Here’s another idea for the upcoming Easter season. Jesus died on the cross, but what does that mean to me personally? This object lesson/science experiment requires some preparation about a week ahead of time, but will totally fascinate the kids…and YOU!
Place an uncooked egg into a glass of vinegar, so that the egg is submerged. Let it set in the vinegar for 24 hours. Pour off all the vinegar and replace it with fresh vinegar. Now, let the egg set for another five or six days in this fresh vinegar. Yes, you read correctly…days! On the sixth day, pull it from the vinegar and gently pat it dry with a paper towel. (You can store the egg in an air-tight container until you’re ready to use it.)
What’s missing from the egg? The shell is gone! But, if the shell’s gone, wouldn’t the “guts” of the egg be running all over the place? No, the egg has changed completely! Every person who has ever lived has disobeyed God. That’s called sin. And, sin keeps us separated from God. Look at an egg right out of the refrigerator. This egg has a shell that keeps us from getting to the egg inside. Let’s say the egg inside represents you, the shell represents your sin, and my hand represents God. God (my hand) wants to hold you (the egg) and have a relationship with you, but the shell (your sin) is in the way.
The shell is like sin; it keeps you separated from God. Now show the egg that has been in vinegar for a week. When you come to God and confess everything that you’ve done out of disobedience, and when you claim Jesus as the One who took the punishment for your sin, then God gives you His forgiveness. He no longer sees your sin (the shell) and He makes you into someone brand new. Now, He can hold you!
It’s a mystery how this egg no longer has its shell, and it’s a mystery how God can forgive our sins and make us new. But, it’s real. He will and He does! The kids will want to see the egg up close and be able to touch it. As they do, encourage them to repeat the object lesson behind the shell-less egg.
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