WORSHIP THE KING
“Where is He that is born King of the Jews?”
As Adapted from Matthew 2 and 3
by Craig Ledbetter, Pastor of Bible
Baptist Church, Blarney, Ireland
CAST (Total needed is ___ besides the congregation):
Effects (if possible) - _____________
Jesus – Doll
Herod – _______________________
Wise Men (3)
PROPS and COSTUMES
labeled "King Herod's Palace"
that can shine dimly, all the way to brightly - would be nice to have many star
lights in the backdrop.
The Angel of the Lord needs a pure white robe
A drawing of Harod's Palace
A drawing of the mountain tomb
A bed for Joseph to lie down on
A sign with the words, “Bethlehem, this way…”
The Narrator comes out on stage
and faces the crowd. The three Readers line up behind him.
NARRATOR: Welcome to our 1999
Christmas Play, called, "Worship the
King." One thousand, Nine hundred, and ninety nine years ago, something
wonderful happened. Something that just couldn't be over-looked. Something that
forever changed the world - and still changes hearts. It is the story of Jesus,
at His birth. As we relive the events of that time so long ago, let's join with
the host of heaven, the shepherds, and those wise men from the east, and just
like back then, let's worship the King!
SONG: Tell Me the Story
READER #1: (Reading from an open Bible - Numbers 24:17) I shall see him,
... I shall behold him, ... there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre
shall rise out of Israel...
READER #2: (reading
from an open Bible - Daniel 2: 44) And in the days of these kings shall the
God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom
shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all
these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
READER #3: (Reading
from an open Bible - Isaiah 9:6,7) For unto us a child is born, unto us a
son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall
be called Wonderful. Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The
Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to
establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The
zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
READER #1: (Reading from an open Bible - Isaiah 7: 14) Therefore the Lord
himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.
SONG: O Come O Come, Emmanuel
READER #2: (Luke
1.32,33) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and
the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall
reign over the house of Jacob for ever. and of his kingdom there shall be no
READER #3: (John
1.1, 2, 14) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made
flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Mary is by herself. Angel appears and faces Mary who is shocked.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: In the sixth month the
angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a
virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David and the
virgin's name was Mary. The angel came to her and said unto her:
ANGEL: Fear not Mary: for
thou hast found favour with God. And , behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb,
and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great and
shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the
throne of His father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
Mary then went to Joseph and told him that an angel had appeared to her
and said that she was to have a baby who would be called the Son of God.
Mary goes to Joseph in carpentry workshop -talks to Joseph -Joseph acts
stunned and drops his hammer with shock at the
news. Mary then walks away from Joseph as
he turns to think about what she has just told him.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a
publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
Joseph walks away to a side, and
plops down heavy hearted. The lights dim, and Joseph lies down, and drifts off
to sleep mumbling.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeared unto him in a dream, saying,
An angel appears to him at his
ANGEL: Joseph, thou son of
David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in
her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall
bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being
interpreted is, God with us.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had
bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
Joseph sits up, and tries to shake
out the cob-webs in his thoughts, and then rejoices at what the Lord was doing
in his life. He
goes to Mary's house and knocks at her door.
Joseph! What are YOU doing here?
JOSEPH: Mary! I just had to
see you - I believe you. The angel appeared to me as well, and now I believe the
Lord. I understand what is happening, and I am so excited!
MARY: You mean it? You believe me?
JOSEPH: Yes I do, and I love you! And I want to
do? I mean, you still do?
JOSEPH: Yes I do! I know that
God has great things ahead for both of us!
Joseph takes Mary to his home to
the brief accompaniment of the BRIDAL
Mary and Joseph are around a
manger in a barn with baby Jesus, and Joseph gently caressing the baby,
And Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea,
unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house
and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with
child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered. And she brought forth a firstborn son, and wrapped
him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room
for them in the inn.
SONG: What Child is this?
The shepherds come in around the
baby Jesus looking surprised, and happy, and amazed at the baby.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
Shepherds only to come forward and
IN A MANGER
Wise men, come in from the front
main door singing WE THREE KINGS, and are walking, talking excitedly about the
new King that is born in Israel. They point to a faint star ahead of them that
is slowly dimming as they arrive at the palace of king Herod. As they are
singing, everyone in the congregation can join in.
SONG: We Three Kings
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the
king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem
Wise men ask the scribes the
WISE MAN #1: Where is he that
is born King of the Jews?
WISE MAN #2: For we have seen
his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
SCRIBE #1: Follow us and
we'll take you to the king.
Wise men to ignore Herod and look
around for another King - this makes Herod furious as he watches on!
WISE MAN #1: This is not the
one! Not the King we seek.
WISE MAN #2: There is another
WISE MAN #3: Yes. Another
King - the KING of kings.
Wise men introduced to the king.
HEROD: Who are these men and
what do they seek?
SCRIBE #1: They are looking
for a young child that is born King of the Jews, Sire. They say that they have
seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him !
HEROD: Oh really? Hmmmmm.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all
Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes
of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
HEROD: Where does the Bible
say that your "King" will be born?
The scribes come forward with a
scroll and show him Micah 6.,7.
NARRATOR: And they said unto him,
In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet Micah,
SCRIBE #2: (looking
at his Scroll) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least
among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall
rule my people Israel.
He looks at it over and over again
in disbelief. Herod paces back and forth - trying to put on a good face - deep
down he knows
that a King is prophesied, and that THA T king is to be the greatest King ever
Herod then calls for the wise men
to gather around him in seclusion, away from everyone else, and talks quietly to
HEROD: Gentlemen. if I could
speak privately with you.
Herod takes the men aside and
talks with them alone.
HEROD: What time did you say
this "star" of yours appeared?
WISE MAN #1: About a month
ago. It reminded us about the prophecy in the Bible about a Star arising in
Israel when God would send His Messiah to be King and Saviour of the
Herod now looks devious in his
HEROD: Well, go and search
diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again,
that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed.
The wise men bid the king
farewell, and begin to take their journey towards Bethlehem, with excitement,
and chat quietly.
A star begins again to shine
brightly ahead of them!
and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it
came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding
The wise men travel in the
direction of the star talking excitedly amongst each other.
SONG: O Little Town Of Bethlehem
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with
Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:
WISE MAN #1: It's Him! It's
the KING! Emmanuel!
WISE MAN #2: Yes, It's the
WISE MAN #3: The Lamb of God!
Oh the Son of God!
The wise men bow before the baby,
and pass by Mary and Joseph, and fall on their faces before Jesus, and open
their gifts, presenting
them to Him - Mary and Joseph watch and look on with amazement!
WISE MAN #1: Behold Lord, our
humble gifts… Gold…
WISE MAN #2: Frankincense…
WISE MAN #3 And Myrrh
Everyone in the play surrounds the
baby, and begins to sing JOY TO THE WORLD, and the congregation is invited to
SONG: Joy to the World.
The lights dim, and only the three
Readers are prominent on stage - maybe have the wise men scene still remaining
in the background,
but the light mainly on the Readers now.
READER #1: (Philp
2:5-11) So, let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who,
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made
himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made
in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath
highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth,
and things under the earth, And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
READER #2: (Rev
19:16) He hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
READER #3: (Rev
4 11) Thou art worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for
thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
ALL 3 READERS TOGETHER: (Rev
5.13; 7.12) Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen. Blessing,
and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be
unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Everyone leaves off stage, and
PASTOR to preach.
CLOSING SONG: O Worship the King.