NARRATOR: The date is zero A.D. Technology of this time is more advanced than we realised. Here we are at the royal palace of King Herod in Judea. King Herodís
scribe is downloading his latest email on his Pentium 3 computer.
(Scribe is sat to the right of stage at computer.)
SCRIBE: An email has just arrived for you from three wise men, who are travelling to Judea from the East, Your Highness.
HEROD: Well come on then .Read it out to me . What are you waiting for?
SCRIBE: It says:-
Wonderful Counsellor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father Prince of Peace.
HEROD: Well, well Scribe. I do like it when I receive complementary emails from my subjects. I am treated well. Why only last week I received over 100 electronic birthday cards from all over cyberspace.
SCRIBE: (speaking hesitantly and rather fearfully)
Uuumm uummm, there is more.
HEROD: Yes. Yes. Scribe. Come on out with it, honestly you just canít get the staff these days !!
SCRIBE: Well actually. Your Highness. Although it is addressed to you at email@example.com it is not actually referring to you at all, Iím afraidÖÖÖ
HEROD: What do you mean scribe ?
SCRIBE: Itís referring to the coming of a new Messiah. A new King of Israel. Someone who will bring peace and goodwill to all men.
HEROD: Never! Never! Never !( stamps his feet in temper .)
Where is this new king? I cannot have my position as ruler threatened by anyone you must find out where this new Messiah is at once. I will go and kill him. Search the whole of the world wide web donít leave any connection in Cyberspace unopened. I must find him whatever the cost!
(Herod leaves stage in a mad fury scribe sits at computer frantically tapping at
ALL SING A CAROL.
(Herod stays off stage and returns once carol has finished. Scribe stays at
King Herod returns with some of his soldiers to find out if the scribe has any
more information on the Messiah.
HEROD: Well scribe! What have you found?
SCRIBE: I think I have found a link to the new Messiah. This web site has a video clip.
The video clip shows Zechariah praying to God.
ANGEL: Donít be afraid Zechariah. God has heard your prayer. Your wife Elizabeth will have a son. You are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you and great in the eyes of God. He will prepare peoples hearts for the coming of the Lord.
ZECHARIAH: How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is not so young as she used to be.
ANGEL: I am the Angel Gabriel and I stand in the presence of God. I have been sent to speak to you and tell you this Good News.
(Zechariah and the angel leave stage.)
HEROD: Thatís enough of that. Didnít you hear what that angel said? His name is John and he has been sent to prepare the way for the Messiah. So he is not the Messiah but he may lead us to a clue as to the whereabouts of this Messiah.
SCRIBE: Hang on your Majesty there is a hyperlink we can jump to. Bear with me one moment.
HEROD: Hyperlink! What are you talking about? Donít speak like a geek. Who do you think you are, Bill! Just get working and send out a message to all my local area network. I want to find this person Zechariah. He will lead me to the Messiah.
SCRIBE: Aaahh. Here you are Your Highness, look at this( He says triumphantly pointing at the screen.)
Enter Mary and Elizabeth.
Mary and Elizabeth embrace each other and share their good news
ELIZABETH: Oh Mary. I am to have a child. Zacheriah had a vision and it has come true. I am to call him John. But your baby is very special, god has blessed him.
MARY: Oh dearest Elizabeth. My loving sister. I am so pleased for you after all these years. Yes god has given me a baby. He is to be called Jesus and he will be Godís son. This was what the angel told me. God will make him king. Oh Elizabeth Iím so happy.
Mary sings an appropriate song.
Video clip finishes
HEROD: Bingo! We have found that king. Get the soldiers ready. We need to find Mary and her son and be rid of them. I cannot put my position as ruler of Judea at risk. Scribe for once in your life you have achieved something. Keep searching. Lets see what else you can come up with.
(All leave stage except scribe who stays at computer.)
All sing a carol. (optional)
DOTCOM: Iím shattered . Worn out. Days and days we have travelled through this desert. This is the first cybercafe we have seen for a month.
I need to check my mail and recharge my mobiles battery.
DOCTOM: We have a message on our hotmail. Itís from King Herod.
WINDING: Baa technology! Why in my day it was pigeon post, telegram, royal mail, snail mail, fax or courier. Nowadays you just press a few buttons and it is all done for you.. Things can only get worse!
DOTCOM: Stop arguing you two. That was King Herod himself. He received our e-mail and wants us to keep him informed. As soon as we have found the Messiah we must let him know. He wants to meet this new Messiah too.
WINGDING: Right. Come on you two. Letís be on out way.Young people today they just have no stamina whatsoever. Letís be on our way . We must find this new king without delay.
Herod returns to his scribe at the computer for the latest news.
HEROD: Well scribe ( scribe turns around in fear )
Anyway scribe . Have you found anything else for me, or shall I just dispense with you altogether.
SCRIBE: uuumm uuumm (Banging at keyboard.)
HEROD: Come on. What have you got for me ?
SCRIBE: Sorry sir . Must be a server problem.
Aahh No. Here we are. (Breathes a sigh of relief. )
Scribe reads out the message while it also shows on the OHP
The message reads sir
ďReports are just coming in that shepherds have abandoned their sheep in the
fields around Bethlehem. Rumour has it, although, there is no official
confirmation at present, that they are searching for a new Messiah. Bethlehem is of
course already packed with people who have arrived to sign up for the census.Ē
HEROD: Bethlehem it is then. That is where the three wise men were heading. But hang on . Check on my world reference atlas CD ROM . Iím sure that there are no Palaces in Bethlehem. That canít be right. Surely a new King would be born in a more grand location.
Still. Book me in a first class hotel in Bethlehem with last minute dot com. I need to be off first thing in the morning. Tell the servants to pack my bags and prepare my chariot.
(Herod and scribe leave stage and go to back of church. Shepherds and sheep enter
We now join the shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem, it is night time and they are with their flocks.
1ST SHEPHERD: That message from the Angel Gabriel was just truly amazing. I wonder why God told us, shepherds?.
2ND SHEPHERD: Yes I was terrified. But then when the angel said not to be afraid and that he bought good news, I felt a strange presence and so calm and peaceful. The singing of the angelic hosts was out of this world.
1ST SHEPHERD: I know what you mean. Have you noticed though. There are lots of other shepherds heading the same way. Maybe they too saw the angels.
2ND SHEPHERD Look I can see some lights further ahead. We canít be far now.
1ST SHEPHERD: Did you manage to make a room booking for us with Last Minute dot com on your wap phone?
2ND SHEPHERD: Yes I did. It is a good thing I booked when I did as there are no vacancies in Bethlehem now. We donít want to end up sleeping in a stable. Now do we?
All sing a carol.
(Whilst carol is being sung shepherds leave stage. Mary and Joseph enter stage with baby Jesus in a manger.)
The technology and computer wizardry in the time of the Roman Empire was
incredible, far more advanced than we first thought, but the
scene in the stable at Bethlehem is rather basic.
1st SHEPHERD: My goodness, what the angel Gabriel said was true. Our Saviour was born in a stable!
2ND SHEPHERD: And to think we have seen him with our own eyes, us lowly shepherds. Why would God invite us?
Young chi1dren arrive carrying gifts for the baby Jesus.
(Youngest children enter stage and lay down their gifts (parcels wrapped) for the
baby Jesus. Children sing song. All leave stage when song finishes.)
Enter three wise men, carrying gifts.
WINGDING: Of course it is. Look there is the bright star which we have been following. It has stopped right over this stable. You young people today are soft. In my dayÖÖ.
AND DOTCOM Yes. We have heard it all before.
All turn and look around in wonder. Fall to their knees and worship Jesus. They
then come forward and give their gifts of gold frankincense and myrrh.
DOTCOM: I bring you frankincense. It is the best I have to offer.
WINGDING: I bring you Myrrh.
JOSEPH: Have you travelled far?
WINGDING: We have travelled from the east following a bright star.
DOTCOM: Why Iím not sure I like the sound of that. We should head back another way and cover our tracks.
Wise men bow once again before Jesus in stable and leave hurriedly
Herod arrives from the back of church with several soldiers.
So the wise men left the baby Jesus and returned to their home country by
another route. Meanwhile Herod and his soldiers were approaching the stable.
HEROD Are you sure we are at the right place. This is not a palace fit for a king. Itís only a stable.
Herod walks up to stage but sees no point in entering the stable. He rolls his eyes and turns in despair!
HEROD: The Wise men have tricked me. They must have gone in the other direction. See if you can trace them for me scribe. Try asking goggle or try Judeaonline. No point staying here. Iím wasting my time. There is work to do now.
With that Herod leaves the stage followed by his soldiers.
ANGEL All this took place to fulfil what god had said through the prophet.
GABRIEL A Saviour has been born to you today in Bethlehem. He is Christ the Son of God. The one who will save us. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill to all men.
Jesus was described by the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before as, ďWonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. And just as that story was true then so it is for all those who know Jesus Christ as their Saviour. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son Jesus Christ. So that who ever believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
We will now singÖÖÖ.