sin bible object lesson

sin bible object lesson

In Matthew 9, Jesus told the paralytic his sins were forgiven; then he told him to rise up and walk. This Bible object lesson will give children an opportunity to see how wise choices are freeing, but wrong choices – sins– can be very binding; however, Jesus has the power to set us free.

JESUS HEALS AND FORGIVES: A Children’s Bible Object Lesson

Sins Can Tie Up Your Life; Jesus Can Clip You Free
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: MATTHEW 9

 

BIBLE OBJECT LESSON MATERIALS

Lesson:
Masking tape, fat
Kid scissors

SCRIPTURE
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
Matthew 9:1-8

1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a
paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your
sins are forgiven.”

3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is
easier: to say, “˜Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, “˜Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the
Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your
mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled
with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

 

SERMON
(TEACHER’S WORDS IN BOLD)

Read the scripture passage. Ask for a volunteer:

Who wants to pretend to be Jonny? All you have to do is sit in this chair for now…

Have a volunteering student sit in a chair at the front of the group.

When Jesus saw the paralyzed man, his heart went out. He wanted to heal him. He said two very important things. The first was, “Your sins are forgiven.” The second one was “rise up and walk.”

He told the man to rise up and walk so they would believe him about this first thing that sounded  very weird to them – that Jesus had the power to set men free from sin.

We don’t often like to think of the word “sin.” It brings up bad thoughts of not being perfect and  maybe even getting in trouble. Many places in the Bible, Jesus tells us to try not to “commit sins.”

Sin “ties us down.” Let’s take a look at some of the ways we get into trouble.

Meet Jonny.

Point to the volunteer in the chair.

Last night, Jonny’s favorite TV show was on. It made him not want to study for his test today; he  wanted to watch TV instead. Not studying is laziness. We’d all rather watch TV, but we need to get our important things done first. But first, Jonny was lazy.

Take a long piece of tape and wrap it a couple of times around Jonny’s waist so that he’s tied to the chair.

Tear the tape end from what’s wrapped around him, and go back to speaking.

So today, he was not prepared for that test. But! A very smart little girl was sitting beside him.  Ah…this could be easy. All he had to do was see what she had written and copy those answers….
This is called cheating.

Wrap tape around Jonny’s thighs and around the chair a couple of times so that now his legs are  immobilized.

Cheating is easy. But it makes you feel guilty. It also rearranges the test scores of everyone in the  class. Jonny might be able to come up with an A, simply by cheating. It will make people think he  is more prepared than he is with this work.

And guess what?? The teacher didn’t see him cheat. So now, he’s getting that A. It doesn’t really  look like this sin is tying him down. But! The following week, the math he was tested on is needed  to complete the new math lessons. It was basics. Because he didn’t learn these basics, he has no  idea what’s going on with this harder stuff.

Wrap a piece of tape around Jonny’s shins and around the chair legs so that his lower legs are immobilized.

Now Jonny is in real trouble. He doesn’t get the new math at all because he hadn’t learned the old math. And this math will be on the final exam, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. That is a  very big and important part of his grade.

Well, he figures…I got away with cheating last time. Maybe I should try it again.

But for one thing, Jonny still feels guilty. He knew he would have felt a whole lot better just learning the stuff. And guess what? That silly show he watched instead when all this started…he can’t even remember what happened on it! And his guilt has made him in a bad mood. In the lunchroom, somebody steps hard on his foot. Instead of saying “ouch” he said, “Watch it! Are you stupid or something?!” He hurt somebody’s feelings, when it was just an accident.

Tape Jonny’s chest to the chair, going around a few times, then tear the roll off.

He should have apologized to the kid he called stupid. He wanted to. But he was bothered by the question, was he HIMSELF stupid? In math? He didn’t really know…because his grade wasn’t
real.

Just before the final exam, he heard the word “stupid” coming from someone nearby. He thought for sure the girl was talking about him. He pushed her books off her desk and scared her saying, “Who’s stupid? You calling me stupid?”

Tie a piece of tape right across Jonny’s knees.

Sin is a lot like this tape and this chair. The more we do, the easier it is to do more. Sin is slippery.  You slide a little, and it causes you to slide a lot.

This is why the Bible tells us to try to do the right thing always. Where did Jonny first go wrong?

He was lazy. He didn’t do his homework.

And what did his laziness cause him to do next?

It caused him to cheat.

And after he cheated, he didn’t really know the material, so what happened in the weeks’ following?

He got more and more lost.

Then he started to doubt himself. And that made him mean. Do you see how one thing leads to another?

Yet nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. If ever we’re lazy or dishonest, what’s the first thing we should do? Who should we call on for help?

We should ask Jesus for forgiveness.

When we ask Jesus for forgiveness and help, he starts to free us from the traps we’ve gotten ourselves in.

Take out your kid scissors and cut the masking tape around his chest.

And we should ask Him for the way out. Jonny could have gotten up really early the next morning and made up for his laziness instead of getting that extra hour of sleep.

Cut another row of tape and free him some more.

Later on, with courage from Jesus’, he could have apologized to the kids he upset.

Cut another row of tape and free him some more.

At any time, he could have gotten help in math to try to catch up on what he missed. He could have even confessed what happened to the teacher. Some teachers are very forgiving and would have helped him, like Jesus would have. If not, then at least his guilty conscience would have been clean.

Cut another row of tape and free him some more.

These scissors are very much like the forgiveness Jesus offers. Jesus said to the paralyzed man, your sins are forgiven. Sometimes part of forgiveness is making amends for the things we have done. We’ll look at that next. For now, let’s finish showing what Jesus can do”¦

Finish cutting tape…

Your sins are forgiven! Now rise up and walk!

 

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