500. Lesson of the widow's mite


The widow's offering was worth a lot more to God than what the rich man gave. 

‘Listen’, Jesus says, ‘The poor woman put much more in the temple treasury than the rich man.’
The disciples look at each other in confusion. Surely the woman had given next to nothing?
‘The rich man gave from what he did not need’ Jesus says.

‘He gave from the enormous amount he had, from his abundance. Even though he gave a lot, he still has lots left for himself. ’‘But that poor widow’, Jesus continues, ‘She gave everything she had.’
The disciples look at each other. Indeed, that woman gave everything. She has nothing left. She loves God so much that she wanted to give Him everything.

God notices those who give to Him with a pure heart.

widow coins in hand

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498. John the Baptist


A Bible story about the ministry of John the Baptist

If someone wants to give you a message, what's the best way of doing it? Telephone? E-mail? Write a letter? If you didn't have any of those, how would you tell someone the message? Yes - go and tell them yourself! Before Jesus came, there was a special messenger. He was Jesus' cousin!

Have any of you got any cousins? Did you know Jesus had a cousin? He was just a few months older than Jesus, and his name was John. Lots of people are called John nowadays, aren't they? (It's the English version of Yohanan, which means God is Gracious). John was God's special messenger. In fact, God told his Mum and Dad before he was born that this boy would be very important - he would prepare the way for people to believe in Jesus.

As John grew up he realised he had a special job to do. His Dad Zechariah had been given strict instructions by the Angel Gabriel about how he was to bring John up.

Brooklyn Museum Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees Saint Jean Baptiste et les pharisiens James Tissot overall

Scripture reference

Matthew 3 / Luke 1

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497. The power of words


It is a beautiful day and I can't see it!

Change your words - change your world

If you are looking at the story of Bartimaeus, you can show children aged from 8 years old this film. 

The film is a good starting point for a conversation! It will challenge children to think about what they can do if they see people living on the streets, or begging, whether it be in their home town, or when they are on holiday. Friendly,words may mean a lot more than just giving money.

Luke 18:35-43, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 20:29-34



 

Scripture reference: Luke 18:35-43, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 20:29-34
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486. The Bible story of Zacchaeus


“Zacchaeus,” says Jesus, ”Come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.”

Ask the children if they know what a tax collector is.

You could play a game in which you pretend to be a tax collector. Give the children some coins (play coins or real coins) and say that you have come to collect the tax that they owe.
Make a list on which it says for example that a child has to pay one gold coin. Make sure that the others can see that it says one, but ask two. Then you can carry on ‘Ha-ha, on the list is says one coin, but I asked for two!!’ Put one coin in the box: ‘This is for the Roman bosses.’ Put the other coin in your pocket. ‘And this one is for me.’
Do this a few times and always ask more than is on the list.

The children will soon realise that you’re not being fair. Ask the children who had to pay if they liked paying more. Why not?
The tax collector is not being fair. He’s actually stealing the money.
No one wants to be his friend, no one likes him. He is a thief.

I’m now going to tell you a story about a tax collector:

zacchaeus

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Scripture reference: Luke 19:1-10
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485. The birth of Jesus seen through the eyes of Maria


“This is him! The saviour, the Messiah,” says the shepherd.

Maria sighs again. Her tummy is hurting. She knows that the baby will be coming soon. She puts her hand on her stomach. She can feel the baby moving. She smiles.

She thinks about nine months ago. It feels like it happened yesterday: she was busy cleaning her house, when all of a sudden the angel was standing next to her. She was so shocked!

“Don’t be afraid Maria,” said the angel. “God has chosen you. You are going to have a baby and you must call him Jesus. That means ‘God saves’. The baby is the son of God.”

First of all she didn’t understand how that could happen, because she wasn’t married to Joseph. But when the angel told her that God was going to make the baby grow in her tummy, that God would be the Father, she had understood that she, Maria, was going to be the mother of the Saviour, the Messiah, who had been promised for so long!

How special, what a miracle!

The birth of Jesus seen through the eyes of Maria

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20
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484. Lydia is thankful for God’s church


A story from the New Testament about Philippi

It’s the Sabbath, the rest day for the Jewish people.
There is a group of people standing by the river in Philippi. They are all women. They have come together to pray. They believe in the Lord God and love him a lot. One of the women is called Lydia. She is a very rich woman. She sells beautiful red and purple material that you can use to make wonderful clothes.

A bit later a few men come walking up to the women and sit on the ground next to them. The women are surprised. They don’t know who they are. What are they doing here?
One of the men says ‘I am Paul”. We thought that you were praying. We also love the Lord God and also his son Jesus. He is the saviour, the Messiah.”

The women are even more surprised. Do these men know who the saviour is? The Messiah?
Then Paul starts to talk....

Lydia meets Paul the apostle

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Scripture reference: Acts 16:14-15
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483. Eutychus falls from a window sill in church


God has brought Eutychus back to life again!

On Sunday the people go to the church. It’s not a normal church, but it’s quite a high building. On the third floor, at the top, there’s a large room, and everyone gathers there, because that’s where Paul is going to talk.

There are lots of people there. Everyone wants to hear Paul speaking. Eutychus is there too. He’s a boy and he wants to listen to Paul too.

It’s very busy and the whole room is full. There’s no space for Eutychus to sit, so he goes to the window and sits on the window sill.

Paul talks about Jesus. He talks for a long long time – there’s so much to tell and he is going away again tomorrow. So he talks, right on into the night. 

Eutychus falls from window sill

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Scripture reference: Acts 20: 7-12
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482. Paul is shipwrecked


Don’t be afraid. Nobody is going to drown...

Paul knows that it is autumn, and that it will soon be winter. Then the weather is much worse, often with storms and rain. It’s better not to go sailing then.

“Men, listen,’ says Paul. “I think that it’s would be better if we didn’t go any further. It would be better for us to stay here in the harbour until winter is over. If we sail now it could become very dangerous.”

“Not at all!” say the captain and the first mate. “We’re just going to start sailing, and when winter comes we’ll find another harbour where we can stay. The weather is fine at the moment.”

Julius listens to the captain. They must know best. What does Paul know about sailing?

Paul is shipwrecked

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Scripture reference: Acts 27:27- Acts 28:5
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479. Saul transforms into Paul on the Damascus Road


“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Saul was so determined to stamp out this idea, that when he heard there was another group of Jesus' friends spreading the same rumour in Damascus, he set off down the road from Jerusalem to Damascus to deal with it once and for all.  He was nearly there when suddenly out of the blue he was stopped in his tracks by a brilliant white light!   He  fell to the ground (act it out) .   He heard a voice speaking to him out of the light saying "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? " 

"Who are you, Lord?" he asked.

"I am Jesus! Get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what to do next!".  His friends were speechless - they could hear the sound, but they couldn't see anyone.

arabic man

Themes:

Persecution of Christians, Saul's conversion ont the Damascus Road, gospel presentation, testimony

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478. Jesus calms the storm on the lake of Galilee


“Master! Master! Wake up! We're going to drown! Don’t you care?"

"It had been a long, hot day, and sitting up on the hillside were hundreds and hundreds of people.  They had all come there to listen to one man.  This man was really special - he healed people and talked to them about God.  Who am I talking about?  Yes, JESUS.  There were all kinds of people, big and small, old and young - and Jesus talked with them all.  Sometimes we may think that were not very important or special but to Jesus every person is special and important.  He told them all about God - not about a God who is far away, but about God who is very close to each one of us, and cares about us.

At the end of the day, Jesus was very tired!  He said to his special friends, his disciples, “Lets get into a boat and go across the lake to find somewhere to rest”.  So they all got into the boat.  When Jesus got into the boat, he was so tired that he found a nice place to curl up in, and ...zzzzzz... he fell asleep..."  

stormy sea waves

Themes:

Trust in Jesus, does Jesus care about us, Jesus has the power over the sea and the wind, Luke 8: 22-25

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Scripture reference: Luke 8: 22-25
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477. The calling of Peter


Follow me and I will make you a fishers of men...

"Who likes to go fishing?  I wonder if you're the sort of person who comes home and says “Wow, mum, I caught a really big fish that was thiiiis big ... and I put it back”?.  You know fishermen are always going on about how big the catch was - even if they're not quite truthful!

Jesus' friend, Simon Peter, made his living by it .. he was a fisherman by trade.  He had his own boat, and knew his job.  He had been out on the lake all night and he had caught ... how many do you think?   Not one!  Nothing at all!  I expect he was sitting on the shore mending his nets and muttering to himself “Huh, all night and no fish, not even a tiddler - it's not worth fishing these days, I dunno where all the fish have gone, might as well not bother .. all I get is tired and wet and cold and hungry .

a basket of freshly caught fish

Themes:

Discipleship, following Jesus, leaving everything behind,  miraculous catch of fish, Miraculous Draught of Fish, fishers of men

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476. The healing of the blind beggar Bartimaeus

“Jesus!  Son of David!  Have pity on me!”   

"Cover your eyes up with your hands for a moment.  What can you see?  It's all dark in there, isn't it? What do we call someone who can't see at all? 

Nowadays there are all kinds of things to help people who can't see.  Long white canes, guide dogs, computers – my friend Neville can type messages on his computer and his computer reads the e-mails to him aloud! But did they have that kind of help in Jesus' time? No. If you were blind, it was a huge problem, you couldn't get a job, you couldn't keep your family, every day someone would have to lead you out to sit by the road, with your cloak and your begging bowl.

You'd sit there all day, calling out to anyone you heard passing by “ Please can you spare some money for a poor blind man?  Please can you help me?”.  Not much of a life was it, day in and day out?  Let's see what the man in our story is called: Bartimaeus. 

blind beggar Bartimaeus

Themes:

Healing of blind Bartimeus, the power of Jesus, the gospel

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474. Jesus restores Peter at a barbecue


"After breakfast, Jesus asked Peter "Do you love me best?" 

"Yes, Lord, you know I love you" said Peter.  "Feed my lambs" said Jesus.  Who do you think Jesus meant by his lambs? 

Then he asked again "Peter, do you truly love me?"  "You know I do" said Peter.  "Take care of my sheep" said Jesus.  Who did he mean by his sheep?"  That's not very complimentary, is it, as sheep aren't known for being very intelligent, are they?  

Then a third time Jesus said "Peter, do you love me?"  Peter was a bit hurt about this.  "Lord you know everything about me.  You know I am your friend."   Again, Jesus told him "Feed my sheep."  That's a bit of a joke really, isn't it – here is Jesus, telling Peter, a fisherman, to act as a shepherd and feed sheep!  

But it made sense to Peter when he thought about it..."

fisherman restoration Peter


Themes:

The restoration of Peter, Peter, do you really love me?, feed my lambs, always a new change with Jesus, God's grace

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473. The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate


I don't have any silver or gold - I don't have any money - but I do have something I can give to you...

Peter leans over and takes the man by his right hand, and says "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!".  As the beggar takes hold of Peter's hand he feels an amazing tingling warmth go right through him, down his arm, into his body, through to his legs and feet - and - starts - to - get - up! 

This man, who had never walked in his life, was starting to stand up!  The bones in his feet and ankles suddenly become strong, and he gets to his feet.  I expect he is hanging on to Peter and John!  Then he takes one step and another step - and another, and another, until in the end he's jumping about and hopping and skipping and shouting "Thank you Lord, oh thank you Lord, Look I can walk, I can run!"


arab man healing peter john lame man

Themes:

The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate, stories from Acts, God's healing power, persecution of believers, poverty

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471. The story of Barabbas and Jesus

A great story to tell about the power of Easter

"Barabbas was listening hard.  The crowd went quiet and he could hear a man's voice speaking.  The next thing he heard was a great shout "BARABBAS, BARABBAS, WE WANT BARABBAS!"  (Get the children to shout it out, really loudly).  "Wonderful!"  thought Barabbas. "It must be my mates, come to get me out of prison!"  He began to feel much more cheerful.  But then the crowd went quiet again, and again the man spoke.  He couldn't hear Pilate's words, but Pilate was asking "What do you want me to do with Jesus?"

 Barabbas

Themes:

The gospel, Jesus dying for our sins, Jesus dying in our place, to live for Christ

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470. The parable of the banquet

A very easy to tell the Bible story about the parable of the banquet

Jesus told the people a thought provoking parable:

"The rich man sent his servants out to the city centre to find all the beggars with "Hungry and Homeless" notices in front of them.  They brought them back to have a bath and new clothes, and all the time the mouth-watering smell of the good food waiting for them... what a wonderful treat!"  ( Luke 14:15-24, Matthew 22:1-14)

You can tell this parable too by using the script below.

arab girl wedding feast parable

Themes:

Jesus' parable of the wedding banquet, the wedding feast, the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God

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469. Tell the Advent story about God keeping His promises

Introduction:

"Hands up if you are good at keeping promises?  Last night I read a bedtime story to my little grand-daughter Emily....Do you remember the story of Charlie and Lola, where they go to the park and meet Charlie's friend Marv and his dog Sizzles?  - Lola and her friend Lotta promise, absolutely promise, to look after Sizzles, while the boys have a quick game of football?  And what happens?  While they are arguing over who should hold his lead, he manages to slip his collar and run off!  Sizzles got lost! So did they keep their promise?

How did they feel?   Pretty bad.... and sometimes I've made a promise to my children, and not been able to keep it, and felt pretty bad about it too and I tried to explain why, so they would understand.  But this story is about a promise that was thousands of years old!  A promise that God person made..."

Themes:

Christmas, Advent, birth of Jesus, God keeps his promises

Advent

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468. Jesus anointed by a sinful woman


A Bible story on the weeping woman at Jesus' feet

Describe the situation of a young woman left alone in the world and the choices she might have to face to support herself – begging, slavery, or breaking God's law in order to obtain money – by choosing the latter she would at least be able to run her own home and choose who abused her.

Maybe mention somebody you know who has had to make a similar choice – I know a “bag lady” in Bristol whose life decisions have led her to misery and deprivation.  She feels hated and excluded from society.

Describe Simon the Pharisee and his disgust at what he heard of Jesus teaching that God loved sinners  - against everything Simon had ever been taught.  He decided to teach this young Rabbi a lesson.  Humiliated him by ignoring his arrival  - no kiss on the hands, no water for his feet, no oil for his head, no leading him to a position of respect at the table.   Any normal rabbi would have been insulted and offended to the point where he would not join the feast at all but leave.  Jesus took up a place at the very end of the table where guests of little value would recline.  The custom of allowing villagers in to stand round the edge and admire the feast and listen to the wise conversation meant that the woman could slip in unobserved  - though some scholars think Simon may have “planted” her in order to embarrass Jesus.  

woman anointed jesus feet

Scripture reference

Luke 7: 36-50

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467. Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table


An easy Bible story on Jesus healing the daughter of the Canaanite woman 

"How would your Mum feel if you were desperately ill? People nowadays will go to any lengths to get help – even taking a child to a special hospital in a foreign country – they will borrow thousands of pounds if need be, to get help for their child.   This woman didn't have that option.  She was from the hills, she didn't have lots of money.   But she had heard about Jesus.  He was her only hope!  She would not give up.   She kept on after them, calling out.....   “Please, please Jesus – have a pity on me!  My little daughter!  Will you help me?” (Mark 7: 24-30, Matthew 15:  21)

Waiting under the table for crumbs

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Scripture reference: Mark 7: 24-30, Matthew 15: 21
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300. Jesus celebrates Passover


I’m so happy to be able to celebrate this Passover meal with you one more time. 

It’s a time of celebration in Israel. They are celebrating the Jewish Easter. All over the country families and friends have come together to eat. They eat the special Passover supper, with bread, wine, bitter herbs and the Passover lamb. Then they remember what happened a long time ago, when God freed Israel.

There’s a group of men walking along the road talking about the celebrations they are going to have. They are friends – in fact they are Jesus’ disciples.

“Where shall we prepare the Passover meal for tonight, Lord?” they ask Jesus.

“Two of you go to town,” says Jesus “and there you will meet a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him, until he goes inside a house, and tell the owner of the house that I have sent you, and ask where we can eat tonight. He will go upstairs with you and show you a room where everything is already. You can prepare the meal there.”

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An easy to tell Bible story

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This Bible story from Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-39 and John 13:1-17:26 was written by Ellen Zuijdwegt for a Dutch Sunday school method, but you can use it at home, within a church service, Sunday school setting or anywhere you like

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41. Heaven invites you to a party!

Introduction:
A complete puppet script about the Christmas story.
You can use this script to explain the gospel to children.


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Underneath you can read a small part of the script:

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Wise Man 1:

I say chaps, which way to Bethlehem?

Paddy:
Well, sir, if I was going to Bethlehem, I wouldn’t start from here. Take the ring road at Damascus and go south of Jerusalem.

(Enter other two wise men. One had headphones on and is boogying, the other is carrying presents)

Wise Man 2: 
This is typical, this is. I knew we’d get lost. Follow the star they told us. So off we go, but then what happens? It starts to rain. Bloomin’ clouds. Can’t see a thing. You just can’t trust the weather men these days. (To the headphones) Are you listening?

(No response - he carries on dancing)

Wise Man 2:
Who has to carry all the presents? Me that’s who.

Wise Man 3: (stops dancing)
Hey, man, cool it, ok?

Wise Man 2:
And now we’ll never get there on time. I told you we should have turned left at the Jordan.

Wise Man 1: (He’s been talking to Paddy, and now comes over to join the others.)
Not to worry, chaps. I know where we are now. Let’s get going.

Wise Man 3:
Hey man, that’s cool.

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39. The Magi’s (a Christmas story)


Introduction:

This is a great story about the journey of the three Magi from the East, which can either be told or enacted.

Themes:

The meaning of Christmas, the journey of the Magi

This can be used for:

- A Christmas service

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Bible text:

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem." (Matthew 2:1)

Script:

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Downloading link: The-Magi.pdf

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Galid:
Aram, look! Look at that strange star. Never seen it before. Look…. There! Can you see it?

Aram:
Well, I’ve never…. I can Galid! I have never seen a star like that before.

Galid:
Someone very important must have been born. The question is: where?

Aram:
Let’s get Youssef here. He is specialised in foreign prophecies. Maybe he can tell us what this means.

Storyteller:
Welcome to Babel, a big city East of Israel and the centre of all wise men. Our story is not about any oldwise men though, our story is about three very special wise men: Aram, Galid and Youssef. What makes them special, you ask? Well they were wise men that knew a lot about astrology. They could link the placement and run of the starts in the sky with events happening in the world. This was something that the God of the Jews had forbidden. Quite ironic if you think about it…

Aram:
He Youssef, so glad you could make it! Galid has discovered a star we’ve never seen before.

Galid (enthusiastically):
Look! There… Can you see it?

Youssef:
Indeed…. that is a special star.

Adam:
There is only one explanation. Somewhere there must have been a very important birth.

Galid:
The question is where? Youssef all our hope is on you: who is this newly born important person?

Storyteller:
Youssef stares at the stars in silence.

Youssef:
Wait a minute! Daniel! The cue is Daniel!

Adam:
Who?

(If congregation has a Daniel)
Galid:
This guy??!

Youssef:
No, Daniel was a Jewish man who lived hundreds of years ago and was the head of all the wise men in Babel. This Daniel used to tell everyone how the Jews were expecting a Messiah. A Messiah who would be a king… and he wasn’t the only one. I’ve recently read about the famous clairvoyant Balaam. 1200 years ago he made a similar prediction.

The story goes like this: Balaam was hired by the king of Moab to curse the people of Israel, the Jews. The king of Moab was hoping that after the curse he could beat them and drive them off the land.

Aram:
Hmm… interesting, interesting…

Youssef:
However, something very strange happened. Balaam, who was a very powerful curser, ended up blessing the people of Israel. Not only once, but twice!

Galid:
That shows the interference of a very powerful God.

Youssef:
And that is not the end of it. Balaam then also prophesised about a star. A star that would rise out of Jacob and a sceptre that would rise out of Israel.

Aram:
Say that again?!

Youssef:
A star would rise out of Jacob, and a sceptre would rise out of Israel. Look, you can read it all back. It’s right there in the Jewish Thora, in Numbers 24:17.

Storyteller:
Aram and Galid were speechless. Youssef was right, it was right there on the pages of their ancient manuscripts. They weren’t sure they could take much more, but Youssef wasn’t finished yet.

Youssef:
Let’s analyse it further. If you take a closer look you can see four important words in the text: Star and Jacob and next to them sceptre and Israel. Jacob was a patriarch of the Jewish people. However, when he was older he got a new name… Can you guess?

Galid:
Oh, oh, I like guessing games… Was it…. Adam? Moses? Josef?

Aram:
Bob?

Youssef:
No, Jacob became Israel. Jacob and Israel are the same. Israel was both the name of Jacob and the name of the Jewish people. The text therefore actually says the same thing twice. The star and the sceptre are related.

Storyteller:
Aram, wanting to redeem himself, quickly interrupted Youssef.

Aram:
A sceptre is the symbol of kingship. That means this star must tell us about the birth of a king! The king of the Jews!

Youssef:
You are completely right, Aram. This is what I think to. I think this star is telling us that the Jewish Messiah has been born…

Silence (eventually broken by Galid)

Galid:
The God of the Jews is a powerful God. He is capable of forcing the curser Balaam to bless. This must be the God who is also behind this birth. Maybe… no, never mind.

Aram:
What were you going to say Galid?

Galid:
No it will sound silly. It is just, I was thinking, maybe this born king is God himself… I need to know! I want to go and worship this king of the Jews. You know what, I’m going to Jerusalem.

Youssef:
I’m coming with you!

Aram:
Well in that case, I guess I’ll start packing.

Storyteller:
And that was that. Galid, Aram and Youssef prepared themselves for the long journey to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Weeks of traveling later they arrived at the palace of King Herod. King Herod was from a place called Idumea and had been appointed by the Romans. A non-Jewish king who was part of the oppression… no, he wasn’t very popular.

After taking a very long bath and combing the sand out of their beards Galid, Aram and Youssef entered the throne hall and bowed in front of the king.

Herod:
So gentlemen, what can I do for you?

Galid:
Excuse me, dear king, we are looking for the king of the Jews. Can you tell us where we can find him?

Herod:
Well, you’re in luckk, because he is right in front of you, as you speak.

Aram:
Please except our apologies in advance, but you are too old, dear king. We are looking for the new-born King of the Jews. You see, we have followed his star.

Storyteller:
Herod tried to stay calm, but with the visit of the Magi’s his biggest fear became true. He knew that the Jews were expecting a Messiah, and he was afraid of losing his power and his comfortable throne. As soon as the Wise Men had left he summoned all the Jewish spiritual leaders together. He needed to know where the King of the Jews had been born.

In the meantime, outside the walls of the palace, the story of the new-born King of the Jews was spreading rapidly among the people. Although it was news that filled everyone with joy, it also filled people with fear. For everyone was afraid for the reaction of Herod. Herod was known for being a mean, violent king who would do anything to keep his position safe. He had already killed some of the Jewish leaders and he had even killed his own son! No wonder that the Jewish leaders that were summoned to the palace had slightly sweaty palms as well… They were standing in front of the King, trying to hide their shaking knees…

Herod:
My dear gentlemen, thank you so much for coming on such a short notice! Now, tell me where that Messiah of yours will be born.

High priest:
Well… the prophecies point to Bethlehem, your Majesty.

Storyteller:
Herod thanked the scared leaders and wished the wise men a safe trip. Before he let them go, he asked them, however, to come back after they had found the new-born King of the Jews. He told them that he wanted to worship this special baby as well. Galid, Youssef and Aram promised to come back, saddled up their camels and headed towards Bethlehem.

Youssef:
Look!! We have found the star again.

Storyteller:
Aram is so surprised that the stops his camel dead on the road and stars at the sky.

Aram:
Oh my word…. You’re right.

Galid:
So we were right! But isn’t it odd that the Jews are not setting out to worship their own king..?

Storyteller:
The three wise men continue their journey to Bethlehem with growing excitement and anticipation. The star leads the way and finally brings them to the house where the little king had been born. They knock on the door and father Joseph opens the door. After having explained who they are and why they have come all this way, Joseph lets them in and shakes them the hand.

Youssef:
Thank you so much for welcoming us so warmly. Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Youssef.

Joseph:
I like you already! A great name shows a great man. Have you really come all the way from Babel for us?

Aram:
Yes!

Storyteller:
And while they sit down and rest from their travels the wise men tell Joseph everything, about the star, Daniel, Balaam and their longing to worship the new-born King of the Jews. Joseph brings them to the little baby, who is cradled in the arms of Mary. Quickly and quietly the rush towards the baby and kneel down with awe and admiration. They showed the beautiful presents they had brought all the way from Babel: Gold, frankincense and myrrh. At last they had reached their destination: worshiping the King of the Jews. A tiny baby, called Jesus, from the Hebrew word Yeshua, which means: ‘he how saves’. As Aram, Galid and Youssef kneel down next to the sleeping baby, they experience peace. A peace that overflows them and humbly silences them. The light of the star has led them on a journey filled with questions and uncertainties and guided them to the Light of the world.