"Christ the King," Spark Story Bible, p.474
“The True King,” The Beginner's Bible, p. 427
Officer Buckle is dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as “Never put anything in your ear” and “Never stand on a swivel chair.” The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull and the children fall asleep. When Gloria the police dog is invited along, she stealthily pantomimes each safety tip behind Officer Buckle's back, Gloria winning the children's hearts.
How these stories are connected: Officer Buckle is very upset when he learns that the children love Gloria, and not his safety tips. The priests get upset is a similar way when people start following Jesus and not them. These stories give us a chance to deal with our feelings when things seem unfair.
Questions about Officer Buckle and Gloria:
Why do you think Officer Buckle didn’t like it when he found out Gloria was the reason the kids liked the safety lessons?
What did he do to Gloria?
How did they become friends again?
What did they do when they became friends again?
Questions about the Bible story:
Why didn’t the priests want people to follow Jesus?
Why do you think they didn’t like him?
What did they do to him?
How is Jesus’ power different than the power of kings?
Questions about our lives:
How do you act when things don’t seem fair?
How can you be a good friend when you think things aren’t fair?
Dear Jesus, help us to enjoy the good things we see other people do. Help us learn from them and be friends with them. Help us to be good friends all the time, no matter what. Amen.