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Celestial Commentary – Scene 1 – Mary & Joseph [1/5]

This is from a sketch I wrote for use at church, which, in the end, was never used. It may be freely reproduced or performed etc.

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Matthew 1:18-24

Angel 1
What a cute couple...! Do you see how excited they are?
Angel 2
Huh! It was a different story a few months ago.
Angel 1
(Annoyed) When will you let that go? Joseph didn't know what was going on then? He was only trying to do the right thing?!
Angel 2
Ok – point taken. He's been great about it ever since his “dream.” You're right – he is genuinely excited! Do you think he'll be this excited when he has a child of his own?
Angel 1
It's rare – isn't it? We've spent so many thousands of years watching these humans... but it's so rare, so special, to see someone so excited by what the Almighty is doing?
Angel 2
It's beautiful – they've not just got that new parent aura – they've got that inner glow that comes from being happy to be part of the Almighty's plans. I haven't seen that in so long... it reminds me of King David in his better days. Nice to see it again in his descendants.
Angel 1
I do wonder how long it'll last though – they've already had snide rumours to deal with – and in a small town like Nazareth that stuff's not going to disappear any time soon. It's not going to be easy.
Angel 2
Don't despair too soon – you remember what that guy said, you know that Nehemiah guy, “the joy of the Lord is my strength”? I reckon if they keep their eyes fixed on Him they might just make it.