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002. An Angel Rescues Peter from Prison and Death

ZwPI8cfkAn Angel Rescues Peter from Prison and Death
About 5 minutes, from Acts 12:1-19.

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events, not to perform)
   Sarah
   John
   Angel
   Rhoda
   Prompter     Shout a brief line and Echoes repeat it.
   Echoes        Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Sarah

John! Listen! I’ve come from the temple with terrible news.
King Herod has had your brother James slain;
they ran him through with a sword.

John

Oh, no! Sarah! How could they?
My brother James! Oh! Why did they murder him?

Sarah

Herod did it to please the Jewish leaders that oppose us believers.

Prompter & Echoes

Wicked king!

Sarah

That is not all, John. Herod arrested Peter; he is in jail.
Herod will let a mob do the same to Peter as they did to James.

John

Oh, no! Rhoda, run and tell the disciples to gather and pray.

Prompter & Echoes

Quickly!

Rhoda

I hurry and bring the disciples.
We pray fervently for Peter’s release from jail.

Prompter & Echoes

Free him, Lord!

Rhoda

Sarah, now you’ve been to the temple again.
Did you hear anything new?

Sarah

Yes, and it is very, very bad; tonight Herod will bring Peter to trial.
It will be a farce.

Prompter & Echoes

A mock trial!

Peter

I am Peter. They have chained me between two soldiers,
and guards are watching the door;
Herod is taking no chances of my escape.
The night is long, and I am weary.

Prompter & Echoes

He falls asleep!

Peter

Hey! Who hit me on the side? A light is blinding me!
It must be an angel!

Angel

Get up quickly, Peter.

Peter

What is happening? The chains fall off my hands!

Angel

Quick! Get dressed. Put on your sandals. Now follow me.

Peter

Is it a dream? We pass by the guards; they are blind to our passing.
Oh! This heavy iron gate is opening all by itself!
We are in the street now, and the angel leaves me.
I come to my senses; I’m not dreaming! I really am out of jail!

Prompter & Echoes

Free!

Peter

I hurry to Mark’s mother’s house where the disciples are gathered.
I hear them praying for me.
I knock at the high gate but no one comes.
Hey! It is I! Peter!

Prompter & Echoes

Let me in!

Rhoda

My brothers, someone is pounding on the gate.

Sarah

It may be Herod’s soldiers, Rhoda. What shall we do?

Rhoda

Keep praying, Sarah. Listen. They keep knocking.
Someone had better go, or whoever it is might break the gate down.
I will go.

Prompter & Echoes

Let me in!

Rhoda

It is Peter! I’m so surprised by joy that I forget to open the gate;
I run back in to announce that Peter is standing out in front!

Sarah

You are out of your mind, girl!

Rhoda

No, no, Sarah! It’s true. It is Peter.

Sarah

It’s his spirit. A ghost! They have killed him.

Rhoda

No. It’s Peter. Listen. He is still pounding!

Peter

Well, they finally let me in, and they rejoice.

Prompter & Echoes

God heard our prayers!

Rhoda

Sarah, you went to the temple again this morning.
What is happening now?

Sarah

There is a huge stir among the soldiers due to Peter’s escape.
Herod had his soldiers execute Peter’s guards.
Now they are searching for Peter everywhere.

Prompter & Echoes

Guard him, Lord!

Peter

By God’s grace, several days pass and they have not found me.
Sarah brings the latest news from the temple.

Sarah

Herod was wearing his royal robes to address the people
and they kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”

Prompter & Echoes

Voice of a god!

Sarah

An angel of the Lord struck Herod because he did not
give God the glory. It was gruesome!
Worms grew in him, and he died a ghastly death.

Rhoda

We believers keep multiplying, in spite of every effort
by the authorities to stop us.

Prompter & Echoes

We still multiply today!