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A Bible object lesson is similar to how Jesus taught with parables in that it takes something from our everyday lives and causes us to see a spiritual lesson.
A simple box of eight crayons can teach an incredible Bible lesson that includes basic doctrinal truths about Christ and His relationship to us in a way that helps us remember them.
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Have a box of eight crayons to show and additional crayons of each color so that each person can hold one. If you can have complete box for each person, that's even better!
For optional activity, you'll need some M&Ms & Skittles in a bowl with a serving spoon for students to use getting the candies, or have a small bag of candy for each student to use.
Hello! I have brought a box of eight crayons with me today! Can you name what eight colors the box holds? (Give time for students to name the eight basic color crayons.)
Look at all the pretty colors! There is a purple, orange, pink, blue, green, yellow, brown, and black. Wow, God was so creative when He created colors!
Ask each student to name their favorite color and something God made that is their favorite color.
Did you know that these eight colors can remind us of some wonderful truths about Jesus?!
I'm going to pass around some colors so you can hold your color up when we talk about it during the object lesson.
PURPLE: If you have Purple crayon, hold it up for us. Purple is the color of royalty; it helps me remember Jesus is the King of Kings & fully God and when the Bible begins with “In the beginning God…” Jesus was there in Heaven ruling as God the Son!
John 1:1-3 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him…”
ORANGE: Anyone holding an Orange crayon? Orange is the color of some types of dirt or clay; it helps me remember that Jesus came to earth as fully man. He left Heaven and came to live as a man here on earth yet He never sinned.
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
RED: All reds hold your crayon up! How many things can we name that are red? When we see red, it can also remind us that Jesus died on a cross to pay for our sin. Jesus did what we couldn't do. He was both God and human, yet He had never sinned. Red reminds me of God's great love for us!
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
BLACK: If you're holding a black crayon raise it high! The Bible says we are helpless and dead in our sin without Jesus. Black reminds me that Jesus was put into a pitch black tomb and was dead for three days. He experienced the punishment for our sin, but sin could not hold Him! God raised Jesus from that grave and He still lives! Because He lives, we can have eternal life too! Black reminds me Jesus has conquered sin, death and darkness!
Acts 2:24 "But God raised Him from the dead, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power."
BROWN: Everyone with a brown crayon hold it up. Brown reminds me of chocolate; it is so yummy!
Think about M&M candy. Without the chocolate, an M&M is just a fragile shell with really no taste. In the same way, without God's love, without Jesus, our lives are fragile and empty too. Without Jesus, we are empty and hopeless. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves; it is God's gift we must choose to say "Yes!" to, or we are saying "No, I don't want it."
1 John 5:12 “He who has the Son, has the life. He who does not have the Son of God, does not have the life.”
GREEN: Green is the color of the grass, trees and so many other things that grow. Green reminds me of the new life Jesus gives me when I trust Him as my Savior and it also reminds me that I continue to grow in knowing Him as I study the Bible, pray, serve & obey Him.
Ephesians 2:8-10 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
BLUE: Stand up with your blues! Blue makes me think of the sky and the air around us. We can’t see the air, but we can see its affects when the wind blows and moves the leaves or we feel the breeze. This reminds me that Jesus is always with me through His Holy Spirit although I can’t see Him with my eyes.
John 14:16-17 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you."
YELLOW: Hold up your yellows! Yellow is like the sunshine; hold up your crayon if it's yellow! It reminds me of Heaven full of light and warmth because God is there. God promises that if we trust in Jesus as our Savior & Lord, then Heaven with Him will be our home one day for eternity.
John 14:1-6 - “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."
Take time to pray and thank God for sending Jesus that we can be forgiven and rescued from sin & hopelessness.
Take each color and give thanks for something God has created that is the same color. Have students voice these too.
Have a bowl of M&M's and Skittles; using both should give you all the colors needed except black. Using a spoon, have each student take a turn scooping up a candy and seeing if they can remember what that color can remind us about Jesus. If by chance your candy mix has additional colors, have students come up with new ideas of how that color can remind us something about God.
Usually neither candy has a black. Ask students if they can identify the missing color and remember what it can remind us about Jesus.
This object lesson activity works well if you give each students a small bag of either candy too.
Find another object lesson on our Object Lesson Index Page.
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