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Main Idea

In the movie Emperors New Groove, Kuzco is a ruthless ruler who was spoiled his whole life. He wanted to build a new home on a plot of land already owned by a man named Pacha, creating immense conflict. Kuzco ends up turning into a llama and is stuck with Pacha. They end up becoming friends despite their differences. Kuzco, who was a terrible person initially, chooses Pacha over the ability to turn back to a human. This story parallels that of Saul. Saul was someone who persecuted and killed Christians. When he was walking in the desert, God talked to him and changed his life. He became one of the biggest figures in the bible! This shows that no matter how much someone has wronged you or done terrible things, they can always be forgiven and God loves them throughout everything.


Acts 9:1-17
1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest
2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.
14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.
16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”


Discussion Questions

  1. Have you seen the movie The Emperor’s New Groove? What did you think of it?
  2. How can we see God in The Emperor’s New Groove?
  3. Who is someone you have forgiven?
  4. What makes forgiveness difficult?