Jesus and Buzz

This was an assembly at a local primary school that involved one of our apprentices dressing as Buzz Lightyear.

I know that reception have been thinking about festivals this term so perhaps one of them can tell me which Christian festival are we about to celebrate?

That’s right, Christmas. I love Christmas. One of the best things about Christmas is the presents. I love getting presents from people. I’ve got one here

[A huge present in which you’ve got someone dressed as Buzz Lightyear! For most Ministry Apprentices it’s a rite of passage!]

Can anyone guess what it is?

Does someone want to open it?

Who is it?

It’s a real life full scale Buzz Lightyear. I know that some of you guys at the back are too old for this. But most of us would be thrilled to get a Buzz at Christmas. This would be a great present to get at Christmas wouldn’t it?

Now at the first ever Christmas God didn’t give us a Buzz Lightyear. He gave us someone else. He gave us Jesus. Now why would he do that? It must be that God thinks Jesus is better than Buzz. Let’s work out why.

Who can tell me some of the things that Buzz says? I think there are 3 things that he says when you press his button.

  • ‘Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue’
  • ‘I come in peace’
  • ‘To infinity and beyond’

Let me give you 3 reasons why God thinks that Jesus is better than Buzz.

1. Jesus came to rescue us from danger

[Press the button on Buzz and the character speaks].

Buzz Lightyear says, ‘Buzz Lightyear to the rescue’. A rescuer is someone who helps us out of a situation where we can’t help ourselves. Buzz came from Star Command to rescue all sorts of people but he’s only a toy. He can’t really rescue us. But the Bible says that Jesus came as a real rescuer or a saviour. Matthew 1:21. An angel appeared to Joseph and said, ‘You shall call his name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins’. God thinks that we’re in danger and so he sent Jesus to rescue us.

2. Jesus came to make our peace with God

[Press the button on Buzz and the character speaks].

Buzz Lightyear says, ‘I come in peace’. To make peace with someone is to go from being enemies to becoming friends. Buzz came from Star Command to bring peace to the universe but he’s only a toy. He can’t really bring us peace with anyone, can he? But the Bible says that Jesus can bring real peace. Jesus came to save us by making peace between God and us. Jesus came so that we could be friends with God again. God was angry with us because we’ve been disobedient and not done what he wants. But Jesus came to make it all OK again.

3. Jesus came to take us to infinity and beyond

[Press the button on Buzz and the character speaks].

Buzz Lightyear says, ‘to infinity, and beyond’. It’s a way of saying forever and ever. Buzz came from Star Command to take people to some amazing places in the universe but he’s only a toy. He can’t really take us anywhere, can he? Jesus came to rescue us by making peace with God so that he could take us to a really amazing place called heaven. Heaven is a real place that Jesus takes his people to after their time on this earth.

Conclusion

Buzz is just a toy, he’s a great toy and it’d be a great present to get at Christmas. But God gave us an even better present on the first ever Christmas. He gave us Jesus. Jesus is for real and so Jesus can really do what Buzz promises.

7 thoughts on “Jesus and Buzz

  1. Martin Salter September 25, 2012 / 12:06 pm

    absolutely brilliant – consider it nicked

  2. Ben Edson December 19, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    Thank-You! I’ve just nicked it…

  3. revd.allie@gmail.com December 17, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    wonderful thank you

  4. Jeff Higgins December 18, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Great!! The only thing I’m wrestling with is should I wrap up a human or a cardboard cut out!!

    • theurbanpastor December 22, 2014 / 12:51 pm

      Embrace the wow factor of a real life individual!

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