Misunderstanding of the theme: Life-Light-Word
Setting: In a Sunday School MS class room, studying the Gospel of John. The Youth Minister is desperately trying to convey what John is about, and the kids don’t get it, or do they?
Brandon gets quiet!
-YM: Okay, guys as I was saying, John 1 opens up with Jesus being presented as Life, Light and Word. What do you think this means?
-Michael: I got it. (pulls out a flash light), look Jesus is the light. He helps me see when it is dark. I can turn it on and turn off whenever I want. I don’t need it on now, so I guess I don’t need Jesus
-Kristin: Oh, Jesus is a light? My cell phone has a light, look! Jesus is like my cell phone light, right? He gives off just enough light to be a little helpful?
YM: Yes, Jesus is the light, but not a flashlight or like the cell phone light. He doesn’t just help a little, he helps us see in the darkness, he pushes the darkness away. He has defeated the darkness (John 1:5).
Okay, let’s move on. Jesus is the Light. He is also Life. What do you think this means?
-Ty: Oh, I know, he is like a defibrillator. He shocks people into life (Grabs a defib.) and runs towards Michael), like this watch…
-YM: No, wait, Ty. Um, thanks, but your not quite right there. Let me see, as I was saying…
-Spencer: (pulling up a box of LIFE cereal), look, here is what Jesus is like, a box of LIFE. Right? Jesus is life, this cereal is life, so Jesus is a box of cereal?
-All Kids: yeah, Jesus is a box of cereal. Let me have some of that!
-YM: Not exactly what I was thinking. Yes, certainly does sustain us like food does, and he does wake people up. Let’s move on…
Sarah: Wait a minute…Mountain Dew. Yeah! Jesus is like Mountain Dew!
-YM: and why is that?
-All kids: because mountain dew is the elixir of life
-Jordan: (prayer ) thank you God for mountain dew and beautiful women
-YM: Oh brother, um not quite what I had in mind. Um, Okay, so we read, in John 1 that Jesus is Light, Life, let me see here, oh yeah, he is the Word.
-Jordan: (stands up and begins to hit everyone with a Bible) Jesus is the Word, you need to believe in Jesus or else…
-YM: STOP! Jordan, that isn’t what I meant either.
-Jackson: (grabs a dictionary and begins to hit everyone again with the dictionary) Jesus is the Word, the word, the word.
-YM: Jordan, sit down. Jesus is the Word. Yes, but not a book of words to hit others with.
-Chris: Wait a minute, you said Jesus is Light, he is Life, and Word. But all the things we’ve tried to use to help you out, aren’t helping.
-Kaden: So, what exactly are you saying?
-YM: Listen, Jesus is the Light. He illuminates the darkness in this world, exposing sin and the need for change in people’s lives. He helps us to see God’s work in the world, especially to see how God worked through Jesus and is now working through the church.
He is Life. Yes, he does wake people up, but he is also the author of life. The creator of the universe. He gives everyone their breath. He gives and takes away. Life begins in Jesus, and his promise of rebirth through water and the spirit (John 3:5-8).
He is the Word. He is God’s final revelation. God makes known his intention through Jesus, His Son. He is guidance, truth, wisdom, power. His Word is our hope, our source of encouragement, our rock.
-All kids: so, we were off?
-YM: A little. But do you see now?
-Danyelle: Yes, I think I got it this time. You mean, that Jesus is all these things, and he expects us to be these things as well? Or at least point others towards Jesus as Light, life and word?
-ALL: (Sing This Little Light of Mine…) [optional]
–End Drama by reading John 3:16-21:
Kristin: 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Spencer: 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Jordan: 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Kaden: 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Sarah: 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
Jackson: 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”