Reflections on the Lords Supper

  • Cast Number: 15
  • Run-time: 60 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Luke 22:7-38
A one act Living Lords Supper play. John, in his old age recalls that momentous time. The stage provides two settings. One for Old John talking to Papius on the island of Patmos. The second scene on the stage requires room for the 12 disciples and Jesus for the Last Supper. The disciples speak of their time with Jesus. The drama switches back and forth between the two scenes. Good lighting would work for this effect. A very thought provoking drama. Well researched. Written by KARL WAGNER.

SCENE I

(LIGHTS UP on PATMOS. Seated is PAPIUS, OLD JOHN’s young scribe.
OLD JOHN is in his late 80's now and in exile on the island of Patmos. The Lord’s Supper (LS) setting is dark. OLD JOHN is dictating his Gospel to PAPIUS and is coming to the Lord's Supper (that last Passover meal) in the 13th chapter of John.)
OLD JOHN“…and I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
(A long sigh)
Papius, we'll stop there. That will bring us to that last Passover with the Lord, I believe. I need to gather my thoughts before we go on. I must remember it just as it happened.
(OLD JOHN sits down; after a long pause, PAPIUS speaks.)
PAPIUS: John...
OLD JOHN: Yes, Papius?
PAPIUS: What was it like..., ...I mean that night. Did you know what was going to happen?
OLD JOHN (Shaking his head)No, not a clue. Jesus had said things to us, that, looking back now, I realize He was preparing us for Him leaving. Things like, “How long shall I be with you?” or, “I shall be with you a little longer...” We also knew He was preparing us for something, because He often explained to us, in clear terms, the parables He used to teach the people. But we didn’t understand it all at the time. As far as that night, it was busy time, and Jerusalem was packed with people coming in for the Passover. The people had thronged to Jesus, and had in triumph heralded Him into the city with shouts of HOSANNA! To the son of David!
PAPIUS: In Luke's Gospel, he writes that Jesus wept at the sight of Jerusalem, about its future. And that He had cleansed the Temple of the moneychangers. And had even been questioned by the Pharisees and Sadducees.
OLD JOHN: Oh yes, all of those. He had warned us of the scribes and their future condemnation, and had predicted the destruction of the Temple and of the city. Jesus had also been teaching in the Temple during the day.
(a short pause)
The day came when the Passover lamb must be sacrificed, and the meal prepared. Jesus sent Peter and me, saying, "Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat." Not knowing where to go or what to do exactly, we both said, “Where will You have us prepare it?” And Jesus said, “Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man shall meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house he enters. And say to the master of the house, the teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples? And he will show you a large upper room furnished; there make ready."
PAPIUS: And when you went you found everything as he had said? Even a man carrying water?
OLD JOHN: Oh, yes. Everything. And we made ready the Passover. We had the lamb sacrificed, and cooked it, and the bread. We prepared the herbs, had the wine at the table, and eventually, everything was ready.

SCENE II

(LIGHTS FADE TO BLACK on PATMOS, and FADE UP (LS). PETER and YOUNG JOHN are already there completing preparations. ENTER JESUS and DISCIPLES. All sit. PETER and YOUNG JOHN start to serve the Passover meal. After all is set at the table, JESUS rises, and speaks.)
JESUS: With a heartfelt desire I have wanted to eat this Passover with you, before I suffer. For I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
(JESUS takes the cup, gives thanks and turns to the disciples)
JESUS: Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
(JESUS takes the bread, blesses it, and breaks it, gives it to DISCIPLES.)
JESUS: This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.
(The DISCIPLES get puzzled looks and react among themselves. After some time, everyone begins to have finished the meal.
JESUS stands, removes His outer garments, takes up the basin and the water, and kneels down before YOUNG JOHN. JESUS washes YOUNG JOHN’s feet and dries them with the towel. JESUS arises and goes to PETER to wash his feet)
PETER: Lord, are you washing my feet?
JESUS: What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.
PETER: You shall never wash my feet!

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