Here’s a reader’s theatre setting of John 6:56-69. It is based on The Voice translation of scripture, and set for three voices.
One: If you eat My flesh and drink My blood,
you will abide in Me and I will abide in you.
The Father of life who sent Me has given life to Me;
and as you eat My flesh, I will give life to you.
This is bread that came down from heaven;
I am not like the manna that your fathers ate and then died!
If you eat this bread, your life will never end.
Two: Jesus spoke these words in the synagogue
as part of His teaching mission in Capernaum.
Many disciples heard what He said,
and they had questions of their own.
Three: How are we supposed to understand all of this?
It is a hard teaching.
Two: Jesus was aware that even His disciples
were murmuring about this.
One: Has My teaching offended you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascend
to return to where He came from?
The Spirit brings life.
The flesh has nothing to offer.
The words I have been teaching you are spirit and life,
but some of you do not believe.
Two: From the first day Jesus began to call disciples,
He knew those who did not have genuine faith.
He knew, too, who would betray Him.
One: This is why I have been telling you that no one comes to Me
without the Father’s blessing and guidance.
Two: After hearing these teachings,
many of His disciples walked away
and no longer followed Jesus.
Jesus turned to the twelve and asked:
One: Do you want to walk away too?
Three: Lord, if we were to go, whom would we follow?
You speak the words that give everlasting life.
We believe and recognize that You are the Holy One sent by God.
~ taken from The Voice.™ Copyright © 2006, 2007, 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.