I am so blessed that I was assigned to handle the Sabbath School with the theme Repentance. The book Steps to Christ taught me what repentance truly means.
So, I want to share what we did.
Characters: Judas – Bong David – Potzky Peter- Regie
Narrators: Janice and Divine
Janice : How shall a man be just with God? How shall the sinner be made righteous? It is only through Christ that we can be brought into harmony with God.
Repentance is a commandment of God, but at the same time a wonderful privilege extended by God to sinners like you and me.
Divine- Is there a wrong way to repentance? There are many of us who fail to understand the true nature of repentance.
—a man comes in doing a public penance—-
Divine: Human’s twisted devotion leads a belief that a voluntary self-punishment, self-abasement, and self- mortification are the path to forgiveness. – some did it as the token of penitence for sin.
They lament the suffering rather than the sin.
—-a man confessed his sin to priest —–
We confess our sins to people rather than talking straight to God.
Janice: Let us take a short glimpse to the times when Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus.
—– JUDAS/ Bong comes on stage confused and terrorized. He would walk from one place to another. He will try to talk to people about what he did.
(He will repeatedly say this sentence.. )
JUDAS: “I have sinned and betrayed the innocent blood.”
Janice: His guilt was too much to bear. He was gripped by guilt, grief, despair, and helplessness. He was haunted inside and saw no hope. Left alone with his thoughts, he felt his sin was too terrible to be forgiven. He felt God could never forgive him for so great a sin.
———-Judas hangs himself——-
Divine: Let’s compare how Peter repented from his sin when he denied Jesus three times.
———(PETER / Regie walks on stage with grief and remorse.——-
Divine: The terrible sin that he had committed, the terrible failure that had come, and the depth into which he had fallen suddenly opened up before him. Then, Peter went out and wept bitterly.
-REGIE walking back and forth then stops at the center then pray–
REGIE/PETER: “My Lord is gone; my hope is gone; and I denied my Lord. After that life of love, after that blessed fellowship of three years, I denied my Lord. God have mercy upon me!”
Divine: It broke Peter’s heart when he realized what he did. He was in deep sorrow for the sin he committed. And that makes his repentance worthy to God.
Divine: How do we show to God our true sorrow for sin? Do we bargain for our wrongdoings to be fully forgiven?
Janice: When David commits adultery with Bathsheba He knew in his heart how he failed God. The prayer of David after his fall, illustrates the nature of true sorrow for sin. His repentance was sincere and deep. David saw the enormity of his transgression; he saw the defilement of his soul.
Divine: The sin of David is one of the worse revealed in the Bible. Yet, his humility provides a good illustration of the attitude we should have towards sin.
Potzky: ”Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving-kindness: According unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. . . .
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. . . .
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. . . .
Create in me a clean heart, O God;
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence;
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;
And uphold me with Thy free spirit. . . .
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation:
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.”
Divine: A repentance such as this, is beyond the reach of our own power to accomplish. It is obtained only from Christ.
Divine: David’s repentance resulted in a renewed joy, in the presence and service of God, and a commitment to teach others to turn from sin.
Janice: God doesn’t want anything from us– no self-infliction to show we are remorseful, no bargaining, no need for public penance. He only wants us to fully turn away from sin and repent to Him with all our hearts just like David.
Note: I don’t own some of the statements here. Mosts are directly quoted from Steps to Christ and some Christian websites.