This drama highlights Jesus’ call for ‘radical’ discipleship and action for creating change towards a more just society.



Reader Matthew 21:12-15


Jesus went into the temple complex and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves.


And He said to them, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer. But you are making it a den of thieves!”


The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple complex, and He healed them.


When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children shouting in the temple complex, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant.



Opening scene: Disciples Joel, Mary sitting quietly reading.



Enter John, running in excitedly




Oh my goodness me! My goodness me!

Jesus has created a huge drama at the temple just now…

I ran away as fast as I could as I felt afraid!



Joel What’s happened?



Enter Phil



Phil Ah there you are – you were there beside me one moment and then you were gone. Where are Pete and Andy?



John They were still with Jesus when I left.



Mary What ever happened? Tell us!



Joel Yes, and start from the beginning!



Phil Well, we went to the temple – Jesus and the 5 of us – John, Pete, Andy, Jude and I.

It was very noisy in the outer court with lots of people negotiating and arguing with the traders.



John There was a Judean trying to change money to the temple money, and arguing that the exchange rate was unfair.



Phil And a widow was pleading with a man selling doves, that the doves were not healthy and costing too much.
John And wherever we looked, people were arguing with the traders. (pause)

And Jesus stopped right there and looked around without saying anything for a while, then he closed his eyes and seemed to be praying silently…



Phil And then looking really calm and controlled, he coolly walked through the court while pushing over every trading table and stall he passed


There was chaos as the lambs escaped their stalls and started running around and there were traders trying to catch their escaping doves and coins were falling everywhere…



John And all the while Jesus just kept walking calmly while creating pandemonium all around him…

He got to the end of the court and climbed onto the step there, and said in his big voice that miraculously carried through the noise…



Phil He said “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer. But you are making it a den of thieves!”



John The temple guards were rushing towards Jesus… I didn’t wait long enough to see what would happen, I ran back here.



Enter Jude, storming in, flustered


Jude Have you told them what happened?!!

I am so angry! I don’t know why on earth Jesus created such a scene!



Mary You know, Jesus always has a very good reason, even if we don’t see it. The temple outer court really has become a market place.



Jude The traders are actually doing a service, because travellers don’t have to bring their lambs and doves with them and drive them through the town, they can just arrive at the temple and get them. They are also making a living, surely…? What does Jesus hope to achieve from stopping them?



Joel Well, everyone knows that although they pretend to be serving the people, the traders are really Caiphus’ agents who have a monopoly to operate in the temple, so they can charge unfair prices and cheat the people.



Mary Yes, they are not ordinary people trying to make an honest living…

they are cheaters and liars!



Jude Well, I didn’t become a disciple to be a political activist and create trouble. I am here because I want to reach the Kingdom of God; and Jesus promises to show us the way.

Jesus said:

“I proclaim good news that brings great joy to all people!”

and he said:

“He that believes in me shall never hunger, never thirst!”


“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!”



Joel But don’t you see… the Kingdom of God is a place of justice for the poor and weak here on earth… He taught us to pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done ON EARTH as it is in heaven”… and we can’t be “for the kingdom” without taking a stand against injustice!



John But it is pretty scary. I ran away because I didn’t want to get noticed and get into trouble…



Jude Well, for me, this is not what being a disciple is about. If I am expected to stand up in public and make enemies of the Chief Priest and the local powers by exposing them, and getting my family into trouble as well, …well…I’d rather not be a disciple any more!



Joel Following Jesus is about loving God better

It means also loving what God loves, which is all people, and standing up for the weak and vulnerable people.

If we follow Jesus’ example, sometimes it means stirring up trouble with the authorities to expose the wrongs of the system.



John I can see that, but it is just not in my character, I am too timid, I don’t want to get noticed. Of course I want to stand up for justice but in more quiet ways than turning tables at the temple!



Joel The fact is, we need different types of people doing different things towards bringing about the Kingdom of God.

The strongest among us can topple the tables at the temple and get arrested and raise awareness and get people talking.

Some others can create alternative ways for people to offer their sacrifices at the temple without cheating them

Others can spread the word, tell their friends and relations and passers by that they support the efforts

Still others can simply pray.



Phil Well, Jude – what are you thinking you’ll do?



Jude Well, for a start I am going to have some very strong words for Jesus.



Joel Are you going to leave us because you disagree with what Jesus has done?



Jude Well… I have to think about it.

I have to think further about what you have just said… that taking a stand against injustice is part of being a disciple.

And I have to think about what it is possible for me to do.

I can imagine Pete and Andy joining Jesus in toppling tables but that’s just not my style…



Reader Romans 12: 1-8

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.


For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.



Actors drop their cloaks to reveal modern clothes. The year is 2014 and they are modern day disciples.



Mary Today, in the 21st century, we have new protections against injustice through the law, through consumer protections, through a free press…


But we also face new injustices.


Is there an injustice that resonates with you?

Is there an injustice that moves you to action?


How can you respond to injustices as an individual Christian?

How can we respond to injustices collectively as a church?



Reader Hebrews 13:1-3


Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.