Posted by: Jonathan Stepp | March 26, 2008

Gospel Drama

How do we portray the gospel in compelling and relevant ways? A good friend recently sent me a link to a video of a popular skit illustrating the gospel. (Click here to view it.) Watching it got me to wondering: how could it be more Christ centered and Trinitarian? Here’s what I came up with. Tell me what you think:

The skit could open with three persons holding hands and dancing in a circle around “Everyman”. As Everyman comes to life his eyes remained closed but he sways and moves to the music of the Triune dance which he can hear but not see.

When Everyman opens his eyes he is frightened and angry about what he sees and begins to try to escape from the circle of the Father, Son, and Spirit. As he moves frantically from place to place on the stage the encircling Trinity moves with him, never allowing him to exit their circle. From time to time he stops his frantic attempt to escape the circle. Sometimes when he stops he begins to move to the music again and seems momentarily happy and at peace. Other times when he stops trying to run he is grief stricken and picks up something else – a beer bottle, a hypodermic needle, a copy of playboy.

Each time he stops – whether to dance or to pick up another idol – the Son and the Spirit plead with him to look at the Father and see the love he has for Everyman. Everyman’s eyes are open but he always looks away and will not look at the Father. Finally, the Son – without letting go of the Father and the Spirit – moves right next to Everyman and shadows his every move. After a few seconds of this, Everyman goes into an unctrollable frenzy and at the climax puts the gun to his head. Without letting go of the Father and the Spirit the Son puts his head right next to Everyman’s head, between Everyman’s head and the gun; Everyman pulls the trigger and the bullet kills the Son.

The Son falls to the ground, dead, but still holding hands with the Father and the Spirit. As he falls he holds on to Everyman and takes him down to the floor with him. On the ground the Son is holding Everyman and the Son is being held onto by the Father and the Spirit. Everyman looks at the gun in a perplexed way, not understanding why his gunshot has not killed him.

Then the Father and Spirit lift the Son up and he is alive again. As the Father and Spirit lift the Son up he picks Everyman up with him, but Everyman has his back to the Son. The Son taps Everyman on the shoulder, Everyman turns around slowly and with amazement sees the wounds in the Son. He starts to fall to his knees in worship but the Father, Son, and Spirit together lift him up and he embraces them one by one and then the four together embrace each other.

The dance resumes with Everyman now the fourth member of the circle, not just in the middle of the circle as he was at the beginning, and the four dance off the stage together in joy and celebration.

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Responses

  1. Jonathan,
    Bravo for putting together a skit to illustrate Incarnational theology! The more ways the gospel can be put across the better!

    You asked for feedback. I think the skit does a very good job of conveying the covenant faithfulness of God to humanity, and that alone should touch hearts effectively. However, I think the current conclusion might be a bit misleading. It is only through the vicarious humanity of the Son that Everyman can experience the Son’s fellowship with the Father, but as the skit is currently expressed, it seems to imply that Everyman experiences fellowship with the Father in his own right (as “the fourth member of the circle”) rather than solely in the Son.

    Thanks for working on such a good idea!

  2. Thanks for the encouraging words and the great suggestion!

    You’re right, the ending does need to show that Everyman’s participation in the Triune Life is forever mediated by the incarnate Son. Our relationship with the Father is the result of the Son sharing with us the relationship he has with the Father.

    Perhaps as the four dance off stage Everyman should still be in the middle of the circle and the Son should be holding onto him there while continuing to be connected to the Father and the Spirit.

  3. It is a great skit! Perhaps Everyman at the end stands directly and intimately in front of Jesus, joining his hands with Jesus’ hands as they hold the hands of the Father and Spirit. Still the Triune circle, but with Everyman plastered to the son…

  4. Thanks, Jerome.

    I love that phrase: “Everyman plastered to the son”!


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