I_AM     3'4m2f Trinity, deity of Jesus, the great "I AM"

(set piece: burning bush {bush with fan-blown red and yellow 
silk "tongues" of flame} near C)

AMY -- (enters) Yes, he did.

LIZ -- (follows) No, he didn't. Jesus never came out and said 
that he was God.

AMY -- Yes, he did.

LIZ -- No, he didn't. I've read through the four gospels several 
times and I don't remember a single incident where Jesus said 
that he was God.

AMY -- Well, maybe he didn't say it terms that YOU could 
understand. But he said it in terms that Jews of his day 
understood very well.

LIZ -- Like what?

AMY -- Well, first, we have to review a little history. (points 
to burning bush)

(note: when the male cast members speak, the females remain 
motionless, and vise versa) 

MOSES -- (enters as the fan in the bush begins to blow the 
tongues of flame, passes by bush) 

JESUS -- (rises from behind or inside of bush) Moses. Moses.

MOSES -- (freezes, does not turn, looks up) Here I am.

JESUS -- Take off your sandals...

MOSES -- (still looking up) My sandals?

JESUS -- ...the place where you are standing is holy ground.

MOSES -- (turns, notices Jesus and the bush) Yee! Who are you?!

JESUS -- I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the 
God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.

MOSES -- (drops to knees, takes off sandels) What do you want of 
me, Lord?

JESUS -- I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have 
heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am 
concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue 
them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of 
that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with 
milk and honey. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people 
the Israelites out of Egypt.

MOSES -- Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The 
God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What 
is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?

JESUS -- I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the 
Israelites: "I AM has sent me to you."

(flame off, males freeze)

AMY -- Remember that?

LIZ -- Of course. But what does that have to do with Jesus?

AMY -- Let's jump ahead a couple thousand years. (points to 
Pharisee entering)

PHARISEE -- (enters, crosses to Jesus) Jesus, how dare you heal 
people on the sabbath. Who do you think you are?!

JESUS -- One greater than the sabbath is here. Your father 
Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and 
was glad.

PHARISEE -- You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen 

JESUS -- I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I AM!

AMY -- Remember that?

LIZ -- You mean, he was claiming to be the God of the burning 

AMY -- Of course.

LIZ -- You don't know that.

AMY -- The Pharisees seemed to think so. (points to Jesus)

JESUS -- I have shown you many great miracles from the 

PHARISEE -- (picks up foam rubber rock, raises it overhead)

JESUS -- ....For which of these miracles do you stone me?" 
(exits quietly backward)

PHARISEE -- (follows) We are not stoning you for any of these 
miracles, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to 
be God!

AMY -- Well, are you convinced? 

LIZ -- (exiting) You know, if it weren't for the Pharisees, I 
would have missed that completely.

AMY -- (exiting) The Lord uses even his enemies to make his 

MOSES -- (stands, raises arms) People of God, listen to me. I AM 
has sent me to you. If you do the will of the great I AM, you 
will be saved. (exits)

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