Devil: I want them all dead
Jesus: Why do you hate my children so much?
Devil: I don't hate them, I couldn't care less about them.
Jesus: Then why all the anger, why bring them into it at all?
Devil: Because I know you love them... And after you threw us out of heaven, because I'm not good enough for you anymore, I can't get at you! Ugh, you make me so ... So .... There just isn't a word for it...
Jesus: But you didn't like heaven... You didn't like the way things were...
Devil: I didn't like you! Don't start this again.
Jesus: Yeah... We've been around this once or twice
Devil: And we'll do it again with the humans. Just because you think they are special, and look like you, and talk with you... Doesn't mean they want to be with you. They are mine.
Jesus: But you said you don't even hate them.
Devil: Ahh, yes, but you love them - don't you
Jesus: I do.
Devil: Just you wait... give me a while and I won't have to kill them, they'll start killing themselves, and soon, they'll be so scared that I'll be able to even pretend to be you, and then... Then they will worship me, and my ideas... They will, not you, me!
Devil: What? Pause.... You've got that look again...
Jesus: It's me you want.
Devil: Like that's going to ever happen...
Devil... You wouldn't.
Jesus: I would.
Devil: You'd give yourself over to me... You'd die... Like really die... Dead... Gone...
Jesus: For my children yes... And if they wanted, they could have my life - if they chose my way, heaven, you give them back.
Devil (irritated and not making sense): I don't want you dead.
Jesus: after all this... You don't want me dead?
Jesus: what do you want
Devil: I want your life. I want you to worship me, I want you to tell me I'm right, and that you are unfair! Your worship - just once... Bend the knee.
Jesus: I can't do that...
Devil: Why... It'd be easier, I'd only make you do it once. Just once, tell me I'm right... And that I'm worthy
Jesus: It'd be impossible... You couldn't hold this whole thing together for a second.
Devil: You think you're the only one... I hate you... I... I....ugh... There are NO words! Pause... Then I want you dead, and I'll make you suffer.... I mean really suffer... I 'll make you cringe, and cry out for help, I will make you helpless... The king of the universe, helpless... Dying... I'll leave you hanging... I'll do it publicly... For everyone to see, and I'll dance on your grave!!
Silence.... Jesus is dead as he leaves the stage (on a cross? carried out?)
Devil: Ha... I win, I win! Dances a little bit... (Badly!). He's dead...
Music builds... Dry ice comes out from where Jesus left... And Jesus comes back..
Devil: no, no, no... Not fair... I killed you! That is so not fair.... Cheater! You... You ... You... Cheated... You... Ugh... There are no words....
Jesus: you know... I don't know what it was, but it turns put, I just couldn't stay dead - anymore than you'd be able to create life. (Music trumps!)
Devil: runs out into crowd, grabs a person... "This one is mine... You cheated, I'll kill this one....
Jesus OK, but I've beaten death now... You kill them, if they choose me, I'll just raise 'em back up! To the person: Choose me, today, right here, and right now... I can't promise you a easy life, this guy here will see to that, which I'm sorry for, it's not you he's mad at, it's me... But if you trust me, and believe in what I have done, and am doing for you every day... No matter what happens, I will bring you to live with me, and I will live with you.... - - And we'll have the best candy... better than anything here... Hey, I'll make this tree, with 12 different kinds of candy!!!! A different candy every month - and it won't rot your teeth even!
Devil: Hey... NOT fair.... No!
Jesus: It's up to you.
Happy/Inspirational music.... Both Jesus and the devil, vying for attention (in their own ways) as the lights go out.
Announcer: thank you for coming.
This is a small skit/play at the end of our Great Controversy Walk Thru, in Mariposa, California. We are putting this on outside the church on Halloween night - and inviting people who are out trick or treating (the main route goes right past our property) to come into a Garden of Eden. There kids can have any chocolate they can find - just not the one on the tree in the middle, which just so happens to have a talking snake in it. Then a replica of the Holy Place furniture with a High Priest describing what's going on there... then the above skit, then we'll hand out books and more candy - all with a devil and an angel up on some scaffolding trying to get people to do certain things.
I love the concept, and am so excited to be part of something sharing so much truth in such a fun way. Some of the congregation are nervous... (I am a bit youth pastorish for them sometimes I think) and I've invited them to view the script above, giving the suggestions for additions, subtractions - or a whole new skit.