Christmas Mystery--sample of script

Imagine all the confused emotions of Joseph and his parents (Jacob and Tirzah) when they learn that Mary, the "virgin" to whom Joseph is betrothed, is pregnant!  Naturally, they would assume immorality has occurred.  The law commanded death as a penalty for immorality!  But, another option existed also.  A "merciful" solution is discussed in the dialogue below, from scene 2, between Joseph and his father, Jacob.  Then, a supernatural solution, is revealed later in the play! For more information on how to use this drama in your Christmas program, return to the page, Christmas Mystery--a man and more...

Joseph: [Getting an idea…] Father, wouldn’t this be a case where I would be justified in                             requesting a “certificate of divorce” from the Rabbi, in order to break our vows of                             betrothal?

             [reluctant head and hand gestures from Jacob indicate that Joseph is correct.]  

            That would be a more merciful solution to this problem.  You’ve often reminded me of the             words of the prophet Micah.  “…what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and                    to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 NIV)  Don’t you believe

            that God prefers life and mercy, over death and punishment?

Jacob:  [Weakening in his position,]  Well, yes…but,

Joseph:  Mary’s sin is the Lord’s problem.  My responsibility is to “love mercy!”  I can’t help it,

I still care about Mary…even though my own heart is broken.  There would be no joy or

vindication for me, in seeing her dead!

Jacob:  [Thinking it all over] I suppose you’re right.  The law of Moses does also make

            provision for a “certificate of divorce” in such cases. (Deut. 24:1)

Joseph:  Good.  I’m very disappointed, but I think that’s what the Lord wants me to do.  I’ll give

her a certificate of divorce from the Rabbi, so that I won’t have to go through with

the marriage. (Matt. 1:19)

Jacob:  Well, if a divorce certificate is what you want…fine.  You are more righteous than I am,

            Joseph. You’ve chosen mercy over judgment.  In His timing, may God provide you with

a better wife than Mary!