by Vania Christy Raharja
Central Park. By 6 hours/ 12 AM
A filthy park, where’s there’s a well in the corner – known as the “Wishing Well”
It’s dark and cold
Full of dry leaves and the park bench just in the centre of the stage
Lights just representing the cold dark filthy night
A middle age woman, a working woman, in her business suit – eating her last sandwich and holds a drinking water – she really had a bad day at the office and took her time off by sitting down at the park – resting her self from her hectic day at the office – she really looks tired. It’s been a really shitty day for her and basically her life. Typical work office look – with a black blazer, white top, and a skirt – hair is in a bun.
Lost Traveler Guy: Berdie / Jesus
Jesus like character – with a white gown – but he looks like a backpacker traveler that is hungry and lost – He also looks divine – There’s still a Godly Human character in him – I could use Diogo Morgado to play this (:D) – but without the beard and the long hair? Thou he will also look lost a bit and asking for food. If the person who plays this man character is black and the women is white then we can also play around within that in the line of “You are a Jew, and I’m a Samaritan women.” – John 4:9 (NIV)
Enters Annie Marie looking tired, carrying her black woman purse. She sat down on the filthy park bench.
Annie (A): (Looking at the stars)
God, if there’s You, I don’t know how to start my own life in the right way. I’ve been living in a sin for so long. Had lived with five husband and none of them has satisfy me. I’m currently living with one man but he doesn’t even know how to treat me well.
I am a whore.
I am unworthy.
Is there anyway I could still be living in your way? (Sigh, looking at her clock and she really feels cold and hungry, she looks up to her purse searching for her last food and drinking water)
I don’t know how to live anymore. (Points out to the bottle water) I am thirsty, but this drink would never satisfy my soul.
Could I ever find one man to satisfy my thirstiness? Is there any man in this world that understands and accepts me for who I am?
Hhhh.. I don’t know.
I just don’t know…
Enters a middle age man, looking funny, like a homeless, but also handsome, looks lost and hungry
Berdie: Excuse me, may I seat here?
Annie: (Looks uncomfortable because she’s by her self in the middle of the night and this guy looks a bit creepy, so she just want to be polite) Yeah.
Berdie: (Looks around her and try to observe her) Thank you. Young lady, I can see that you are really tired. Are you ok?
Annie: (Awkward situation starts kicking in)
Do.. do.. you have any food or water? I’m thirsty. – (John 4:7, NIV)
(Not sure what to do because it’s more creepy now… but she just follow her heart to give in) Umm.. here, it’s my last one. You can take it.
You are very nice. Thank you (Take the water from Annie and drinks it until finish – no sounds only the drinking sounds – so there’s a comical moment in this)
(After the drink finish, he tries to give the bottle back to Annie)
Here, I give it to you back. Thank you.
(Why is it more creepy right now, umm can I just leave?!)
Oh, no. Thank you. You can have it.
You are really nice lady. You should be smiling.
(Tries to smile to please him – she started to feel that there’s something about this guy that makes her at peace)
See? You are beautiful.
(err…) Thank you.
Oh, sorry, I haven’t introduced my self properly. Soo.. I am on my way to the South Street and I got lost, I thought I could take a rest a bit, tries to find food / water but all the shop is closed. Thank God I found you here! What is it your name, lady? (In this case, he doesn’t reveal him self until the end of the story, same like in John 4:4-26)
(errrr….) Uhm.. Annie.
Annie! What a beautiful name eh? You seemed to be really sad. What is it going on? It’s okay, you can trust me.
(ERRR…! maybe I should leave now? But why my heart telling me to stay?! This is weird…) Nothing, just life in general.
Young lady, I think I know what you exactly need.
(Curious) You do?
Yes, if you only knew the gift God has for you and whom you are speaking to, you would ask me and I would give you living water. – (John 4:10 (NLT))
What do you mean? Where would I get this living water? And besides, whom are you trying to speak with me about my problems?
Don’t get me wrong, Annie. I know how hard is it living in your shoes. I understand it completely, like an old man said, drink my water and you will never be thirsty again. (“For those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh bubbling spring within them, giving them an eternal life.” – John 4:14)
Please, sir. I need this water. So I could never be thirsty again! (with full of hope) – (John 4: 15, NLT)
(Looking at her eye) Go and get your husband. – (John 4:16, NLT)
(John 4: 17, NLT) – (errr… I don’t have a husband?! Step back) I don’t have a husband.
(John 4:18, NLT) (Wise) Hmm… yup, that’s right, You don’t have a husband. The fact that you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!
(Shock, in tears, what is this supposed to mean? Pulling out her self politely) (John 4:19, NLT) Sir, how do you know? You must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it a person like me doesn’t belong in church? People know me that I’m a whore – they keep saying that. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been trying really hard to step out of this life. I’ve been going to all churches in the world trying to seek redemption, but all churches is the same – once they know who I am, they condemned me and banned me for going to the church ever again. I am lost. I am really really lost.
(John 4:20, NLT) (Wise) Believe me, dear woman; the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain/park or in Jerusalem/the church. You seem to know very little about the one you worship, while the church / Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. – (Mark, I’m trying to fit the lines in the modern way but it seem a bit awkward, but the point is, it doesn’t matter if we worship God in church or outside of the church, we can worship Him anywhere)
But the time is coming – indeed it’s here right now – where true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. So no matter who you are, the church that condemned you doesn’t really know who you truly are, who you are actually belong to. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in Truth.
(John 4:25, NLT) I know Jesus is the Messiah – the one who is called Christ. I know He can heal my past and gave me a new life…. (Suddenly understand the meaning of Berdie’s living water and realize that Berdie is actually Jesus, who’s been with her the whole time, healing her heart and her past and really start to sinking in and she cries, touched by the grace of Jesus)
(Smiling, understand that she gets it – that she realize it) – (John 4:26, NLT)
Your sins are forgiven.
(Berdie/Jesus stands up, holds Annie’s hand, kisses her forehead and hugs her tightly and said, “I love you”. Annie still looks down, during I love you, Annie continues to sob more, tears of joy and freedom – Berdie walks out stage slowly in white gown and disappear to the audience – While the song of “Thank You Jesus” starts directly after Berdie hugs Annie – Annie stays on the stage sobbing in tears of joy and freedom – lights down on Annie and the lights now focus on the Singers, singing Thank You Jesus – while the audience can still hears Annie praying, and saying/mimicking/following the Singers, “Thank you Jesus, You set me free. Christ my Saviour, You rescued me.” She saying this in kneels down position as her grace and her thank you to God, to Jesus who saved her life and forgives her sins. Praying on her knees – just can’t believe what actually happened – but she believes it. She believes every word in her conversation with the man/ Jesus. Then the lights on Annie are off – and the focus now completely to the Singers – while the Singers asked the audience to stand up in the second verse and to sing along with them, praising God.)
“Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” – John 4:26 (NLT)”
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
– John 3:16-17 (NLT)