Here are two different versions of the Nicodemus story. "Nicodemus and Jesus" is easier to stage, as it just involves a narrator and two people miming actions. "Nicodemus and the Secret Rendezvous" has spoken parts for Nicodemus and Jesus, so will involve more preparation. Both are fun and can work well in an all-age setting.


Extract from "Nicodemus and Jesus":

Once upon a time there was a man called Nicodemus,
Nicodemus walks on, sees the audience and waves happily.

he was a rather proud man,
He suddenly realises and changes to being upright and haughty, nose in the air.

but he was kind and caring too.
Changes back to being happy and waving again.

Now Nicodemus was also – scared.
He bites his nails and looks terrified, knees knocking.

He was scared of many things – bats…
Nicodemus looks up, sees a bat and ducks, hands over head.

fleas…
He straightens and slaps the back of his neck.

mice…
He looks at the floor, looks terrified and hugs himself and stands on one leg.

and… God.
He looks up sharply, and backs up as if against a wall .

You see – Nicodemus was an important religious man – so he feared God – and respected him,
He looks up, bows his head solemnly and puts his hands together in prayer...


Extract from "Nicodemus and the Secret Rendezvous"

Narrator:      Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum and then onto Jerusalem for the Passover feast. In the city Jesus performed several miraculous signs, and some of the local people began to believe in him. Word soon spread and, intrigued, one of the Pharisees asked to meet him secretly. So, late one evening, Nicodemus hovered in a back street, waiting in the shadows. When he heard footsteps he stepped out into the fading light.

Nicodemus walks on, looking nervous. Jesus walks on after him, looking confident.

Jesus:    (Happily) Ah Nicodemus! Hello – it’s me - Jesus!
Nicodemus:    Shhh! I mean... hello, how are you doing?
Jesus:    Fine, I heard you were looking for me.
Nicodemus:    Yes. I er... I... I’d like a few words with you.
Jesus:    Okay, Nicodemus, fire away...
Nicodemus:    Actually you couldn’t keep your voice down a little, could you... possibly... It’s not that I’m ashamed or anything... I just... well...
Jesus:    Yes?
Nicodemus:    Well, I... anyway, what I want to know is... well, we’ve seen you do all these amazing things, you know miracles and the like. And you’re pretty good at flooring us Pharisees whenever we open our mouths. So er... well it looks very much to me as if you must have come from...  you know.

(Nicodemus points up. Jesus follows his extended finger.)

Jesus:    Where? From up there?
Nicodemus:    Well yes, no, not literally there, but higher, you know in the spiritual sense, from heaven. You know... God’s kingdom and all that...


For the complete scripts, sign in or sign up and download from above/right.