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Isaiah 1:18; John 1:29; 1 John 1:7; Matthew 23:26
- Sheet of Paper
You will be making a paper snowflake so you may want to practice if you have never made one before. If you are teaching a class of kids you could also hand out pieces of paper and have them make the snowflakes as well.
(Take out the piece of paper and being to fold it and cut it into the shape of a snowflake. You can do this while you talk.)
Have you ever made a paper snowflake before? They are a lot of fun to make, and they are a great way to decorate your house for winter. There is nothing so beautiful as freshly fallen snow. It is so white and pure. Whenever I see snow, or when I make a paper snowflake I think about Psalm 51:7 where is says “Wash me and I will be whiter than snow!”
Snow is very white isn’t it? Can you imaging anything more white than snow? God says that when he forgives our sins we are even whiter than snow!
Snow may look very white, but did you know that each snowflake has a dirty secret? When snowflakes form it actually forms around a very tiny piece of dust. The ice crystals grow on this piece of dust and it becomes a beautiful snowflake. But even though the snowflake it beautiful and white on the outside it is dirty inside. Many people are like that. They look nice and clean and happy on the outside, but inside they are sad and full of sin.
Jesus wants to clean us of that sin. He wants to save us and forgive us. He does not just want to clean us and make us look nice and white like a snowflake though. He wants to clean us on the inside. He wants to take that dirty heart and make it clean.
Jesus wants to make us not AS white as snow, but He wants to make us even WHITER than snow!
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2 Corinthians 6:14
1 Corinthians 15:33; James 4:4; Ephesians 5:6-14; Philippians 2:15; Psalm 26:4-5
- Two clean T-Shirts (You could also use two towels if you wanted.)
Take one of the T-shirts and rub wet paint and grease all over it. You can bring it in a plastic or paper bag.
Do you like my t-shirt? It is brand new and perfectly clean! This is just like our heart when Jesus forgives us. He makes us perfectly clean inside. He removes all of our sin and stains.
Now what do you think would happen if I saw my friend and he had just finished painting his house and working on his car and he was all filthy. (Take out the dirty shirt.) What do you think would happen if I have him a hug? Do you think that all of my clean would rub off on him? You don’t? Why not?
(Take the dirty shirt and rub it against your clean shirt.)
My clean shirt didn’t make this dirty shirt clean did it? The dirty shirt made my clean on dirty!
The Bible asks us in 2 Corinthians 6:14 what fellowship light can have with darkness and warns us in 2 Corinthians 6:17 to not touch something unclean! Why? Because usually our good does not rub off on them but their bad habits rub off on us.
If you have a best friend that always swears or lies or steals you may start doing that soon too! We will often pick up other people’s bad habits.
We should not totally isolate ourselves because God wants is to share our faith, but we have to be careful because if we are best friends with someone who is far from God they will often pull us away from God too.