Conversations with Jesus: In this episode Jesus meets Lisa Simpson

19/02/09 | Posted by ellen

In this episode Jesus Meets Lisa Simpson at Springfield Elementary to talk over church politics, world faiths and what it’s like to meet Richard Gere.

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 She of Little Faith © copyright 20th Century Fox

Jesus Christ: Hi Lisa, good to meet you ‘in person’ as it were…
Lisa Simpson: And you, wow, I never thought I’d actually get to meet you.
JC: Why’s that Lisa?
LS: Well, I have the greatest respect for you but…
There is an awkward silence, finally Jesus decides to speak
JC: You ‘have the greatest respect for me but’…you didn’t think you’d ever meet me because in season 13 episode 6 (She of Little Faith) you stopped believing in me and became a Buddhist?
LS: I wouldn’t say I ‘became a Buddhist’, I mean, I still believe in you Jesus! It was more that I felt let down by the church – you could say I lost my faith in the church.
JC: You and so many others…
LS: But, I don’t think I have ever stopped believing in you.
JC: I know Lisa, that’s why I thought you’d appreciate the chat.
LS: So, what shall we talk about?
JC: What ever is on your mind…
There’s another pause, then Lisa gets out a list of things that she has wanted to talk to Jesus about…
LS: (Reading) Is it possible to be a Christian and not go to church? How does prayer work? What happens if you can’t forgive (Bart does my head in and I struggle with this)? Why do bad things happen to good people? Where were you for the 3 days between your death and resurrection? Do miracles still happen? How do dinosaurs fit into the Biblical story of Creation? What’s theology all about? Do pets go to heaven when they die? How do I find faith?
JC: Goodness me Lisa you really do have a lot of questions don’t you…
LS: I am not done yet…(Lisa starts to read again but Jesus interrupts)
JC: …I wonder if we might start with some basic principles and see how we get on.
LS: I don’t want basic principles I want you to tell me the answers.
JC: Well Lisa that is not going to happen.
LS: Why not?
JC: Because I am not in the business of telling people how they should go about finding their faith and you are more than capable of working out most of the answers to these questions yourself*. However, I am concerned that you should carry on developing your faith so I am going to give you some hints and hit you with some advice.
There’s a pause as Lisa thinks…
LS: Go for it.
JC: Well…you have been asking a lot of questions, which is a really important step toward faith, but you might like to consider some spiritual guidance.
LS: I am aren’t I? I am speaking to you…
JC: Yes, indeed. But, as I pointed out to Nicodemus “you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God. Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. Only God’s Spirit gives new life.” (John 3:3-8) (see re:jesus for further info)
LS: Jesus, what does that mean?
JC: Lisa, I know that this answer is going to provoke a whole load more questions but I am going to give it a go anyway…
LS: OK
JC: Faith isn’t a moment, it is a journey and you are definitely travelling in the right direction. If you want to have a companion to guide you then the Holy Spirit is there for you. She is the perfect guide for any spiritual journey. Those questions you asked (and all those you have ready to ask, plus loads more you haven’t even thought up yet) WILL get answered - but all in good time. Each step toward faith will help you find the answers and you will enjoy discovering them all the more because you have found them out as part of a relationship and not because someone else has told you what to think.
LS: But, what if I’m not ready?
JC: I am here whenever you are ready.
LS: Really?
JC: Really.
Lisa gives Jesus a big hug and Jesus hugs her back.
JC: Now, I have a question for you…
LS: Yes, what is it?
JC: What was it like to meet Richard Gere?
LS: He’s not as tall in real life as he is in the films.
JC: Oh!

With that revelation Jesus hugged Lisa again and urged her to keep in touch. They carried on chatting as Lisa showed Jesus round her school and introduced him to Principle Skinner. After recess Lisa waved goodbye to Jesus at the school gates. 

* Despite being only 8 years old Lisa is a member of MENSA with an IQ of 159!

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I loved the story of the journey of faith.

Thank you for confirming that I always have The Holy Spirit as my companion.

As I journey along now, I wonder how many others have found this comfort?

#1. By Annie Roberts on February 20, 2009

Hi, does that conversation really appear in an episode of the simpsons (if yes, I would be really interested in knowing which one it is?) or is it your invention?

Thank you!
Marc

#2. By Marc on February 23, 2009

Hi Marc, I know it is difficult to believe but I invented this conversation! Thanks for the compliment. xxx

#3. By ellen on February 23, 2009

Who says that such coincidences don’t exist. All these ideas must be out in the ether!

#4. By Annie Roberts on February 23, 2009

Well congrats! Keep connected to the Lord.

Marc

#5. By Marc on February 24, 2009

thanks marc…and you. xxx

#6. By ellen on March 13, 2009

If only this conversation really took place on the Simpsons, it would be one of my favourite episodes.
Praise the Lord and his saving grace.

#7. By Kurtis on October 17, 2009

That’s kind of retarded, no offense.

#8. By kusotarre on March 05, 2010

I was Googling for a picture of Jesus from The Simpsons when I happened upon this post about Lisa & Jesus.

Wow! Excellent writing! You totally had me. The whole while I was like this is amazing, how come I don’t remember seeing this episode? So you had me!

You didn’t give me the picture of Jesus I was looking for, but you certainly did inspire me. Great work!

I run a blog where I post daily readings from C.S. Lewis. I’ve been using Homer Simpson pics to illustrate a character from the Screwtape Letters. I’m going to include a link to this “episode” of Lisa & Jesus in today’s reading.

If you’d like to see the Simpsons being used to illustrate The Screwtape Letters, please check it out: http://merecslewis.blogspot.com/2010/08/snippet-from-screwtape-letter-23-cs.html

#9. By Ken Symes on August 15, 2010

Thanks Ken for your link to this script. You’re right, it is really cool. I see how you could be taken in.

Ellen, you did a great job writing this up. It would be cool if you could find a Simpsons artist to draw a pic for you. Well done! I’m going to see if you’ve done more of this kind of thing because you really nailed it with Lisa Simpson!

#10. By Scott S on August 16, 2010

thanks Ken and Scot for your encouraging comments. Glad you liked it. xxx

#11. By Ellen on August 16, 2010

I came back to read this script again! It’s so good. I can totally hear Lisa Simpson when I read it. You captured her voice so well in this writing.

You made it so relevant. Didn’t Anne Rice just say something that sounded a lot like what Lisa said in the script: “I wouldn’t say I ‘became a Buddhist’, I mean, I still believe in you Jesus! It was more that I felt let down by the church – you could say I lost my faith in the church”?

Ellen, I’d be interested in re-posting this script at my blog: Samaritan XP. Let me know if that’s a possibility.

I really like the advice Jesus gives to Lisa: “Each step toward faith will help you find the answers and you will enjoy discovering them all the more because you have found them out as part of a relationship and not because someone else has told you what to think.” And the hugs at the end are awesome!

#12. By Ken Symes on August 28, 2010

Hi Ken
thanks for the feedback…you’re welcome to post this on your blog. I’d appreciate it if you linked back to re:jesus and mentioned my name - just Ellen will do. The link to here is very important as it would be great for people to browse this site if they are looking for any info about Jesus!
much love and every blessing
xxx

#13. By Ellen on September 03, 2010

Thanks so much, Ellen.

I’ve had some different things going on at my SamaritanXP blog, but this week I responded to the Vatican newspaper which claimed that Homer Simpson and Bart Simpson are Catholics!

Having just posted an article titled “Homer Simpson is not Catholic nor Anglican, but he just might be an average American Christian”, I think this would be a perfect time to post your excellent Conversation with Jesus. I will link back to this site and give you credit, just as you asked Ellen.

Check it out, starting Friday, and please let me know if you’d like me to adjust in any way. Thanks again,
Ken Symes

SamaritanXP: Jesus Meets Lisa Simpson

#14. By Ken Symes on October 21, 2010

Ellen:

There’s been good response to my posting of your script at my SamaritanXP blog. Thanks again. This is an excellent piece of evangelistic creative writing.
Ken Symes’ repost of Ellen’s Jesus Meets Lisa Simpson

If you ever feel inspired to write in-character for Lisa Simpson again, I’d love to see what you could do with those clips from The Simpsons which show Lisa becoming the President of the U.S. What would her Christian reflections be on her role and agenda as POTUS? Might be too controversial… but that’s what The Simpsons are all about wink

Thanks again,
Ken

#15. By Ken Symes on November 07, 2010

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