What's the Big Deal?
This righteousness from God comes through faith
in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came
by Christ Jesus.Romans 3 : 22-24
Print out one each of the
curves shown above onto firm cardboard. (The
bigger the group of children the bigger the curves so that everyone
can see them clearly. They are actually the same size.)
To teach children that all sin
is bad, even those little "white lies." (You may need to
explain what "white lies" are: sins which some people think
are not that bad.)
Ask, "What color is
sin?" (Usually the first answer you get is Black.)
Read Isaiah " 'Come now, let us reason together,'
says the LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as
white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like
Show the class the Red
Ask, “What are some
'bad sins'?” (Clue: Disobeying the 10 Commandments) Wait for
Now show them the white
curve (Little White Lies).
Ask, “What are some 'small
sins or white lies'?"
Place the white curve above
the red curve and show that "SIN" is longer (bigger, worse)
than "Little White Lies"!
Now put the red curve down and start giving some examples of
White Lies." As you mention them, (Ex. Dog ate my homework; Wasn’t
me who ate the cookies, etc.) begin pulling the "Little White Lies" curve
between both forefingers and thumbs as if to stretch it. After 4 or 5
examples, hold the "Little White Lies" curve against the "
SIN" curve, but this time place the red "SIN"
curve on top.
It will appear as if the "Little White Lies" curve has become
longer. After a few oohs and ahs put the one curve behind the other to
show that all SIN is the same.
Go on to tell the children
that everyone has sinned, but through the blood of Jesus we can be
saved if we ask Him to come into our lives.
John 3 : 16
"For God so loved the world that he gave his
one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but
have eternal life."
John 11 : 25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever
lives and believes in me will never die."
Do you believe this?
Wyngaard, initially titled, "What is Sin?"