The Peanut Butter & Jelly Skit


Lesson Focus: God Is The Judge

Set Up:
Choose three children to act out the following skit. Print the skit and highlight their parts. Give them each a lunch bag. If possible, give the actors time to practice before class. (Three adults could act out the skit for a more humorous approach.)



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Cindy: Iím so glad itís lunch time. I didnít eat any breakfast. Iím really hungry!

Mindy: Me too. Letís race to the lunch room.

Josh: Hey wait for me!

Cindy: My mom made my favorite sandwich today.

Josh: Whatís that?

Cindy: Peanut Butter & Jelly! Yum! (Opens lunch bag) Hey! Someone took my sandwich! Hmmm, I think I know who did it!

Mindy: Who?

Cindy: I saw Barbara messing around with the lunch bags earlier this morning. I bet she took it! That thief! Iím telling on her!

Josh: Wait a minute, Cindy. Before you go accusing her, you should know if she took it. Maybe your mom forgot to pack it.

Cindy: No way! My mom wouldnít do that! I just know Barbara did it! Sheís always doing things that are wrong!

Josh: Wow, thatís mean! Itís not like youíre perfect, ya know. Youíve done things that are wrong too. Remember last week you cheated on your math test? And the teacher thought I was helping you cheat? I forgave you for getting me into trouble. Didnít I?

Cindy: Oh, what do you know? I think Barbara did it and Iím gonna tell on her! (Stomps off)

Mindy: Wow, I donít understand why Cindy is acting like this.

Josh: Me either. Itís weird. Letís go eat! ~ THE END ~

Discuss: We donít know if Barbara stole Cindyís sandwich, but what do you think Cindy should have done?

Have you ever had a speck of dirt in your eye? It hurts and you canít see until it is removed. But what if you had something larger than a speck of dirt in your eye? It would be very painful and blinding. Jesus told a story about someone having a speck of dirt in his eye. See if you can understand what Jesus wanted us to understand.

Read: Read Matthew 7:1-5 from a child-friendly Bible or tell it in your own words.

Jesus told this story to teach us that we must remove the sins in our lives before we point out the sins of others. In our skit, if Cindy had been more concerned about correcting her own faults, then maybe she wouldnít have been so ready to blame Barbara for stealing.

It is important that we never point out someoneís sinfulness to show that we are better than they are. Jesus says to remove the plank or log from our eyes, so we can see clearly enough to remove the speck from someone elseís eye. This means we are to take care of our own sins, by confessing them to God, before we think about other people's failures to do what's right.  The purpose of pointing out someone elseís sin is to help him or her to grow closer to God, but it is not for the purpose of judging. If youíre concerned with ridding your life of sinfulness, taking care of the "logs" in your life, then you will not have time to think about the sins, those "specks," in other peopleís lives. When we understand and believe that Jesus has forgiven us of all the wrong things weíve done, our sins, we must do the same for others. And remember, only God has the right to judge sin.

Memory Verse: "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Matthew 7:1

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Copyright 2004 Sarah A. Keith

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