Young Man: My Dad owns all this! Like wow! I'm rich!
(In regular clothes but wearing a red, Christmassy hat; standing on stage facing audience, he spreads arms out wide encompassing whole audience...)
Friend 1: Yeah! Let's party!
Friend 2: Bring the snacks and drinks!
Friend 3: Break out the Practical Grammar.
(choose any difficult task that the majority of the audience can identify with)
Young Man: Yes, man! Big exam tomorrow!
Friend 4: Got to read through all that stuff!
Friend 1: And understand it!
Friend 2: No doubt!
Friend 3: And remember it!
Young Man: Not that it'll be much help in running a big farm like this, though!
Friend 4: Never mind; pass your exams and...
Friend 1: You're all set for a cushy life on easy street!
Young Man: That's cool, but I can hear Las Vegas calling tonight already!
(Cups ear and inclines head towards imaginary call, shading eyes from the bright lights)
Friend 2: A few more study parties like this one;
Friend 3: And you'll be in Las Vegas Casino by winter break!
Friend 1: Poker, Backgammon and Roulette... Yeah!
Young Man: ...But Dad, I did study! Study group every night!
Dad: Hmmm...Yes, I know about those 'study' parties!
(Dad is dressed much like Father Christmas)
Young Man: You know I've always wanted to travel and see the world, Dad?
Dad: But, all you could want is right here, son!
Young Man: I know Dad, thanks, but my older brother can look after the farm and...
(They wave to the older brother as he goes about his work)
Dad: What is it?
Young Man: Well, I'm the youngest son, and my part of the farm is coming to me...
Young Man: Give me what's mine in cash... and I'm gone!
Dad: It's a hard road you've chosen, son.
(holding out a check sadly)
Young Man: Whoopee! Vegas, Here I come!
(Snatches check and runs off stage)
Young Man plus Three Friends: Wine, women and song; Wine women and song... Money!
(Walk drunk on stage; dance in a ring and chant. On 'Money' they throw up handfuls of cash and the three friends exit leaving the young man to sleep it off.)
Young Man: (All alone; staggers up; walks worriedly in a circle)
My Cash is gone!
Young Man: Best job I could get was feeding these pigs!
(pours bucket of pigswill into pigsty)
Young Man: They sure eat well!
Young Man: (Kicks out at one)
Give me some, you big porker!
Young Man: On my Dad's farm, even the employees eat well. I'm going back!
(Looks out and sees boy while still a long way off.)
That... my Boy!
(Runs to him. Hugs and removes his coat and throws it over young man's shoulders)
Young Man: Sorry Dad! My Bad!
Dad: Now its really Party time!
(Dad, young man and employees gather in a bunch and talk excitedly)
(Walking to one side of the welcoming party)
Huh! I suppose he'll want his share of what's left of the farm all over again now!
Dad: (Walking over to older brother)
Come on son, join in the party! Your brother was as good as dead, but now he's alive!
Older Brother: Huh! When did you ever throw a party for me?
Dad: All I have is yours!
(Moves back towards the party)
Older Brother: (Picks up empty two liter plastic bottle)
But, I'm not sure you even exist!
(Older Brother rushes his Dad, who turns, arms ready to hug son, as older brother hits Dad over the head with the bottle.
Farm employees catch Dad as he falls backward, arms spread wide, as if crucified. Party freezes in horror and amazement, looking at Dad.
He stands up and they all gather at centre of stage)
Cast Chorus: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
Dad: shall not perish but have eternal life.
Young Man: This is the verdict, light has come into the world,
Older Brother: but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:16,19 (NIV)
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