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I’m so glad you are here today! We are going to talk about some very, very important things—the most important things of all!
To get us started, I brought some of these. (Display a collection of erasers: whiteboard erasers, chalkboard erases, pencils with erasers, and various pencil topper erasers) What are they? Yes, these are erasers of different kinds. Why would someone use an eraser? Right! When we are working on a math problem, for example, we might make a mistake in adding or subtracting or multiplying or dividing. Then, we would use an eraser to take away the mistake and put the correct number in its place. I’m glad we have erasers! They are very helpful tools, aren’t they?
Everyone makes mistakes in math from time to time—even grown-ups. As we balance our checkbooks or figure out our income tax, we can always erase and recalculate. We can fix math mistakes.
But there’s a kind of mistake no one can erase or fix. The Bible calls that kind of mistake “sin.” When we hit someone; when we lie to our mom; when we say mean words about a friend; when we play a video game instead of doing our homework; when we see a way to help someone, but ignore it; when we use God’s name carelessly; . . . all these “mistakes” are sinful. Even if we had the biggest eraser in the world, we could not erase our sins.
Now, here’s the scary part: God is just. That means he always does the right thing, and in justice, God must punish sin. He can’t just say, “Forget about it!” That wouldn’t be fair or just.
Still, God loves us! Despite our sin, he has loved us forever! We could not erase our sin, but God found a way to do that. Isn’t that exciting? Our heavenly Father sent Jesus to earth to take our punishment for us. While Jesus was hanging on the cross, he prayed, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34). The Bible says: This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:10). The Bible also promises, Everyone who believes in him [Jesus] will have their sins forgiven through his name.” (Acts 10:43).
Let’s pray about that: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to erase every one of my sins! Thank you for your love. Help me each day to live more and more as your dear child. Amen.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.