We tried something different.
We set the jar on the table. A plain old mason jar, half full with clean water.
This was what God created. Pure. Clean. Unpolluted. Without Sin
Adam & Eve sinned...
The Israelites sinned...
You and I sinned...
The world was dark. No light was shining.
God sent His Son. The cleaning agent...
He died on the cross...
He washes away our sin....
We are new creations. Clean. White as snow.
We have been washed by the blood of the Lamb. Fully. Completely.
Our water was pretty dark that first day. We each put a drop of sin in the jar. We had a lot of washing to do. We promised to leave the jar at church in our classroom until the next week.
The next week, they gathered around. Eager. Yes, eager.
"What happened to our black water?!"
Eyes grew wide as we pulled the jar out to show them: "You switched it!" "There's no way! That water was black, it couldn't be that clear now!"
"Isn't that what Christ did for us? Didn't He turn our black hearts into something pure?"
"Yeah... but...I just don't believe it could be true..."
Do YOU believe it? Do you believe that Christ could take your very blackest heart, the very deepest darkest sin you've committed, and wash it away completely?
It really does sound too good to be true.
But it isn't.
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1Corinthians 15:2-4