Reader's Theatre: The Restoration of Peter (John 21)

restoration of peter john 21 iconReader’s Theater: The Restoration of Peter
Based on John 21:1-19 (NIV)
Three speakers:
NARRATOR, JESUS, Congregation as SIMON PETER and DISCIPLES

NARRATOR
Jesus appeared again to his disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias and it happened this way. Simon Peter, Thomas who was also called Didymus , Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter said,

CONGREGATION AS SIMON PETER
I’m going out to fish

NARRATOR
The rest said, “Well go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them,

JESUS
Friends, haven’t you any fish?

CONGREGATION AS DISCIPLES
No

JESUS
Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.

NARRATOR
When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

JESUS
Bring some of the fish you have just caught.

NARRATOR
Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.

JESUS
Come and have breakfast.

NARRATOR
None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter

JESUS
Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?

CONGREGATION AS SIMON PETER
Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.

JESUS
Feed my lambs.

Simon son of John, do you truly love me?

CONGREGATION AS SIMON PETER
Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.

JESUS
Take care of my sheep.

Simon son of John, do you love me?

NARRATOR
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”

CONGREGATION AS SIMON PETER
Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.

JESUS
Feed my sheep.

I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.

NARRATOR
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him,

JESUS
Follow me!

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Adapted from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Reader’s Theater: The Restoration of Peter adaptation © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Contact the Lisa for posting and publication considerations.

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