Mr. Mathisen: Boys and girls, this morning we are going to meet Jesus. Do you like that idea, Stanley…Stanley?
Stanley: Huh? I’m sorry I was pretending to be pirate. Ahhrrrggghhhh! Where’s my sword, matey?
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, don’t you want to meet Jesus?
Stanley: Sure, sure, right after I capture that ship with all the doubloons.
Mr. Mathisen: Hang on there, buddy. You can pretend to be a pirate another time, right now let’s focus on being in Sunday school with a story to tell.
Stanley: Oh ok. What do I get to do?
Mr. Mathisen: Thank you. This morning we are going to learn about a time when Jesus was sitting outside in a town east of the Jordan River in the area where the tribe of Manasseh lived.
Stanley: Tribe? Were they Indians?
Mr. Mathisen: No, they were…well, we’ll talk about that at another time. Let’s just say that some of the people of Israel lived over there, and Jesus went to preach to them. So let’s pretend that we are back there, and we want to go visit with Jesus.
We can pretend that it is a warm day, and Jesus is sitting on a bench under a tree and he is surrounded by people.
Do you want to go over and visit with Him?
Mr. Mathisen: You don’t? Why not?
Stanley: I don’t want to.
Mr. Mathisen: Why? Are you afraid?
Stanley: Well, yeah, kind of. He’s so big.
Mr. Mathisen: But, every grown up is big compared to you.
Stanley: Not Zaccheus.
Mr. Mathisen: No, not Zaccheus. But, does Jesus look mean or scary?
Stanley: No, not really.
Mr. Mathisen: Well, how about if I go with you? I’ll stay right with you.
Stanley: Can I hide behind you if I get scared?
Mr. Mathisen: Sure, let’s go over there now.
Stanley: Wait! Those other big men are chasing all the kids away. I’m scared! I don’t wanna go over there now.
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, you’re right. But look now, Jesus is telling those men to stop doing that. I think those were His followers, but He wants to see the children.
Stanley: You’re right! Look, He’s picking some kids up and putting them on His lap. I’m going over there now! Bye…
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, wait for me! Oh, never mind. You’re in good hands.