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014. Jesus Tells Peter How Many Times to Forgive

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About 5 minutes, from Matt 18; John 18

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events, not to perform)
   Peter
   Voice (of Jesus)
   King
   Rich slave
   Prompter        Shout a brief line, and Echoes repeat it.
   Echoes           Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script

Peter

How will I ever forget that shameful night when I denied Jesus?
Now he has risen from the dead.
How I yearn for him to forgive me!

Prompter & Echoes

Peter is miserable!

Peter

What made me realize how despicably I had behaved?
Not a scolding by a judge. Not a sermon. Not Scripture.
It was not even words. It was a bird! A stupid bird! A rooster!

Prompter & Echoes

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Peter

Jesus warned me that I would deny him before the rooster crowed,
and I did. So I have given up hope.
I return to my fishing boat and take the other disciples
out on the Sea of Galilee.

Prompter & Echoes

Hopeless!

Peter

We fish all night and catch nothing.
We row back to shore, and there is Jesus, waiting!
I fear what he will say to me. But there is no rebuke;
he does not shame me, even though I’d denied him!

Prompter & Echoes

Three times!

Peter

Jesus simply asks if I love him ̶ three times!
After each time he tells me the same thing.

Prompter & Echoes

Feed my sheep.

Peter

Oh, how those blessed words of assurance echo in my soul!

Prompter & Echoes

Wonderful forgiveness!

Peter

Once I asked Jesus how often shall my brother sin against me
and I forgive him. “Up to seven times?”

Voice

Not up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Prompter & Echoes

490 times!

Peter

Jesus then explained this with a parable.

Voice

The kingdom of heaven is like a king
who wished to settle accounts with his slaves,
some of whom were very wealthy.

King

Slave, you have grown rich in my service.
Now, my accountant says you owe me a huge sum of money.
Pay me. Now!

Rich slave

But I do not have the money to repay you, master.

King

Very well. You will be sold, along with your wife,
children, and all that you own, to make repayment.

Rich slave

Mercy! Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.

Prompter & Echoes

Have mercy!

King

Well, I do feel a bit of compassion. I forgive your debt. Go in peace.

Voice

But that slave goes out and finds a fellow slave
who owes him a much smaller amount of money,
and he seizes the poor man and begins to choke him.

Rich slave

Pay back what you owe.

Prompter & Echoes

Pay me!

Peter

The poor debtor falls at the feet of the rich slave
and beseeches him for mercy.
He begs the man to have patience,
and promises to repay his debt.

Rich slave

Get up off the ground and pay me now!

Voice

The wealthy slave has the poor slave thrown into prison
until he pays back all that he owed.
The poor man’s fellow slaves hear what happened;
they are grieved, and report it to the king.

King

Now, this makes me angry. Captain, summon that wicked slave!

Peter

That slave looks pleased with himself, as he comes before the king.

King

You wicked hypocrite!
I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave,
in the same way that I had mercy on you?

Voice

The king hands him over to be tortured until he pays all that he owes. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you,
if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.

Peter

Oh, what an admonition to forgive!

Prompter & Echoes

A stern warning!