POSTED February 22, 1999
By Louise Ferry
Scripture Reading John 3:1-17
PUPPETS: Sally & Mom
MOM: Sally, did you read the paper this morning?
SALLY: No, Mom, what was in it that interested you?
MOM: Well, they sentenced Josh to reform school.
SALLY: What was that for?
MOM: Do you remember back a few months ago when someone broke into the school and vandalized it?
SALLY: Yes, I remember. I got school off that day. Windows were broke, desk were smashed, rooms sprayed with paint. It was real expensive getting those things repaired. I couldn't believe someone would want to destroy such a beautiful school.
MOM: Remember how you and Butch talked about it. Butch thought it was a really dumb thing to do and you said it must have been someone who hated school. All that was done by Josh.
SALLY: Yowl, Josh is only 15 years old. He's been in trouble quite a lot. And the judge sent him to reform school. It must be awful to go to a place like that.
MOM: Yes, sin has a penalty. In a sense, the judge didn't send Josh to reform school. Josh sent himself. He knew the rules and he chose to disobey. Now he has to face the consequences.
SALLY: You're right mom. That reminds me of how people say, "How could a loving God send anyone to hell?"
MOM: Yes, they forget that He is not only loving but He is holy too, and the penalty for sin must be paid.
SALLY: Jesus paid for our redemption, but it's our choice to accept or reject what He did for us.
MOM: Sally, I'm very proud of you for remembering that. God doesn't force His will on us, so if a person goes to hell, it's his own choice.
SALLY: He refused to accept Christ.
MOM: You know, Sally, even I hadn't thought of it quite that way, but you're right. We do have to make our own choice.
SALLY: Boys and girls, what choice have you made? You have sinned, but God doesn't want you to die in your sin.
MOM: Jesus died so that you may have eternal life. You must confess your sins, ask forgiveness, and accept Christ as your Savior.
SALLY: Have you done that? Speak to your Children's Church Leader about it today. See you.
MOM: Bye boys and girls (puppets down)
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