How to explain!
The Trinity: God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.
Get three children dressed in white.
One represents almighty God, the creator of everything, Who made us in His image.
One represents Jesus who came to earth to die for our sins.
And one represents Holy Spirit who teaches us all things and puts Jesus in our hearts.
Now throw a white sheet over the three. “This is who God is. He is Jesus, Holy Spirit and God in one.”
Get a child who represents us and Adam and Eve. Put a white sheet or cloak over this child. This child stands next to the sheet which covers ‘God’ ‘Jesus’ and ‘Holy Spirit’.
God made Adam and Eve in His image. They were in God’s presence. There was nothing separating them.
Then they sinned. They disobeyed God.
Take the white jacket off the child. Move him away from ‘God’ (the white sheet with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit underneath)
Place a chair between God and the child. He is separated. He cannot stand in the presence of God any more. God is Holy.
“God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins, so that we can know how to live and to get back to God.”
Jesus comes out from under the ‘God’ sheet and sits on the chair. Jesus holds his hand out with the white jacket to the child.
“If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died for your sins and invite Him to live in your heart, then you are back with God.”
Jesus puts the white jacket or cloak on for the child.
Jesus reaches out with his hand to the sheet and holds God’s hands.
You now have the child holding Jesus’ hand, Jesus holding Gods hand.
“You are connected to God through Jesus.”
Only those who believe in Jesus are back with God. Those who do not accept Him are still cut off from God. When the believer dies he will be totally united with God.
Now we see partially, but one day we will see fully.
Remove the chair and stand the child with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit .
Remember these verses:
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Eph. 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
How to explain
God in Jesus, Jesus in God, and us in Jesus.
John 17 It talks about Jesus saying God in Him and He in God and us in Him. Jesus often talks about this ‘being in’ each other and it always fascinates me and I often draw this 3 layer person in my diaries. To explain this to J-zone I was wishing I had one of those Russian dolls that have lots of dolls inside each other. Then I thought of 3 cups fitting in to each other. I took two solid plastic cups and one paper cup and made holes in the paper cup. God and Jesus are the solid cups and we are the ones with the holes in and only when Jesus and God are in us can we have the Holy Spirit and retain anything that is of eternal value. I will pour water in to the paper cup and it will run out (because we are broken) then when God in Jesus and Jesus in us (in the paper cup) I can pour water in Jesus who is in me and it is retained and I am able to function through him in his righteousness. I think the children will understand the oneness with God and Jesus in this way. I found so many other things I want to talk to them about when I went through my diary and the verses written in the front and back of the Bible
That God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. That His ways are higher than ours. We won’t always understand why things are as they are in our lives but we must trust God because He has the full picture.
First you only hand out these shapes. Children must cut it out and see what they can make out of it. (Some unusual shapes emerge.)
Then after seeing how they try, give them the outline of an elephant and let them stick the parts in there.
Verses: “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NLT
We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall (Proverbs 16:33).
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”
Need: 2 or more dice. A chocolate slab or sweets or better, jelly babies.
The children sit in a circle, or around the table. They say a number and then throw the dice. If the number they said comes up, they get a sweet.
(Hand out the above verses to them to take home. They may stick the verse on a paper and decorate or draw their plans of what they want to be around it.)