Break Free

BREAK FREE! – A Short Play

(In the night, sounds of nocturnal animals are heard. A man is seen hurriedly moving along a solitary path. He holds a dim litted touch in his hands. He seems very afraid as he hurries along. As he goes deep into the forest, the darker it becomes. Suddenly he heard a loud roar like that of a lion. He stops, looks around and started running backwards. In his fright, he started conjuring images of monsters in the forest chasing him, he ran until he had no strength to run again. He fell on his face, sweating profusely. Suddenly a huge dark figure pounced on him and began to beat him seriously. He cried and struggled but he was overpowered. The dark huge figured monster speaks)

THE MONSTER: I have been assigned to you to see to it that you fail in all you do. You forefathers gave you to us in exchange for dangerous powers. We are behind all the misfortunes you have ever suffered and those are just a tip of the iceberg, you haven’t seen anything.

THE MAN: (Gasping) Please, I don’t know what you are talking off. I have no opportunity of seing my own father as he died mysteriously on the day I was born, not to talk of forefathers. You have been beating me now for years without any offence committed…Are you not tired? When will you be satisfied?

THE MONSTER: (Gives him a heavy slap) Shut up. You are our lawful captive. I can never be tired of tormenting you till the day appointed for you to die by my hands. (Gives him another round of beatings, the monster stands and going away, he speaks) That day is very near. (Laughs hysterically, as he went away, he abruptly turns back and gives a heavy blow on the head, repeating his last words) THAT DAY IS VERY NEAR, which resounds in the man’s head, as he wakes, soaked in the pool of his sweat, having bruises all over and writh in pains. His wife enters the bed room)

THE WIFE: (In fright) What is it Dan? You had the nightmare again? Didn’t you put that black metal under the pillow?

DAN: I did. I did Mope (Checks under the pillow, and sees the black metal). I did.

MOPE: It is high time we sought an alternative.

DAN: I need to see my mother. I need to get answers to some questions.


(At Dan’s Mother’s place; Dan sits facing his mother and listen as she speak deep things about the family)

MOTHER: Your father is the third born of his father. Your grand father died the day your father was born. Likewise, your great grand father died the day you grand father was born. You are our third born child, and your father also died the day you were born.  So, no third born child has ever seen his father in your father’s lineage.

DAN: (In a shaky voice) Ah, I am doomed. My wife is pregnant with our third…Oh… (Sobs) We have been killed before we were even born.

MOTHER: (With pity) That has been my fear, the moment I heard your wife was pregnant. (Dan continues sobbing profusely, the mother stands, embrace her son with tears)


(At the herbalist, Dan and Mope are seated. The herbalist comes in from the inner chambers. Dan and Mope rises, he shakes his head and motions to them to sit as he sits)

HERBALIST: Your case is terrible and monitored by principalities and powers in the high places. The truth is there is no remedy. The only solution proferred is absolutely impossible. It is a case of life for life. Someone that is not from your family, that loves you very much, must be willing to die in your place, and the curse will be transferred to him, then you will be free.

DAN:  If it were me, I cannot do it for anybody, so I cannot imagine anybody dying in my place.

(They left the herbalist disappointed. On their way home, their car had a minor fault on motion, they safely park and call the mechanic to come and fix it. While waiting, they heard a melodius sound of hymns from a nearby church.)

THE CHOIR: (singing the hymn with joyful hearts)  What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grieves to bear, what a privilegde to carry everything to God in prayer…Have we trials and temptation, is there trouble anywhere, we should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer… (Dan and Mope enters the church)…Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share, Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer…Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care, precious saviour still our refuge, take it the Lord in prayer… (The pastor comes up as the choir continues singing solermly)

PASTOR: Come and find solace in Christ today. Jesus saves, heals, and delivers. He is a faithful friend. Demons tremble at the mention of the name of Jesus. He took your place; you need not go through that trouble anymore. Come now… (Dan and Mope look themselves in the eye and come forward to the altar.  The Pastor led them and others in Salvation prayer)


(The pastor is on a visit to the Dan’s family. He spent hours teaching them the scriptures and praying with them. He gave them a list of scriptures to be memorised and meditated upon)


(Dan in the dark forest again. He has a torch with very bright light piercing through the forest with its illuminating brilliance. He hears the sounds that normally usher in the demonic monster.  He swings his torch to locate him. Suddenly, the black huge demon appears before him. Dan is a bit terrified)

DAN: (Surmons courage and speaks) I have been looking for you.

THE MONSTER:  (Deep baritone voice) And here I am to take away your life today.

DAN: (Boldly) You are mistaken; my life is not in your hands. He that dwells in the secret place of the Most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress. I shall not be afraid of the terror by night or for the arrow that flies by day. When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. (His voice increases) Arise, O LORD, and let your enemies be scattered.

The MONSTER: (Falling and staggers back) Shall the prey be taking from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? No!!!

DAN: (Defensive) But thus says the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.  Jesus died for me, and rose again and gave me victory. You evil forces, I have victory over you in…

THE MONSTER: (cuts in sharply) You belong to us. You have been covenanted with us by blood…

DAN: (Without hesitation) I belong to Christ. I plead the blood of Jesus and neutralize all evil covenants signed with principalities and powers in the high places by my fore fathers. I stop your effects over my life, my family and that of my children in Jesus name.

THE MONSTER: (Falls down, tries to stand and falls again, gathers momentum and stands with a club in his hands) Your time is up, you shall die today. (He raises high the club to hit Dan)

DAN: Hang it there! The rod of the wicked shall not fall on the lots of the righteous. I shall live, I shall not die. I shall live to declare the praises of Him that has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. My God raise a standard against you today (Dan confidently approches the monster, speaking in tongues powerfully, collects the club, and begins to hit the monster from the head to all other parts of his body.)

THE MONSTER: (On the ground, shouting in pain) Blood Covenant destroyed! Mission terminated! Victim becomes Victor! (The monster disappears)

DAN: (Rejoicing) Thank you Jesus, the owner of my soul. Wow. I have the victory.

(Dan wakes in His office, lifting his head up from his table with a smile, his phone rings, he checks it, and it is their family doctor)

DAN: Hello Dr. Kingsley, Good afternoon.

Dr KINGSLEY: We have been trying to reach you for hours now. Your wife went to labor this morning but could not push through and we needed you to sign some papers and make deposits for the operation.

DAN: But my phone has been on since. I will be on my way now.

DR KINGSLEY: Although, you can come but there is no need for that again.

DAN: (stands from his seat) What happened to my wife?

DR KINGSLEY: Congratulations Mr Dan, your wife is fine, she delivered a bouncing baby boy thirty minutes ago.

DAN: (His face gradually change from that of bewilderment to Joy) Wow! Thank you Jesus. I am coming rightaway Doctor.

(At Dan’s apartment, the family is full of joy as they behold their bouncing baby boy in his cot. Dan picks his phone and dials a number. An elderly woman picks the call from the other end.)

DAN: Hello Ma, Mope gave birth to a bouncing baby boy yesterday. And…

MOTHER: (Cuts in) Ah, (Tears welling up in her eyes) Finally, this curse has snatched away my son. (Sobs) Where is his body now?

DAN: Mum, didn’t you recognize my voice; this is your Dan speaking.

Mother:  What? Dan? How come? (She wipes her face)

DAN: Mum, It is the work of Jesus Christ. We are already at home and we are expecting you as soon as possible.

MOTHER: What am I doing? I am coming today, in fact now.


“But Christ has rescues us from the curse pronounced by law. When He was hung on a tree, He took upon himself the curse for our wrong doing. For it is wriiten, cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree. He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross” [Galatians 3:13, Colossians 2:14-15]. Come to Jesus Christ today and BREAK FREE!




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