Jesus Outside the Walls (a short play for children)

(Inside a Sunday School room, three children, approx. 8 or 9 years old, hurry to finish their coloring page before going outside to play. A teacher sits quietly on the other side of the room.)

 

Man, I can’t believe Miss Beasley won’t let us go outside until we finish our coloring.

 

She can’t help it you’re a slow colorerer – uh, colo-rerer (fumbles with the word)…she can’t help it you stink at coloring!

 

I do not stink, and I’m not slow! (Proudly) I am an artiste!

 

You don’t even know what that means.

 

(Humbly) Yeah, I know.  But it’s what my dad said when mom hollered at him for painting their bedroom all funky colors.

 

(From across the table) Done!  Miss Beasley? Miss Beasley?!

 

Yes, Daniel?

 

I’m finished, can I go outside to play?

 

Do you remember today’s verse?

 

(Proudly) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

Well done.  Now, go outside and tell some of your classmates about Jesus and the wonderful things He has done for you and your family, and remind them that we should always obey Him.  Remember, we don’t want to keep Jesus just inside these walls

 

(Excitedly) Yes, ma’am! (He leaves the room; Miss Beasley returns to her seat.)

 

(Remaining children get up and race to the “window”) Let’s watch and see if he actually does it, or if he falls flat on his face on the way to the jungle gym.

 

(Both recoil with pained expressions)  Told you so.  Tripped right over Mary Jean’s jump rope.

 

(Walking back to their desks)  You know that’s gonna leave a bruise.

 

How does he even run with those big ol’ feet of his, anyway?

 

Hey, can you tell people about Jesus, even after we leave this room?

                                                              

(Shocked) Are you kidding?  My mom says I’m natural born salesman, just like my daddy.  She says he could sell a rain gauge to the devil, whatever that means.

 

I don’t know if I can.  Some of my friends say they don’t believe in Jesus.  I’m afraid they might laugh at me.

 

(Incredulously) Who doesn’t believe in Jesus?  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t believe in Jesus, but if I met someone who didn’t believe in Him, I’d tell them He’s real because Pastor Tommy said so, and I think he’s read the whole Bible!  At least the parts about Jesus.  (Back to the task at hand.)  Woo hoo!  I’m finally done.  Miss Beasley?  Miss Beasley?!

 

(She pokes her head in the door)  Yes, Sarah?

 

I’m finished, can I go outside to play?

 

Do you remember today’s verse?

 

(Proudly) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

Okay. Now I want you to go outside and tell some of your classmates about Jesus and the wonderful things He has done for you and your family.  And don’t forget to remind them that we should always obey Him.

 

Oh, I’ll make sure they do, all right.

 

(She heads out the door and Miss Beasley is about to close it when Michael stops her.)  Miss Beasley?


Yes, Michael?

 

I don’t know if I can tell other people about Jesus.

 

Why not?

 

I’m kinda scared.  What if they tell me they don’t believe in Him, or that He’s not real?

 

Well, you just tell them that you know He’s real, because God says so in the Bible.  (Pauses, reflectively.)  Say, why don’t you pretend you’re Pastor Tommy?

 

Pretend?

 

Sure!  Pretending is just like acting during Story Time.  You like to act, don’t you?

                                                           

Yes, ma’am, but what I really want to do is direct.

 

(Shoots him a double-take, but shakes it off.)  What I mean is, pretend that you’re Pastor Tommy on Sunday morning.  Just use that same confidence he has when he talks about Jesus, and pretty soon you’ll be doing it all by yourself.

 

Yeah, maybe I can do it that way.  Thanks, Miss Beasley.  Can I go outside now, too?

 

What’s the magic word?

 

(Proudly) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20

 

Well, I was hoping for ‘please,’ but that’s even better!

 

 

THE END

 

 

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