I am indebted to a sweet young lady for sharing this idea. I told her I wanted to put it on my blog for the world to see and her words were, “Make sure you show pictures step by step!” So that is what I am going to do. I plan on using this with my Sparks and T&T kids who are Kindergarten through 6th grade. PLEASE feel free to share this or use it yourself. It’s the GOSPEL, an object lesson for kids, and who wouldn’t want to share that?!? The “story words” are mine, but feel free to change them to make the activity fit your group. Adults would think this is pretty cool as well. I sure thought it was!
Materials: 1 sheet of paper. (I’ve used typing paper and construction paper. Either will work.)
Environment: Be in a place where you can sit on the floor and have the kids gather and sit in front of you. Make sure you have enough floor space to move pieces around to tell the Easter story.
The Foundation: (Fold paper while discussing this with children)
“In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Who is the Word? (Jesus) And what does that verse tell us about Jesus? (Jesus existed with God before the world was created and Jesus is God.) If Jesus is God, that means He has all of the same characteristics of God. What is God like? (perfect, holy, good, mighty, kind, patient, without sin) If God is like that, then what is Man like? (selfish, greedy, imperfect, sinful)
What is sin? (Anything that we think, say or do that does not please God.) Who sins? (Everyone) What have you done that is sin? (have kids give examples) The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It also tells us that “the wages of sin is death.” What is a wage? (something, such as money, that a person earns) So that verse tells us that we, all sinners, EARN death because of our sin.
And death equals eternal separation from God. No relationship with Him. There is a verse in Isaiah (59:2) that says, “Your sins have separated you from your God.” Wow. Sin is a problem. And the Sin Problem needs to be fixed. The problem is, man can’t do it. We can try. What types of good things can people do? (share, do kind things, give money to charity, etc) But the Bible says that my righteousness, the good things I do, is as “filthy rags” to the Lord. We can’t fix the Sin Problem, but God can.
What is the rest of the “wages” verse? (For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.) Yes! To fix the Sin Problem, God sent Jesus. And remember, He is like God. Jesus was born like you, only He was without sin. He grew up, lived His life, worked some miracles, preached some great sermons, and then He was accused of saying He was God. The Jews didn’t like hearing that. So they figured out how to get Jesus killed. Crucified. Jesus didn’t fight them. Jesus was nailed onto a cross on a hill called Calvary.
Two other thieves were crucified as well, with Jesus in the middle.
Pilate, the Roman leader who allowed Jesus to die, had a sign placed over Jesus’ head that read, “King of the Jews.”
The Roman soldiers who nailed Jesus to the cross rolled dice and gambled to see who would win Jesus’ robe.
After Jesus died, a soldier took a spear and thrust it into Jesus’ side to make sure He was dead. He was.
Jesus was taken down off the cross and laid in a tomb. Three days later He arose and He appeared to women and the disciples and quite a few others. Jesus was alive.
And He is still living today. “God loves [YOU] so much that He gave His one and only son and if [YOU] believe in Him, then [YOU] will have eternal life.”
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you WILL be saved!” Saved from what? (Hell, eternal separation from God) God wants you to have life. Eternal life with Him. Forever. By telling Jesus that He is Lord, then you are saying to Him, “Jesus, my life is Yours. YOU are my Lord. You are my Master. I am going to learn about your commands and then I am going to obey them.” Believing in Jesus means making a change in your behavior and living a life in His favor.
If the Lord leads, then give the children an opportunity to respond or accept Him. May the Lord use this object lesson for kids, and YOU, to further His kingdom!!
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Wow, this is awesome! I am looking forward to hearing it and seeing the children’s beautiful faces. Just thinking of the kids who just accepted Christ – this just makes me smile and REJOICE that we can speak so freely about our LORD!
Very cool. Takes me back to my own days in Awana…
I would definately have to practice this a few times first to get everything right. But it looks facinating!
BTW have you heard of the stinky sponge analogy?
It’s really neat. I’m having to practice doing everything upside down! No, I haven’t heard about the sponge analogy. 🙂
The Stinky Kitchen Sponge Analogy:
This is for explaining the difference between salvation by good works vs. God creating us to do good works.
(I’ve only talked about this, not demonstrated it, so I will speak hypothetically)
We are designed from the beginning to do good works, Eph 2:10, like a kitchen sponge is designed to scrub dishes. Sin came in like bacteria on a sponge and has infected every part of us, Romans 5:12.
Now, when we try to do good works we are as disgusting as washing the dishes and table with a slimy, stinky sponge, Isaiah 64:6.
The only cure for us so we can again be useful and pleasing to God is to have something/one clean us all the way through Psalm 51:10; Proverbs 20:9.
(this is where some sort of sanitizer, preferably one that smells nice, but strong comes in)
Jesus was the only kinsman redeemer (a story for another day) who was not only clean on his own and but also so powerful He could touch our sin slime and clean us, Haggai 2:13.
All that is left for us is to let Jesus wash us in His blood, Revelation 7:14; I John 1:7.
(drop sponge in cleaner here)
As believers, we can now do what we were first designed to do without making things worse than before, Philippians 2:12.
Have a lovely Easter!!
This is so cool! A friend passed it on to me. We’ll be doing this with our T&Ters this Sunday, and also I’ll do it with our homeschool co-op on Tuesday. Thanks so much!
WONDERFUL!!!! Let me know how it goes! And please pass it on and spread the gospel!
Will do! I’m on a facebook fast right now, but as soon as I go back I’ll be posting it for others to see. 🙂
great ideas everybody
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This is fantastic!
Isn’t it? The kids were so fascinated with it when I did it for them. 🙂
Hi! Thank you for the “Like” on my blog post. This is a super object lesson. I’ve enjoyed being a part of AWANA, too! Blessings, Lori
You are most welcome. Awana has been life changing in my church. God is at work and it is so wonderful to be a part of it!
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Thank you so much for sharing this! I lead the T&T group in our AWANA club and Im going to practice this to use with them 🙂
I practiced this with my 12 year old and I`m planning on presenting this to my nephews and niece when we get together for resurection sunday. It was fun to do and cleverly done. I pray this will have a great effect on the little ones.thank you for shareing the idea!
I hope it went well! May God bless your efforts. 🙂
My son showed me the part with the cross a few years back. I had never seen the words from the scraps. That is incredible.
When my son told it, it went something like this: “There was a man who was so empty inside that he tried to fill his life with stuff; boats (fold over) and houses (fold again) and even planes (fold like a plane). But the man was still empty. Then one day he heard the Geatest Story Ever Told (tear) and the man met Jesus! (Unfold the Cross). Because of what Jesus did on the cross, his life was never empty again.
Just thought I would, share that. Thanks for sharing yours!
He is Risen!
That is a wonderful intro during the folding. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
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Wonderful lesson, wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
I had seem this done once before and was thrilled to see the instructions here. I must be doing something wrong because I don’t see the bottom of the H. I have practised this several times and I still am not coming up with all the pieces to make the H. Thanks for your help!
The “H” in hell? It should be two pieces and they are vertical. There isn’t a bottom piece.