Christmas Skit: The Birth of Jesus from His Neighbor’s Perspective

The following is a skit I wrote after a Bible study where we were discussing the trouble that the family and hometown of Jesus had in believing he was the Messiah.

Narrator: Two neighbors in Nazareth chat in their back yard.

Phil: Hey Chuck.

Chuck: How’s it going Phil?

Phil: Fine, how about with you?

Chuck: Good. Did you hear about this Messiah everyone is talking about?

Phil: Sure did. My cousin was at a wedding a little while back. Said the guy turned the water into wine so the guests had the best wine last. Heard he has healed some blind guys and cleaned up some lepers.

Chuck: Well, I heard him talking down by the Sea the other day, and you are not going to believe this. It was Jesus.

Phil: Which Jesus?

Chuck: Jesus the carpenter. Son of Mary.

Phil: Jesus? Like from down the street.

Chuck: Yeah, that Jesus.

Phil: Like, the Jesus who built my deck? Man, he was a great carpenter. My deck is perfect. But I don’t think he is the Messiah.

Chuck: I know. Such a good worker. Built our manger. It is gorgeous. Kinda weird, though. He put some much time into building that manger. He cried when he finished it. What is so special about a manger?

Phil: That is weird.

Chuck: What was the deal when he was little? Remember how he didn’t live here for a couple of years.

Phil: I don’t remember. Hey, Gladys. Do you remember what the deal was with Jesus?

Narrator: Phil’s wife comes over to join the conversation.

Gladys: Which Jesus, hun?

Phil: The carpenter. The son of Joseph and Mary. Everyone is saying is doing all those miracles and drawing those big crowds.

Gladys: He is? Oh, don’t you remember that story?

Phil: I wouldn’t have asked you if I did.

Gladys: Well, Mary got pregnant before they were married. She said that the “spirit of God” came upon her.  Really, they must have, you know, and then there were three. Joseph did not divorce her or have her stoned. He married her. Her parents must have been so embarrassed. I think they sent him away to stay with her cousin in Jerusalem for a few months.

Chuck: I remember that, but why weren’t they around when Jesus was little.

Gladys: They went out of town for some reason… Oh, wait. That was the census, and Joseph is of the family of King David. He had to go to Bethlehem. So they went together and Mary had the baby there.

Chuck: Oh, I am starting to remember. Wasn’t there a coupe stories about angels and shepherds, and some wise men from out East somewhere bringing gifts. Some people are all about getting attention.

Phil: Hold on. That was right about when Herod killed all those Jewish boys around there.

Gladys: So tragic.

Phil: How did they keep Jesus alive?

Gladys: They went to Egypt. Got outta Dodge before the shooting started. Stayed there a couple years. I don’t remember when they came back, they just showed up one day and started their contractor business back up. Jesus took it over when Joseph died.

Phil: And now people think Jesus is the Messiah? The one who will bring peace on earth? The one who will lead us to overthrow the Romans? Don’t get me wrong. Dude was a great carpenter.

Gladys: I know. That deck was incredible.

Chuck: I heard him speak, and the guy had a lot of wisdom. I didn’t see any miracles, but I wasn’t there very long.

Phil: It is Jesus. We have known him for 30 years. My mom and Mary were friends. There is no way that guy is the promised savior. Especially if he was born out of wedlock.

Chuck: And isn’t it weird that his brothers and sisters don’t even follow him. You would think they would be disciples of their older brother, wouldn’t you?

Gladys: That’s right. His brother James is kind of a bum around town. And his brother Judas took a down payment for a new table and chairs, and ripped me off. I never got the set but I also never got that money back.

Phil: I always tell you, honey. Never trust anybody named Judas.

Gladys: Your dislike of people named Judas aside, is everybody saying that Jesus is the Messiah, or is Jesus saying it himself.

Chuck: I think he is saying it, or at least implying it in the stuff he is doing.

Phil: Maybe he has gone crazy.

Chuck: Well, I don’t know what to think of it. But I can’t imagine the that savior of the world is the same guy that built your deck.

Narrator: Matthew 13:53-58 tells us: “[53] And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, [54] and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? [55] Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? [56] And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” [57] And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” [58] And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”

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