Friday, September 18, 2015

Sin + How Christ Cleanses It | Bible Object Lesson

I was recently looking for a visual way to portray the Gospel to my group of K-2nd grade AWANA Sparks (but trust me, it's just as effective for adults!)...



I ran across THIS VIDEO on YouTube that used a simple chemical reaction to show how Christ cleanses us from our sin.  I had to do some searching to find what was in each jar, but after finding what the ingredients were, it was simple to get the verses and lesson ready to go!  Here's how I used the illustration (maybe it will save you a little prep time):

Have 3 Glass Jars/Vases (filled and labeled prior to the lesson beginning):

1) Us:  Water  (I used about 10 oz, but be sure your container is large enough to add more liquid to -- mine was half full with 10 oz).
  
2) Sin:  Water + Iodine (enough iodine to make it very dark/blackish)

3) Christ:  Water + Bleach (I added about an ounce of bleach to my 10 oz water)

1.       What is Sin?  Anything we think, say, or do, that displeases God. 
2.       Who sins?  We do!
a.         Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
b.       Romans 3:10 There is none righteous, no, not one;
c.        1 John 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
**Add {some but not all} “SIN” to “US” jar.**

3.       Who is NOT able to sin?  Christ. 
a.        1 John 1:5 God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
b.       2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
c.        Hebrews 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
d.       1 Peter 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot
**Add {some but not all} “SIN” to “CHRIST” jar.**

4.       Our punishment for our sin is death. 
a.        Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned–
b.       Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
5.       But, because God loved us so much, He sent His only Son to die for our sin!
a.        John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
b.       Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
6.       So, when we do sin, we can pray and ask for forgiveness.  Christ washes away our sins. 
**Add {some but not all} “CHRIST” to “US” jar.**

7.       Can Christ wash away all sin, or just certain ones?  What about the really bad sins?  Can Christ forgive and wash away even those?  ALL have sinned…NONE are righteous.  Christ died for the sins of the entire world.  All sin, is sin, in God’s eyes.  He died so that He could justify the sins of each of us…you and me…but also, for the sins of the whole world. 
**Add  {the rest of } “CHRIST” to “SIN” jar. **