Sin is Gross!
A bubble bath has no effect on sin, it's only Jesus that can make you truly clean.
Syrup, crushed crackers
Dirt, water, bar of soap
Water based paint
Paper towels, newspaper
One bucket, four bowls
Approximately 10 minutes
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Before class, crush crackers into fine pieces and place them into a bowl. Place a water-based paint in one bowl, syrup in one bowl, dirt in a bowl, and water in the bucket. Cover the tabletop in newspaper and place the bowls and bucket on top of the newspaper, in the above order.
WHAT YOU WILL SAY:
Today we will be talking about a very important subject, that subject is sin. Simply put, sin is gross! It is not cool, cute or something you want to see how close you can get to before falling in. Sin is vile, unholy and deadly!
(Put your hand in the bowl containing the paint, ensuring that you get a good amount of paint on your hand and then display your hand to the class.) What would happen if we never washed our hands or took a bath? (Allow a few kids to answer the question.)
(Put your hand in the bowl containing the syrup, ensuring that you get a good amount of syrup on your hand and then display your hand to the class.) Our bodies would become dirtier and dirtier. Soon we would begin to smell really bad.
(Put your hand in the bowl containing the crushed crackers making sure that the crackers stick to the syrup on your hand. Then display your hand to the class.) Before long, germs would begin to breed and disease would set in. It would be very unhealthy and we would begin to contaminate others.
(Put your hand in the bowl containing the dirt and once again display your hand to the class.) Our condition would continue to worsen until the final outcome would be death. Did you know that sin affects our spiritual lives in much the same way? We can take a bath to wash the dirt off our bodies, but what can we do about sin? We all sin. A bath cannot remove sin, so does that mean we are all doomed? By the grace of God there is an answer to our sin problem. God sent His only son Jesus into the world to die for our sins. The blood of Jesus will wash away our sins.
(Put your hand in the bucket of water and thoroughly wash the contents of the bowls off your hand using the bar of soap and water.) In Isaiah 1:18 we read, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."
(Raise your hand out of the bucket and show the class that your hand is now clean.)