Summary: Two angels discuss Christ’s coming as a baby in Bethlehem.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 8min
A1: (Excitedly) It’s here! It’s here! The time has come at last! It’s finally going to happen!
A2: What is? What’s going to happen?
A1: What the prophets have been telling the humans for hundreds of years. It’s all about to come true!
A2: About the Son you mean? About Him going down to earth?
A1: Yes, yes, of course. Oh, I’m so excited – and we’ll have our part to play, you mark my words.
A2: So He’s really going to go? We’d better prepare them. This is going to knock them for six.
A1: Well they’ve been waiting for it to happen for years so they should be ready really.
A2: Yes, but they always get the wrong end of the stick, don’t they – you never know with humans; but then, of course, when they see Him, they’ll know, won’t they?
A1: How do you mean?
A2: Well, when He appears in all His glory, there’ll be no doubt about who He is, will there?
A1: I’m not so sure – you see, He’s not going to appear in all His glory.
A2: Oh, I get it - He’s going to go incognito at first and then whip off His disguise and say ‘Ta da!’
A2: What then?
A1: He’s going to become one of them.
A2: A human? No, He can’t – surely – how will people know who He is?
A1: It might take a bit of time.
A2: So He’s going to become one of them for a bit and then reveal who He really is?
A1: For 33 years actually.
A2: Thirty three years? How’s He going to do that then?
A1: He’s going to do the whole human thing – so He’ll experience everything what they do.
A2: Oh, no! He doesn’t deserve that! Where will He start?
A1: He’ll be born as a baby.
A2: A baby? But what about His majesty and His glory?
A1: All left behind - here.
A2: Well at least He'll be born in a palace somewhere I expect.
A2: Where then?
A1: In a stable.
A2: A stable? A stable where animals are kept? You must be joking! How come?
A1: Well you know how humans often like to count things?
A2: Like their money you mean? Why can’t they see that that won’t last for ever?
A1: Well this time they’ll be counting people and everyone will have to travel to the place where they originated from so that they can be counted.
A2: Whatever for?
A1: Who knows – but it means that Mary – that’s who’s going to be His mother – will have to travel away from home just at the time when He’s going to be born and there’ll be so many people that they won’t be able to find a decent place to stay.
A2: And this Mary – surely she’ll be someone important – after all, she’ll be giving birth to a king.
A1: No, she’s just an ordinary girl – engaged to a carpenter actually.
A2: Does she know who she’s giving birth to?
A1: Well Gabriel has been to tell her, but Joseph, who’s she’s engaged to, is going to take a bit of persuading.
A2: I bet he is!.....................So let me get this straight - will anybody know just who this baby is? I mean, won’t there be any trumpets heralding His birth – any national celebrations, any parties in the streets? I’ll just be bursting to tell everyone just who has just landed on earth.
A1: I’m glad you’ve said that because quite a few of us will be appearing in the night sky to tell some people about His birth, and you’re included.
A2: Yipee! About time too! So we’ll be going to the main leaders, kings, rulers and so on?
A1: Not exactly. It’ll be to some shepherds looking after their sheep.
A2: What? What have they done to deserve such an honour?
A1: Well, He Himself will be a shepherd to people – to lead them in the right way, so that’ll be quite fitting really.
A2: So just shepherds – no kings, no rulers, no important people?
A1: You haven’t got the hang of this have you? There aren’t any favourites with our God – everyone from the least to the greatest is loved just as much by Him.
A2: (sulkily) So no kings then?
A1: Well you might be surprised to hear that some wise men from the east will be coming later to find Him – because at least they recognize His royal status and they will be going to worship Him and will take costly gifts to present to Him.
A2: Well, thank goodness for that! (Pause) By the way – I forgot to ask – just exactly why is He putting Himself through all this?
A1: Don’t you remember what the prophet Isaiah said? He’s going to be despised and rejected by men, oppressed and afflicted and He is going to bear their sins.
A2: Oh, He really does love them, doesn’t He? Let’s get going to those shepherds – they need to know that a Saviour is coming to them and they can be the first to welcome Him.
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