Hope at the Cross-Drama Skit

Hope at the Cross-Drama Skit

Themes: Easter; Leaving our problems at the cross; Jesus came to heal a hurting world; no burden is too heavy for Jesus; people who are hurting
Categories: With God, Easter 

Five people come to the foot of the cross, each struggling with a different problem:  a teen girl is looking for love in the wrong places; an old man misses his wife who has passed away; a young man regrets some bad decisions, which led to a drunken accident; a woman feels the heartache of dealing with a mother who has Alzheimer's; and a man struggles with his addiction to gambling. But when Jesus enters the picture, he removes each of their struggles and replaces them with words of comfort, love, freedom and forgiveness, reminding all of them that there is hope at the cross.

Style: Drama

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Characters: 7 (4 Male, 2 Female, 1 Neutral)
All of these characters, with the exception of 1 male, could be gender neutral if necessary.
Length: 5-8 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting: A cross stands in the middle of the stage.

As the scene opens, Teen Girl enters and stands facing the audience center stage. She wears a sign around her neck with the word “SHAME” written in big letters. The girl speaks to the audience.

Teen Girl:

I hate myself…no one will ever love me…


I thought my boyfriend did: he told me he loved me but after he …(pause)…after he got what he wanted, he dumped me.  Again.  Just like all the others.  I feel so dirty and ashamed…used.  I just wanted someone to love me. I thought this time it would be different.


I don’t have any friends…not real ones, anyway.  I hear the whispers in the hallway at school, and I see the looks of disgust I get from the other girls…the teachers too.  I tried to talk to the school counselor once but all she said was, “What do you expect, with a reputation like yours?”


My parents don’t really care about me either. All they’re concerned about is where their next “fix” is coming from. 


I just wonder if there’s anyone out there who could ever love me…

Teen Girl moves to the side and takes a step back.  She stands facing the audience with her head down. As she does this, Old Man enters wearing a sign around his neck with the word “LONLINESS” in big letters. He takes center stage and speaks to the audience.

Old Man:

My darling Sophie has been gone for nearly three years now.  She was the light of my life.


Every morning for 49 years we met at our kitchen table for coffee, sipping and planning the day. Mornings were always my favorite.


But now…(pause) now I drink coffee alone.  The big house gets pretty lonely…the kids are all grown and have moved away. They call but it’s not the same…


My son tells me I should get out more but I don’t like to go out alone.  Plus, the arthritis is getting’ worse and the eyesight is growin’ dim. Sometimes I forget things.  (pause)


Did I mention my Sophie is gone? Married 49 years, we were. (smiling) It was never quiet when Sophie was around.  That woman could talk!  (smile fades) These days…(pause) it’s pretty quiet around the house. 

Some days, I just wish I had someone to talk to.  

_____Moving to near the end__



This is how much God loved the world; He gave his Son, his one and only Son.

Jesus enters dressed in white.  He goes from person to person, removing the sign from their neck and putting it around his own.  The Narrator continues to speak as Jesus collects the signs.  The Narrator should speak in a manner that will coordinate with the words ending as Jesus stands in front of the cross.


Although my people live in darkness, they will soon see a bright light.  Although they live in the shadow of death, a light will shine upon them. 


For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


He will swallow up death forever and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all the faces.

After he has all the signs, Jesus stands in front of the cross, with his arms outstretched on the cross.