Summary: A short monologue about the leap of faith that Joseph had to make when he took Mary as his wife.
Style: Drama.  Duration: 4min
Scripture: Matthew 1: 18-24
Actors: 1M

Characters: Joseph

(Joseph walks onto an empty stage. Paces for a moment. Stops. Addresses audience.)

Joseph: What would you do with a sinner?

Picture this...You love someone, you really love someone...Then the news comes...The person you thought you knew, the person you thought that God had placed into your life, the person you were going to marry...(pause, begin pacing once again.)

The betrayal was hard...I couldn't sleep after I heard about it...What could I say? What could I do? Mary disgraced me...she disgraced our vows, and she disgraced herself before God...How could she do such a thing?

What would you do with an adultress?

I couldn't disgrace her...No! I couldn't allow that. She sinned...true...the child will be proof of that. However, God is merciful and we must be the same...But what should I do? What's that? (looking out to the audience) A quiet divorce? Hmmm...Yes...A quiet divorce....


Yesterday, I would have agreed with you. Yesterday, I would have divorced her. You can understand why I would think that way about Mary, can't you? (pause) Today, I thank God for sending the Angel. It was a dream, but the message was clear. The child was conceived by the Holy Spirit...His name is to be Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Oh, you don't know how long our people have we have longed for the Messiah to come...To think that I am a only a humble carpenter, but I will hold the Messiah in my hands...Yes, I Joseph!

(Shaking head) Who can know the ways of the Lord?

Now I must continue on my journey. I must be obedient. I must take Mary home to be my wife. May the Lord bless you as much as he has blessed me.
(c)2009 Kelvin Bueckert. This script is free to use for non-commercial purposes provided that the author is credited and notified of each performance date. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .A link to somewhere on the printed material would be appreciated, but is not a requirement :)