Jesus & Judas

By Michael English

Summary: This sketch contrasts the characters of Jesus and Judas. It was written to be performed on the Wednesday before Good Friday. It will need minor editing to be performed at another time.

Bible Reference: Matthew 26:14-16 and 27:3-10 etc.

Characters: Judas and Jesus.

Props: None, but, if you've got the facility, a dark stage and a spot on each of the two characters would be cool.

Setting: A bare stage.

(Jesus and Judas stand side by side on opposite sides of the stage.)

Jesus: I am Jesus

Judas: I am Judas

Both: For the last few years we have run the race of life together.

Jesus: Across Galilee

Judas: Across Judaea

Both: Without a place to lay our heads.

Jesus: We have seen the lost found.

Judas: The sick healed

Jesus: Good News preached to the poor

Judas: And demons cast out

Both: And now we come to the final lap. We will run with determination the race that is set before us.

Jesus: It is Wednesday. Soon the race will end.

Judas: Tomorrow, I will depart into the night.

Jesus: Soon the lambs will be sacrificed for Passover.

Both: But which of us will win the prize?

Judas: I will win thirty pieces of silver. The price of a man's life.

Jesus: And I will win a cross and pour out my life to death.

Both: But this is not the end.

Judas: For I will hang myself and become a by-word for traitors.

Jesus: And I will rise to life and become the Saviour of the World.

Both: He who loves his life will lose it. But he who is willing to give up his life will keep it for life eternal.

This script is Copyright 1998 Michael English, All Saints Milton. Permission is given to use this drama in non-profit making church events provided the source is acknowledged. Some editing may be required to suit local conditions. Please let us know if you have any comments.

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