Illustrating the Consequences of Sin in Our Lives
My friend Debby did something like this with her first grade class recently.
- White construction paper
- Strips of colored construction paper
- Glue sticks
- Construction paper with a cross or the word "Jesus" written on it. This needs to be slightly larger than the white paper and laminated on the Jesus side. (Cover it with contact paper or laminate two pieces stacked together and cut them around the edges so they come apart with one laminated on top and one laminated on bottom.)
Illustrate the consequences of sin on our lives. Take a piece of white construction paper and have kids write their name on it. Then give them strips of other colors of construction paper. Have them write sins on the strips. If they are focused on sin in general, try to bring it home for them. Things like murder are sins, but probably not one your kids have actually done. Bring it to their level and discuss the sins they commit. (Have they ever lied to their parents? Stolen a piece of candy? Cheated on a test?)
Have them glue the strips to their paper as you talk. (Glue sticks are fine, but a quick drying glue is best.)
Talk about sin. How are we try to hide it? (Blame, hiding, lying and other sins. Talk about how often sin leads to more sin.)
But also talk about how, by doing good things, we often to try to make up for our sin or to be good enough for God, etc.
Give them a few more strips of paper and have them write the ways they try to hide their sins. Then let them glue those on top of the sin, trying to cover them up. Can they? (Not really, even if you give them more strips.)
In the end, we can't cover up our sin.
So lets try to take them away. Have the kids pull off the sins. (Their papers will rip and tear and look pretty awful depending on how much glue they used. And often they cannot get it off completely.
This illustrates sin in our lives. It leaves us tattered and torn.
But God had a plan to help us. From the very beginning he planned to save us from our sins. Read the prophecy and talk about how it has been fulfilled.
Have the children glue the "Jesus" or cross page over their life (lining it up as perfectly as possible). Talk about how Jesus has defeated sin. His blood covers our sin. You can't see it at all.
(And) Sin won't stick (not permanently) to the new (laminated) page. Jesus makes us clean and his blood keeps us clean.