The First Followers of Jesus - dramatic reading

Written By:
Dave Hopwood
Bible Refs: John 1:29-51
Lectionary Weeks: Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)

This is a dialogue version of the Bible passage about the calling of the first disciples. It begins with John the Baptist, and then continues with Peter, Andrew, Simon and Nathanael. A kind of simple dramatisation of the Bible reading, with no need to learn the words. You could cut it down to just focus on one or two characters.

Extract from the script:

John was still busy preaching and baptising, and when he saw Jesus, returning from the wilderness, he pointed him out to the crowds.

There! You see that man over there – you’re looking at the Lamb of God – the sacrifice who will take away the sins of the world once and for all. When I baptised him I saw heaven open and God’s Holy Spirit descend upon him. This is no ordinary man – I am baptising people with simple, cold water – he will baptise you with the complex fire of God. This man is greater than I will ever be – because although he appears after me – in reality he was before me.

The people demanded to know if John himself was the Messiah they had been waiting for, but he told them plainly:

I am simply the one to point the way. I am a signpost in the wilderness, that’s all.

John had his own band of loyal followers, and when he spotted Jesus the next day and pointed him out once more they decided to act.

Look! There he is again – the Lamb of God. Take note. I promise you I will soon disappear but this man will rise up and affect everyone...

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Dave is an author and speaker who loves communicating the Bible using contemporary media, humour, illustrations and stories. He is author of several books retelling the Bible including The Groovy Gospel, The Bloke’s Bible, and Film & Faith. He goes out speaking by invitation and regularly publishes ideas and material via his website:

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