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019. Jesus’ Kindness Leads Greedy Zacheus to Repent


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About 2 minutes, from Luke 19: 1-10

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

Observer

Look! Isn’t that Jesus of Nazareth? He’s coming into Jericho.
Come. Let’s see what that famous rabbi is doing here.

Prompter & Echoes

A crowd quickly gathers.

Observer

Oh! Here comes Zacheus; the richest guy in town,
and the shortest.
Why does such a sneaky, stingy sinner want to see a holy prophet?

Prompter & Echoes

Sneaky and stingy!

Zacheus

I can’t see Jesus! Too many people! I’m too short!

Observer

That’s just as well, Zacheus. You have no place with Jesus!
You’re boss of the tax collectors that serve the Roman invaders.
You cheat us. You charge us more than what we owe.

Zacheus

Yeah? Prove it!
I can’t see Jesus because of this crowd around him.
I’ll run ahead and climb that sycamore tree
to watch as He passes below.

Prompter & Echoes

He climbs up!

Zacheus

Oh, oh! Jesus has stopped below me. He’s looking up!
He sees me!

Voice

Zacheus, hurry and come down.
Today I must stay at your house.

Zacheus

Who, me? You sure you got the right man? Amazing!
Okay, I’m coming.

Observer

Why does Jesus bother with that little cheater?
How can a truly holy person associate with such a scoundrel!

Prompter & Echoes

Lowlife!

Observer

Well! He has done it!
Jesus is the guest of a foul, treasonous sinner! Ha!

Zacheus

Lord Jesus, half of my possessions I will give to the poor,
and if I have defrauded anyone of anything,
I will give back four times as much.

Voice

Today salvation has come to this house,
because the Son of Man comes to seek and save
those who were lost.

Prompter & Echoes

Angels are rejoicing in glory!