The Sheep and the Shepherd (skit)
“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 (NIV)
Props: Vaseline, cotton balls, shepherd’s staff, club
Preparation: Have a helper dressed as a “sheep” (wearing a white or gray sweat suit).
Teacher: Good morning, boys and girls. This morning we’re going to continue our series on Jesus. Today’s lesson is about how Jesus is our Shepherd.
Helper: So, what’s my part in all of this?
Teacher: Well, to help the boys and girls understand what it means to be a shepherd, and how Jesus is our Shepherd, I’m going to play the part of a shepherd.
Teacher: And you’re going to play the part of one of my sheep.
Helper: You’re kidding.
Teacher: Nope. (Display Vaseline and cotton balls). Now if you’ll stand still, I’ll put some wool on your face.
Helper: That’s not wool! It’s Vaseline and cotton balls.
Teacher: Oh, well. Same effect.
(Teacher begins applying cotton balls. Continue script during application).
Helper: I can’t believe this.
Teacher: First of all, sheep are stupid.
Helper: Hey! Who you callin’ stupid?
Teacher: No offense. It’s just that you’re always trying to go your own way, and sometimes I have to bring you back.
Helper: So what’s the problem if I want to go my own way every now and then?
Teacher: You might get stuck in the rocky mountains somewhere and die out there.
Helper: We’re nowhere close to the Rocky Mountains!
Teacher: No…not the Rocky Mountains, the rocky mountains…you know, mountains that are rocky. Oh…never mind! Anyway, if you wander away from me and get lost, you would die out there by yourself. You wouldn’t have me to take care of you. So every now and then I have to poke and prod you with my staff to bring you back.
Helper: I know, and it hurts!
Teacher: Better than being torn to shreds by a wild animal.
Helper: Uhh…I suppose. Those wild animals scare me to death! Lions and bears….lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! With their big teeth and their sharp claws…just the thought of those claws tearing in to my sensitive skin. Aaaahhhh! (Really over-do the fear thing and embrace the teacher, refusing to let go).
Teacher: Get a grip, I’m right here. You know I wouldn’t let anything happen to you. I always watch out for you.
Helper: (Regains composure). Yeah, you’re right. Like the time that lion came into the sheep pen. You raced down the hill, jumped the fence in two seconds flat, and beat that lion senseless with your club.
Teacher: Always watching out for you.
Helper: You know what, shep, you’re not too bad.
Teacher: Thanks. Just stick by me and you’ll be okay. (to kids) Jesus takes care of us. Just like a shepherd takes care of his sheep, Jesus takes care of us and watches out for us.