Scripture Reference: Matthew 26:1-16, Mark 14:1-11, Luke 7:36-50, 22:1-6, John 12:1-11
A lesson about forgiveness.
DILLY – a southern fried chicken who doesn’t always get things straight
MISS REBECCA – the teacher who sets her straight
(MISS REBECCA is on stage.)
DILLY: How y'all doin', Miss Rebecca?
MISS REBECCA: Very well. How are you, Dilly? Finer than frog hair?
DILLY: Not today. Right now, I'm madder than a box of frogs.
MISS REBECCA: Why's that?
DILLY: He just thinks he's all that and then some.
MISS REBECCA: Who?
DILLY: That little bantam rooster. I do believe he thinks he burps rainbows and unicorns.
MISS REBECCA: That does sound like someone who thinks highly of himself. What did he do?
DILLY: We was having a meeting of our Holy Poultry group when that sawed-off little roaster said I should be more grateful for my salvation.
MISS REBECCA: We should all be grateful for our salvation.
DILLY: Well, I am, I suppose. But if anyone should be grateful, it's that bantam. I recall what he was like before he was saved, and I just have one word – (sing-songy) LOSER!
MISS REBECCA: Dilly, that's a terrible thing to say.
DILLY: I still love him as my Christian brother, but he was a capital-L loser, bless his heart.
MISS REBECCA: Dilly! We need to all be thankful, because God has forgiven all of us so much.
DILLY: (under her breath) Some more than others.
MISS REBECCA: Our sin puts all of us farther away from God than any of us can reach on our own. It really doesn't matter if some people are a few more inches farther away.
DILLY: Or feet.
MISS REBECCA: Or feet.
DILLY: Or miles.
MISS REBECCA: Or miles.
DILLY: Or light years.
MISS REBECCA: Dilly, it doesn't matter. We are all sinful and the only way any of us can reach God is through Jesus Christ.
DILLY: But some people are very, very far away.
MISS REBECCA: But the good news is that nobody is too far for Jesus to reach. And nobody is so close that they don't need Jesus, too.
DILLY: Well, slap me silly and call me darlin'. I see what you mean. I should be as grateful as that pip-squeak of a rooster, because Jesus saved both of us.
MISS REBECCA: Exactly!
DILLY: Oh my! I am much obliged, Miss Rebecca. I reckon I should go to that little bantam rooster directly and tell him I have done him a great disservice. I cannot believe I flew off the handle like that with that dear young boy. I need to go at once and make amends. (exits quickly)
MISS REBECCA: (stares at stage surprised at Dilly’s sudden departure)
DILLY: (reappears) I almost forgot – bye, y’all! (exits)