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An object lesson is a great way to make the most of a snowy day! The science of a snowflake gives a beautiful picture of the beauty of forgiveness and salvation God offers!
Bible verses: Psalm 51:7, Isaisah 1:18, 1 John 1:9, Romans 3:23
Lesson Summary: Just like God can make a beautiful snowflake out of a speck of dust, He can make something beautiful out of us too when we go to Him for forgiveness and ask Him to cover our sins white as snow!
We probably would all agree that snow is beautiful (cold, but beautiful)! We look out and call it a Winter wonderland. Every snowflake is unique and beautiful…but did you know every snowflake begins with a piece of dust? (NOAA - Science Behind Snow)
How beautiful is a speck of dust?! It reminds me of how God can make anything beautiful…including me!
[For this object lesson bring in some snow or show children a picture of snow or a snowflake. Ask how many have seen snow, did they play in it, did they build a snowman, etc.]
In Psalm 51:7, David prays – “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Ever wonder why David felt dirty? Have we ever felt dirty on the inside? Just like every snowflake has that piece of dirt on the inside, the Bible tells us that each and every one of us has dirt on the inside too; it’s called sin. (Romans 3:23) Sin, in simple terms, is disobeying God; it separates us from God. And we’ve all done it; we were even born into it. Not a one of us has lived a perfect life like Jesus.
But like a snowflake, God can take that dirt (our sin), cover it and make something beautiful!
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Is that automatic? No…we have to choose and be willing to take a bath or shower to get clean, don’t we? It doesn’t just happen like an automatic human car wash!
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
This means we have to ask; we have to admit we are wrong and we need God to make us right and clean. When we do, He promises to forgive us and purify or cleanse us.
When the snow falls, it covers things; it covers the ground, the leaves on the trees, our roofs and our cars. Then everything looks white!
Well, God doesn’t cover us with snow, but He covers our sin with the blood of Jesus when we turn to Him. Jesus died for each one of us so that our sins can be cleansed and forgiven, so that we can know God and be in His presence.
God can’t be with sin; He is totally clean. He is Holy and set apart. That’s why there can be no sin allowed into Heaven. That puts us and our sin in a pickle, BUT… Jesus came and made a way for us (the only way)…through Him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
So when we go to God in prayer and ask Him to forgive us and for Jesus to be King of our lives and cover our sin with His blood, His sacrifice, His payment, God will!
Then we’ll be like the snow when He looks at us! We’ll be beautiful and clean and white in His sight because Jesus' righteousness covers our sin. God will see Jesus in us!
Now that’s the ultimate of making something beautiful out of a speck of dust!
Although here in Louisiana we rarely get snow, this Bible lesson will still ring true and offers fun activities to help children, youth and adults remember how amazing God's love is.
As an added activity for this Bible object lesson, you could have children make their own snowflakes!
Object lessons not only are a great way to introduce a concept or Bible lesson, they also help with the retention of what's being taught by connecting a tangible object with it so anytime we then see that object our memory of the lesson is stirred again.
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