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JOSEPH   6'1m0f Joseph awaits the birth if his son Jesus

(enters preoccupied, crossed to DC, paces mumbles, after several 
seconds notices audience, stops pacing) (recommend hillbilly 
accent)

Oh, hello, I didn't see you there. I hope I'm not intruding. 
(points offstage with thumb) They didn't want me in there. My 
wife is having a baby. I... I'm a little nervous.

(looks to audience, offstage, to audience, offstage, to 
audience) 

Oh, I suppose you're wondering why my baby is going to be born 
in a stable. Well, it has to do with the Roman census. See, I'm 
from the tribe of Judah and the family of King David. And this 
is King David's home town. See, Roman census requires us to go 
back to our home town so they can count noses by tribe. But I 
suppose you knew that. Everybody here in Bethlehem probably came 
here for the census. So, I guess you're from the family of King 
David too, huh?

(paces without waiting for an answer)

You'll have to forgive me. I'm a little preoccupied right now. 
This is my first.... baby, I mean. This is my first baby... Our 
first baby. And I'm real nervous about it. 

(stops pacing)

I'm sorry. I started to tell you why my wife is having a baby in 
a stable. See, we're not from around here. You probably already 
figured that out from my accent. We're from way out in Galilee, 
from a small town called Nazareth, which is just about as far 
from Bethlehem as you can be and still be in Israel. Anyway, by 
the time we walked here all the way from Nazareth, all the hotel 
rooms were filled to capacity because of the census. And there 
was nowhere for us to stay. So, (points offstage) here we are 
having a baby in a stable. 

(paces)

Boy! I never thought I would be this nervous! Mind you I'm not 
nervous because the delivery or anything. I mean, women have 
been having babies for thousands of years. I'm nervous because 
I'm not sure how I'm going to pull this off. See, this is not 
your average baby. 

(stops pacing)

I suppose you hear that all the time. You're probably not going 
to believe this but...

(paces)

On second thought, I KNOW you're not going to believe this, so I 
don't think I'll even tell you. See, I'm not worried about being 
a Dad. I'll probably be a good Dad. My father Jacob taught me 
all about being a good Dad. He taught me a trade -- I'm a 
carpenter -- and I'll probably just teach my trade to my son.

(stops pacing)

See, I already know it's going to be a boy. His name will be 
Jesus. You probably think I'm a little nuts if I think I already 
know it's going to be a boy. All dads want their first child to 
be a boy. But, this... this is more than just a hunch. You're 
not going to believe this... Well, maybe I shouldn't tell you. 
You're not going to believe any of this. 

(paces)

How do you treat a boy like this? How do you explain him to your 
friends? I was even considering just keeping a secret until he's 
all grown up, but people always find out.

(stops pacing)

Alright, I'll tell you. You're all Jews, right? You know your 
scriptures? Remember the prophecy of the Prophet Isaiah? He said 
the messiah will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"? Remember the Prophet Micah 
said that our messiah will be born here in Bethlehem? Well, 
believe it or not, all that prophecy is being fulfilled tonight, 
(points offstage) right here in this stable. Isn't that 
something?! MY son is Mighty God, Everlasting Father! God is 
coming to earth as a baby. MY baby!

(paces)

I can see by the look on your face you don't believe a word I 
say. But if you do your math, you'll see that the messiah HAS to 
be born now. 

(stops pacing)

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that there is no 
prophecy that predicts the date of the BIRTH of our messiah. 
BUT, the prophet Daniel predicted that the messiah will ride 
into Jerusalem thirty-three years from now. 

(paces)

Okay, so try to follow me on this. In addition to being our 
king, our messiah will be our priest, our intermediary between 
God and man. According to the Law, a man can't be a priest until 
he's thirty years old, right? But you can bet that when the 
messiah turns thirty, people are not going to just swarm to him 
and crown him king of Israel. He'll have to spend a few years 
proving to people that he who he says he is. He'll have to do 
some miracles. And since the scriptures tell us that the number 
associated with deliverance is three. I think the messiah will 
do miracles for three years before everybody knows he's the one. 
If you add the age of the priesthood to the number of 
deliverance, that makes a thirty three years. And if you 
subtract that from the prediction of the prophet Daniel, that 
brings us here.... today.

(stops pacing)

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking how do I know that 
it's Jesus and not some other baby born in Bethlehem this year? 
This is the part that a little hard to believe. So, I'll just 
come out and tell you. An angel of the Lord appeared to my wife 
Mary and told her. He even told her what to name the baby. Then 
that same angel appeared to me. Mary and I compared notes. It 
was the same angel! There is no doubt in our minds that our baby 
Jesus is the long awaited messiah of Israel.

(starts pacing)

Now you know why I'm so nervous. How can I measure up to the 
task of being the father of Immanuel, God with us?! I can't 
handle this! I'm just a carpenter! 

(optional sound cue: baby cries)
(stops pacing, looks offstage)

Oh, oh. That's him. My baby is here. Jesus is born. I'm... 
(exits running) I'm a dad! 

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