Playing Church or Playing Jesus? - 11/09/2014

Sermon Text:  Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 & 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-23

   A children’s Sunday School class somewhere, decided that they wanted to play church. There was a minister, ushers, choir, organist, even an offering. After a while the kids got tired of playing the game, as children will, and were wanting to change it. One little boy said, “I know, let’s play Jesus.” Well, that was a new one for the group and it sounded great. When the other children asked the boy to explain the game, he said that one boy would play Jesus and the rest would be mean to him, call him names, hit him, spit at him, tie him to a tree, and pretend to crucify him. That took a bit of the glow off the honor of playing Jesus, but the children went on with the game and one little fellow even volunteered to be Jesus.
   The children really got into the game … poor Jesus … children can be so cruel. Well, it only took a couple of minutes for the insults, the name calling, etc., to get to the boy playing the part of Jesus. He through up his hands and shouted, “Stop!” Then uttered a profound statement. He said, “Let’s not play Jesus anymore … let’s go back to playing church.”
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