If we fell off a large ship into the ocean, we would need someone onboard to throw us a lifesaver! There would be no way that we could scramble back in without it.
The same is true with our situation in life. We are born "over board" and under the curse of sin (Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5). But the Father sent Jesus to be our lifesaver. And He is the only one who can bridge the gap between our souls and God.
There are not multiple life savers. There is only ONE.
As I plan our little summer lessons, I am trying to use visuals that may serve to remind our girls of the things we've talked about. Is it too much to expect that when they see Band-aids in the store, they might remember our lesson on the Great Physician? Or if they see Life Saver candies they might think of their true Life Saver? Well, that remains to be seen, but a Mom can always hope. :)
Since we've not had these Life Saver candies before, I thought they would be a fun tool- and like everything else easily accessible at the Dollar Store. The box actually said Life Savers, so the girls and I photoshopped this version to make it singular. Just a part of the lesson, right?
I wrote a couple of verses from the Bible that explain there is only one savior- and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. These were used as the girls copy and memory work.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
I found a cute connection between the Life Saver colors and a few verses in Let's Hide The Word (thanks, Dana!)
RED stands for the blood of Jesus, shed for you and me. "He cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
GREEN is for the Christian growth that draws us closer to Jesus and the eternal life we are promised. (see Eph. 3:16-21)
YELLOW is for the streets of gold we can't wait to see (Rev. 21:21)
ORANGE is orange you thankful for Christ? Let's share the good news with others!
Were they excited to memorize their verses and earn their life savers? You betcha!
Hope you are having a fantastic summer!