The burden of sin makes it hard to walk the narrow path.
Burdens, Salvation, Sin
Masking tape or yarn
Ten or more books
Approximately 10 minutes
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Use the masking tape or yarn to make a straight line on the floor. Select a volunteer from the class to help with the object lesson.
Have the volunteer hold his or her arms straight out to the side, with both palms facing up. Ask the volunteer to walk the length of the line. Once the volunteer has completed the task say, "That was fairly easy wasn't it? Without the burden of sin in our life it is easier to walk the narrow path, but lets see what happens when we introduce the burden of sin."
Once again have the volunteer hold his or her arms straight out to the side, with both palms facing up. This time place one book on the palm of each of the volunteer's hands and ask them to walk the length of the line again, without letting the books fall. Ask the volunteer if it was harder this time? Explain that the books will represent various sins. Have the children call out sins that they may struggle with.
Have the volunteer return to the beginning of the line and place additional books on top of the book(s) that are already there. Have the volunteer walk the line again. Continue adding books until it is impossible for the volunteer to complete the task without dropping the books. Explain that every one of us sins and it is impossible for us to walk the narrow path with the burden of sin pressing down on us. How can anyone walk the narrow path, the path God calls us to walk, with the heavy burden of sin?
WHAT YOU WILL SAY:
There is good news! Jesus, the only Son of God, came to Earth as a man to pay the penalty for our sin by death on the cross and that on the third day He rose again. Jesus will remove the burden of sin from us if we ask Him. Salvation is a free gift from God for all who receive it through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
In Mathew 11:29-31 Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”