Mini Lava Lamp Craft 

Sin Separates Us From God

You Will Need
A glass jar (such as a tall, thin, spice jar, olive jar, etc.) 
Vegetable oil (Represents our sin)
Salt (Represents a Christian, the salt of the earth - Matthew 5:13)
Water (Represents Jesus, The Living Water - John 4:13-14)

Fill the jar with water about 2/3 full. 
Fill remainder of the jar a little less than 1/3 full with the vegetable oil.
Shake salt on top of the oil, slowly. 
Add more salt to keep the lava action going for as long as you want.
The salt moves through the oil and into the water.

Bible Point
As we can see, oil and water don't mix. Today's Bible craft reminds us that God's holy presence can't mix with our sin either---we are separated from God because of it. When Jesus died on the cross he washed away our sin; we were cleansed and made right with God. We can now enter God's holy presence---we can mix with God! 

Our mini-lava lamp reminds us that our sin (the oil) separates us from God. But the good news is that Jesus (the Living Water) came to wash away our sin to join us to God! As the salt (Christian) moves past the oil (sin) and into the water (Jesus), this reminds us that when we are free from our sin, we can move towards Christ!

(Alternate method, add several drops of red food coloring (Jesus' blood) to the water-oil mixture and use an Alka Seltzer tablet instead of salt. The blood of Jesus cleanses our sin, to join us to God.)


"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8.

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ" 1 Timothy 2:5.

"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" Romans 10:9. 

Copyright 2000 S.A. Keith

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