Try these free Sunday school object lessons and lesson plans to teach about Jesus and sins. Sins are sticky. Jesus is like soap. He washes away that sticky sin if we ask forgiveness.
Sunday School Object Lessons: “Jesus Cleanses Us from Our Sticky Sins”
Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 1:9
One cup of syrup, giant pixie stick or cup of granulated sugar, one cup of gravel, warm water, soap and towels.
Place where you have access to warm water. (Note: sticky things will not come off of hands with only cold water!)
SUNDAY SCHOOL OBJECT LESSONS PREPARATION:
Open pixie stick and have other ingredients in their own cups.
Pour a quarter-sized dab of Pixie Stick candy in each child’s palm.
Go ahead! Lick it! Try not to make a mess! Pixie Sticks are mostly sugar. We’ve been told by all the experts that sugar is not good for us. Sugar is a little like sin. It might taste really good to eat sugar, and it might actually feel good committing a sin. For example, if someone makes you mad, and you call them a bad name… it might feel gratifying for a moment, but that doesn’t make it right. When we eat sugar it tastes really good. But it also corrodes our teeth, makes us restless, and later, when our blood sugar drops, it can make us tired and grouchy.
Let’s pretend somebody accidentally stepped on our lunch at school and ruined our sandwich. We’ve got less to eat, and we were looking forward to that sandwich. So we yell at the person: “You are a stupid klutz! I cannot believe you just did that, idiot!”
That’s the “sin” that’s like this sugar in your palm. It tasted good, didn’t it? And it might have felt great to say something hurtful. But now, try to open and close your palm. What has happened?
If you don’t say you’re sorry for a sin and ask God to wash it away, that stick makes things worse—it makes it easier to sin the next time. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” We should. What happens if we don’t?
Add a quarter sized dollop of syrup to their palms.
Now, we’ve got a slightly bigger mess, don’t we? It still tastes good…go ahead! Tell me what it is! Syrup.
So, let’s say you didn’t ask God’s forgiveness for that last thing you did. This time somebody knocks your bike over, and the chain comes off. You remember the look of fear you put on the kid’s face who stepped on your sandwich. It felt kind of powerful having people fear you, didn’t it? You remember that. This time, it’s easier. “How could you be such an idiot! Don’t you even know how to walk? Are you blind? Didn’t you see my bike?”
Now, make a fist and open it. That stickiness is getting to be a mess, isn’t it? But! It still tastes sweet. Taste it again.
But eventually, if you don’t ask God to help you stop, you’ll find it stops tasting good. Sometimes after we’re mean, we go home at night and when we’re all alone in our beds, we remember the hurt on the other person’s face. We know how we would feel if somebody spoke that way to us. What is that icky feeling called when you know you hurt someone else? Guilt.
Go around and put a quarter sized dollop of gravel in each person’s hand.
Now, we’ve got the stickiness of our sin, a greater stickiness because we didn’t ask forgiveness and it was easy to attract another sin. And now we’ve got guilt, and guilt means our sin isn’t enjoyable. It doesn’t taste good!
So, what do we do? First thing to know: It’s never too late to ask for Jesus’ help. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Let’s get rid of this sticky mess, shall we?
Show everyone to the sink. Or if you have warm water in your classroom, put the bowl in the middle of the table with a couple bars of soap. Have children take turns using the soap to get the stick off. You may need a washcloth or paper towels also.
Jesus is like this bar of soap. He’s always available to take away our sins—to keep us from getting sticky and messy and hurting others. Let’s all thank Jesus for his love and forgiveness, no matter how big of a mess we’ve made.
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