Sunday School Skit: Pharisees and Sadducees

Apparently kids retain a lot more when they do something than when they hear it.  I don’t know if chaotic Sunday School skits actually help them learn, but today I gave it a shot.  At least we had fun!

Matthew 22
Pharisees and Sadducees

Pharisee 1: I don’t like Jesus much – he’s creating trouble.  How can we trap him into saying something that he can be arrested for?

Pharisee 2: I think I have an idea!

(They walk over to Jesus.)

Pharisee 2: Teacher, we know how honest you are.  You teach the way of God truthfully.  Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?

Jesus: You hypocrites!  Why are you trying to trap me?  Here, show me the coin used for the tax.

Pharisee 3: Here you go. (Hands over the coin.)

Jesus: Whose picture and title are stamped on it?

Pharisee 1, 2, and 3 (together): Caesar’s.

Jesus: Well then, give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.

Pharisee 3: Wow, that was a good answer.

(Pharisees 1, 2, and 3 exit.)

(Enter Sadducees 1, 2, and 3.)

Sadducee 1: I don’t think there’s any life after you die.

Sadducee 2: Yeah, me neither.

Sadducee 3: Let’s go ask Jesus about it.

(They walk over to Jesus.)

Sadducee 1: Hi Jesus, we have a question.

Sadducee 2: What if a woman marries a man and he dies.  And then she marries his brother, and the brother dies.  And so on, until she has had 7 husbands.  Finally, she dies, too.

Sadducee 3: Whose wife will she be in heaven?

Jesus: People aren’t married in heaven.  And haven’t you read the Scriptures?  They explain that God is the God of the living, not the dead.  That means there is life after death.

Crowds: Wow, we’re astonished at Jesus’ teaching.

(Sadducees 1, 2, and 3 exit.)

(Enter Pharisees 1, 2, and 3.)

Pharisee 1: Did you hear that Jesus even won an argument with the Sadducees?

Pharisee 2: Yeah, I think we better go try to trap him again with another tricky question.  Hopefully this time it will work, and he’ll get arrested.

Pharisee 3: I think I have another idea…

(Pharisee 1, 2, and 3 walk over to Jesus.)

Pharisee 3: Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?

Jesus: You must love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.  And the 2nd greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.  The entire law is based on these two commandments.

PDF: Matthew 22 Skit

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