Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Snowflakes, Sin and Salvation

Riddle for the children: (cut a paper snowflake as you ask the question)
What makes no noise when it falls? You have to work hard to get rid of it, but it runs away when it sees the sun. It is born cold and dies warm. (answer: a snowflake)

Did you enjoy the snow this week? Newly-fallen snow looks clean and white, and everything it covers looks clean and white, too (even if it is just a garbage can!) Does snow have any light in itself? How does snow look when the sun shines on it? It sparkles like little diamonds when it reflects the light of the sun.

Can you think of any other things we can find out about snow?
It is made of water
It is cold
It comes from above
Job 37:6a "For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth…"
Job 38:22a "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?…."
Only God has the power to create the snow and make it fall to the earth!

Would you like to take a bath in snow? Why not?
How do you feel after you take a bath in warm water?
Why do we take baths?
Can you be clean on the outside and still "dirty" on the inside?
What makes you feel dirty inside? Sin does.

The Bible says we are all sinners…dirty inside because we disobey God.
Taking a bath doesn't clean us inside…even being baptized doesn't make us any cleaner. Only the blood of Jesus can make us really clean enough to stand before God in heaven. Psalm 51:2,7b "Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin…..wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

When we believe that Jesus died for us and trust Him to take away our sin, the Bible says that we become "saved", and then we are called believers or Christians.

But…even believers often still disobey God after they have trusted Jesus' blood to save them. That doesn't mean they are no longer Christians…but they have hurt God's Holy Spirit and should tell Him that they have disobeyed.
I John 1:8-9 says " If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Snowflakes remind me of 1. God wonderful power to create 2. God's wonderful power to save me from my sin 3. God's wonderful power to forgive me and keep me clean even when I still sin and disobey Him.

Give each child a snowflake and piece of paper to draw a snow scene showing God's power to create and His power to save and forgive.


  1. Hey,
    My name is Jedidiah Mason and I'm from Mesquite, Tx.
    I noticed this Bible lesson and would like to request permission to use your ideas for the children's class I teach at my church.


  2. @Jedidiah--You are welcome to use any of this material for your ministry at your church. I pray that God will bless the outcome.