The Price is TOO High
Announce a fun event (movie night, ice cream run, etc.) and then announce that anyone who wants to participate must bring a certain amount of money (an amount bigger than they could pay). Talk about how the price has to be paid when they express disappointment. Finally, pull out your wallet and pay the amount that is needed for each one.
Sometimes we use everyday situations to help us understand bigger ideas.
God said a price had to be paid for sin and there was no way we could pay for our own sins. There was only One who could pay the high price – Jesus, who had no sin.
How did Jesus redeem us? Out of love, Jesus came to the earth to give His blood to pay the price for our sins. What an amazing sacrifice He made for us!
Shadow of the Real Thing
Items Needed: Chalk in several colors
Sidewalk or driveway
Early morning or late afternoon sun
Make shadow drawings with your kids. Head outside to a sunny smooth spot. Help your kids find their shadow. (Move arms and legs to see the shadow shape change.) As each one settles on a “pose”, trace it with chalk.
Your shadow is like you – a picture of your size and shape. The tabernacle (built by Moses) was a shadow of the real tabernacle in heaven.
Read Hebrews 9:11, 12.
What did Jesus do? (With His death, He entered the tabernacle in heaven and redeemed us with His own blood.)
Why did Jesus do all this for us? (because He loves us)
What should we say to Someone who has done so much for us? (thank you)
Say a prayer of thanks to Jesus who gave up His life so we can be saved.
Illustrate and review the Bible verse your kids are learning in the D6 curriculum, Hebrews 7:25.
Read the verse together. What does verse tell us about Jesus? (He is the way to be right with God; He is able to save those who come to God; He lives forever to intercede for us; etc.)
Items Needed: two signs, one that says, God and one that says, Man
Demonstrate God’s new covenant, His good plan for us to be saved. Ask for two volunteers. Put one on one side and one on the other of the room. Give each a sign to hold.
Stand by the one holding the sign that says, God and say something like this.
God is in heaven. In heaven, everything is perfect. There is no sin in heaven. If God allowed sin in heaven, it would no longer be perfect. God set the standard – you have to be perfect to enter heaven.
What does it mean to be perfect? Perfect means to never sin – not even one time.
Walk the other side and stand by the one holding the sign that says, Man.
Could you be perfect if you tried really, really hard?
No! No one is perfect, not even the pastor or the best person you know. We all sin. In fact, the Ten Commandments show us that we aren’t perfect. We can try to never tell a lie, but we will fail. God knew that we could never keep all the commands. So God made a new way, a new covenant for us to get to heaven and be close to Him.
Stand in the middle of the two.
God loves us even though we are sinners and made a way for us to be close to Him. He sent Jesus to be the go-between a sinful man and holy God. (Walk to the child holding the Man sign and grab his hand. Bring him with you. Walk to the one holding the God sign and grasp his hand. When Jesus died on the cross, He brought God and man together.
Ask the kids to draw a picture illustrating the Bible verse.