Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from CTA’s latest addition to the Easter lineup, the Journey to the Cross prayer box. The box comes with six special prayer tokens and corresponding devotions that tell the story of Jesus’ Easter victory. The prayer box and other Easter gifts from CTA make it easy to minister to children during the six weeks leading up to Easter!
This devotion starts with a guessing game. The children will guess where you are going based on the items in your story bag. You can make a simple story bag by using a drawstring bag or discarded pillowcase. Before you begin, put items in the bag that would hint you are going to work. Some ideas for you: car keys, lunch bag, briefcase.
I’m so glad you are here today! We are going to start with a guessing game!
I’m going on a little journey. I’ll show you the items from my story bag, and I want you to guess where I might be going if I had these things along (display the items one at a time, allowing children to guess after each item.) Yes, these are things I would take if I were going to work.
Think about the people you know who go to work. Why do they go to work? Do they get something because they work? (Lead the conversation to the fact that people get paid for working.)
Sometimes we use the word wages to mean the money we get paid for working. People work and they get paid a wage, a certain amount of money, for doing it. The Bible uses the word wages in the book of Romans. Listen to the beginning of that verse: The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23 KJV)
The Bible says that if we sin, we should get punishment, death, as a result. We do sin, don’t we?
There has been sin in the world ever since the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God. Right now, you can probably think of something you did yesterday or today that is sinful—something you weren’t supposed to do. Or maybe you knew you should have helped around the house, but you didn’t do it. That is sin, too.
God is good, kind, and holy. Sin is the opposite of good. Our sins make us enemies of God. When the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death,” it means God must punish sin. He can’t just say, “Forget about it!” We need help!
But God loves us. Instead of giving us the punishment we deserved, he sent Jesus to be our Savior from sin. We don’t deserve the gift, but in love, God gives it anyway. The same verse that starts with “The wages of sin is death” goes on to say this: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Listen again as I say the verse. Then say it with me: The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 KJV)
Jesus died on the cross so that your sins would be forgiven. He rose again so that all who trust in him will live in his forgiveness forever!
Let’s pray: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and sending Jesus to be my Savior from sin. Amen.
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