When we ask Jesus to be our Friend, He is totally committed to us and
will never leave us.
We too need to help our friends and care for them.
A four-part serial story of the adventures of two friends who knew
Jesus as their true Friend.
Matthew 28:20, "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
Sid's Gran had won a competition and the prize was a week's cruise on a
luxury liner. As the summer holidays had arrived, she asked Sid
if he would like to go with her. Sid was excited and asked if he
could bring a friend along as well. Gran said, "Yes," so Sid
rushed out to invite his good friend, Basher, who's a fun guy and a
The cruise was full of very rich and snooty people. Poor Sid and
Basher had quite a struggle trying to fit in. One night during
the evening meal (a very posh affair), the lights suddenly went out.
When they came on again, everyone started screaming, "I've been
robbed!!" Even Gran's necklace had been stolen. The
captain questioned all the passengers, but nobody could shed any light
on the robbery.
Sid and Basher eventually got to their cabin and excitedly talked about
what had happened that evening. "Perhaps we could solve the
mystery," suggested a sleepy Sid. "This trip looks like it's
going to be fun," replied Basher, "We'll be the on-board detectives!"
They both snuggled down and happily dreamt about chasing robbers
all over the ship!
Next day, Sid and Basher decided it was time to have a good look around
the ship, so they started to explore and arranged to report back by the
swimming pool in half an hour's time.
Sid was examining a long corridor when he noticed that one of the cabin
doors was slightly ajar. He saw a dim light coming from the cabin
and heard muffled voices. He tiptoed up to the door just in time
to overhear, "Where on earth are we going to stash all this stuff?"
Caught in the Act!
A gruff voice replied, "We'll sort it out later, we must have at least
half a million's worth of loot!" Sid leaned closer to the door,
straining to hear. The first robber asked, "So where are we going
to hide it all?"
Unfortunately just then, Sid leant too far and the door suddenly opened
and he fell into the room and landed at a pair of enormous feet!
Sid felt himself being grabbed and jerked to his feet.
"So, what have we here? A prying little Harry, eh?" Sid was
about to answer that his name was Sid, but they ignored him. "How
much do you think he heard?" asked one crook. The other robber
answered, "Too much! "What shall we do with him?" They both
looked at the frightened Sid and came to a decision.
Holding onto Sid tightly, the man who seemed to be the boss said, "Look
kid, you've got a choice. Keep your mouth shut and maybe we'll let
you go. But if you blab to your family you're in for it!
We'll tie you up and throw you overboard!
Sid had to make a choice about his tricky situation. What choices
could he make? (Let the children respond
he could think of looked very good. We all make choices every day -
some big and some small. Jesus gives us the choice of whether we
will follow Him or not. That's a very important choice, and a
decision that only each of you can make.
Sid knew what the the robbers meant to do to him, so he made his decision
and whispered a prayer, "Jesus, please help me!" He stamped down
as hard as he could on the robber's foot and ran towards the door.
But just as he thought he'd got away ...
Well, you'll have to wait until next time to find out what happened!
Sid had made his decision and whispered a prayer, "Jesus, please help me!"
He stamped down as hard as he could on the man's foot and ran
towards the door. But just as he thought that he had got away, Sid
felt himself being jerked backwards by the seat of his pants. He
wriggled and squirmed in a vain attempt to free himself. "No one's
going to come to your rescue," said a gruff voice as Sid struggled with
all his might.
They dragged Sid along the passage and down several flights of steep
stairs. "We're right down by the ship's engines, and no one's
going to hear you shouting for help above this racket!" growled the
robber with the huge feet. "And this cabin's a spare one and no
one ever comes down here. So you may as well give up struggling
and behave yourself, you horrible little urchin," grinned the other
"No way!" thought Sid and shouted at the top of his voice, "Help!
Help! Please help me Jesus!"
Playing Cat and Mouse!
"Help, Help!" mimicked the robber in a sarcastic voice, "Who's going to
come and save you? Your little old Granny? I don't think so!
Now, keep still, you're starting to get on my nerves! And if
you don't keep quiet, we'll drop you over the side tonight!"
But Basher had heard Sid call and was coming to the rescue!
Sid's heroic efforts to free himself had nearly succeeded, so he gave one
more enormous wriggle. He felt the man's grasp loosen and he lurched
forward like a rugby fly-half and dived between the man's legs!
Hands came out in all directions as the robbers tried to catch him a
second time. Sid could hear himself shouting again, "Help!
Help! Help me Jesus!" as he scooted around the room.
Basher to the Rescue!
He was starting to think that he couldn't play cat and mouse much longer in
such a small room, when just then the door burst open sending the robber
who was blocking it flying across the room. Sid glanced up and there
was Basher, coming to the rescue!
Basher quickly took in the situation and leapt on top of the nearest robber,
bringing him neatly to the ground. Basher sat on his head and
shouted, "Quick run, Sid! I heard you call and knew you needed me!
Now! Run! Run!"
Sid wasted no time and shot through the open door and down the corridor as
fast as his legs could carry him. Without looking back, he turned
into another corridor, up some stairs and then into another corridor.
"Well done, Basher!" he croaked over his shoulder as he gasped for
air. "You're so brave! Fancy you hearing me calling for help
... Basher! Basher? ... Basher!!"
Sid suddenly realised that he was all alone. He stopped running and
turned around and peered down the corridor. "Basher? Where are
you? This is no time for playing hide and seek! Stop playing
around, Basher!" But, except for the rumble of the ship's engine,
the corridor was silent and empty.
Sid called and called, but there was no reply from his friend and rescuer.
"Oh, Jesus," he prayed, "Please help Basher!" He started back
down the corridor, trying to find his way to the robbers' cabin. But
in the maze of stairs and corridors he totally lost his bearings.
He was getting to the point of giving up all hope of ever finding his friend,
or anyone else for that matter, when he spotted a sign on one of the doors.
It said: "Captain," so Sid took a deep breath and timidly knocked on
the door. At once the door flew open!
I'm very Busy!
"Any news?" asked the captain, "Oh! Who are you, boy? Now look,
go and play your silly little games somewhere else, I'm very busy!"
Sid gasped, "But we're trying to find the robbers!" The captain just
patted Sid on the top of his head and replied kindly, "Yes, yes ... now go
and play, Sonny! Can't you see I'm very busy?"
"But, I know where they are!" spluttered Sid. The captain looked stern,
"That's not funny, young man, this is a very serious business. Now,
be off with you and don't bother me with your games!" The door
slammed in Sid's face and that was that! Poor Sid, his voice drifted
helplessly in the air, "But they're by the engines!"
Sid felt a sob rising in his throat. It was no good. The captain
would never believe a little guy like him! He wandered off, not
knowing where he was going, but knowing that he had to find Basher.
At last, turning into yet another corridor, he suddenly realized that this
was the right one! There at the end was the door to the robbers'
And it was open! Sid caught his breath and flattened himself against
the wall of the corridor and moved cautiously towards the open door.
He was just two small paces away when ... splash! Sid froze.
"Oh, no Jesus!" he gasped, "They've thrown Basher overboard! " Taking
his courage in both hands, he peered round the door ...
Jesus always hears our prayers and answers just at the right time. Do
you think that Jesus had been listening to Sid and Basher's prayers?
(Let the children respond). Well, you'll have to wait until
next time to find out what happened!
Basher's going to Drown!
Sid caught his breath and flattened himself against the wall of the corridor
and moved cautiously towards the open cabin door. He was a mere two
paces away when ... splash! Sid froze. "Oh, no Jesus!" he gasped,
"They've thrown Basher overboard! " Taking his courage in both hands,
he peered round the door.
The cabin was empty, but the port hole was open! Sid dashed across and
looked out. Below him he could see the deep blue sea with waves
chopping its surface. And there floating in the water was a bag!
"Oh no, Basher's going to drown!" he shouted in panic. But when
he looked more closely, it was ... just a bag of rubbish! "That's not
Basher!" exclaimed Sid, "Whew, thanks Jesus! They didn't throw him
He drew back and looked around the cabin. It was a mess! Chairs
and tables lay on their sides and there was a broken lamp on the floor.
Suddenly Sid spotted a slip of white paper lying under one of the
chairs. Sid's fingers shook as he plucked it up and read the writing
scrawled across the sheet: "BACK OFF BOY IF YOU EVER WANT TO SEE
YOUR FRIEND AGAIN!!
Here was the evidence Sid needed!
He grasped the note firmly in his hand and rushed out of the room. This
time, he found his way back to the captain's cabin quite easily. He
banged loudly on the closed door. Once again the door was thrown open
and once again he found himself standing in front of the ship's angry
The Captain Agrees:
"I've got proof! I've got proof that they took Basher! Look!"
And Sid jammed the note under the captain's nose. This time
the captain smiled at the boy. "Yes, Son, I know", he said gently.
"What! You mean you've changed your mind and you believe me
now? And you're going to help?" spluttered Sid as he tripped over
his questions in his excitement. He couldn't believe that the
captain was going to take him seriously.
"Yes lad, I do believe you. You see, I've had a note from the robbers
too. It says that they've got your friend, Basher, and that they'll
dump him overboard if I don't get a helicopter for them. There's
nothing I can do to make them change their minds. The helicopter is
on its way right now!"
Sid could not believe his ears! "What! You're going to let them get
away with it? And what about Basher? How do you know they
won't harm him anyway?" But, Sid's questions were drowned by the
whirring of a loud engine, coming closer and closer. Sid paused for
a split second and then ran as fast as he could towards the staircase
which led up to the ship's deck.
A helicopter was hovering over the ship, and a rope ladder was trailing down
from its open door.
The captain panted up behind Sid, and coming round the side of the deck
were the two robbers! The one with enormous feet was carrying a large,
heavy-looking sack over his shoulder. Sid started running towards the
robbers. "You can't let them get away!" he yelled to the captain,
"They've got Basher!"
They're getting Away!
The captain had changed his mind when he heard from the robbers and it made
all the difference. When Sid came with evidence, the captain listened
to him. We change too, when we ask Jesus to be our friend - not all
at once, but gradually. How does Jesus change us? (Let the children
). Yes, Jesus helps us to make the right choices and live
a better life.
The robbers started to run towards the helicopter's ladder as it swung
above the deck. Sid was not fast enough and a robber had climbed
up and disappeared into the helicopter before he could reach him.
"Stop! Come back with Basher!" yelled Sid at the top of his voice.
The last robber ran towards the ladder struggling with the weight of
the sack. As he grasped hold of the bottom rung of the ladder, Sid
leapt after the robber and grabbed hold of the sack.
"It's all right, Basher, I won't let them take you!" he gasped. The
robber was forced to let go of the sack and scrambled to make his escape.
The sack dropped with a horrible thud onto the deck, and Sid
gingerly opened it and ...
Well, you'll have to wait until next time to find out what happened to
The last robber disappeared up the rope ladder, letting the sack drop onto
the deck with a horrible thud! For a split second Sid forgot the
robbers as he looked into the sack. Was Basher hurt by the fall?
No! The sack was full of glittering, sparkling, dazzling,
Sid leapt to his feet and looked up to where the last of the robbers was
just climbing into the helicopter. "Where's Basher?" he shouted,
"What have you done with my friend?"
"He's hidden away and you will never find him! And he'll soon be dead
as a doornail!" sneered the robber. Sid did not wait to answer back.
Finding Basher was the most important thing on his mind! Oh,
please help me Jesus!" he prayed again and ran back down the stairs and
along the corridor.
Is Basher Dead?
"Basher! Basher! Where are you?" he yelled at the top of his
voice. He shoved open cabin doors to the left and right as he ran.
People came rushing out of their cabins to see what all the
shouting was about. He pushed through them and ran blindly on,
calling and calling for his friend.
Suddenly Sid found himself in front of a door marked: "Stores, Keep Out!"
Sid pushed hard on the door and it flew open. "Basher?" he
yelled. There was a muffled noise from inside a large trunk standing
at the back of the room. "Basher?" he called again. Once again
Sid heard a muffled response, this time followed by a soft thudding sound
which seemed to come from inside the trunk.
Safe and Sound!
Sid ran forward and turned the key which was in the lock on the front of the
trunk. He pushed up the heavy lid and peered inside. And there
was Basher! Safe and sound but firmly gagged and bound. "Oh,
thank You Jesus!" he murmured as he untied his friend and threw his arms
around him in relief that he was unharmed.
"Yuck! Get off me! We've got to find the captain stright away,"
yelled Basher, "Have I got news for him!" "Basher," said Sid weakly,
"The captain knows. I've managed to rescue the jewels, but the
robbers have got clean away!" Basher grinned, "Oh, no they haven't!
I managed to give them the slip just long enough to make a quick
phone call to the police!"
Basher excitedly went on, "They were inside that helicopter and would have
arrested those robbers as soon as they climbed aboard!" "Oh, Basher,
you're a hero!" cried Sid. At that moment the captain appeared in
the doorway, closely followed by Sid's Gran. The captain was
delighted. Basher was safe, the robbers had been arrested and the
jewellery had been returned to the rightful owners.
"Thanks to you two, everything has turned out all right," the captain beamed
at them, "I don't know how to thank you ... but for starters I am going to
give both of you, as well as your grandmother, a free cruise for a whole
week! And you and your Gran are invited to be my guests of honour
every day at the captain's table." And he made sure that Sid and
Basher had the best holiday ever!
So everything worked out all right in the end - but only because Sid and
Basher's friendship meant that they were committed to each other.
They stuck by each other and helped each other out. Sid's prayers
and trust in Jesus kept them safe and helped them during their dangerous
When we ask Jesus to be our Friend, He never leaves us and is totally
committed to us and will never leave us. When we call out to Jesus,
He hears us and will help us. But we also need to do what the Bible
teaches us and please Jesus in all we do and say. As we come to know
Him, God will gradually change our lives and make us more and more like
Like Sid and Basher, we also need to be committed to our friends, and care and
help them when they are in need. Can your friends really trust you?
I hope so!