Dissolving paper is a tangible way to teach kids that when Jesus forgives sin, it is gone. The sight of paper dissolving before their eyes makes the lesson memorable. The dissolving paper can be purchased from magic stores or plumbing supply places.
Jesus Forgives Sin
Supplies: plastic Easter eggs, dissolving paper, pen, clear container (drinking glass works), water, red food coloring
Preparation: Place a couple drops of red food coloring in the container filled with water. Write “SIN” on small pieces of dissolving paper. Place the pieces of paper inside the Easter eggs. Hide the eggs in the room.
Have the children find the Easter eggs- one egg per child- and open the eggs.
What is written on the piece of paper hidden in your egg? “SIN”
Let’s see what happens when we drop the piece of paper into this red water. (Have the children take turns dropping their paper into the water and watching it dissolve. You might have to stir the water with a spoon.)
The red water symbolizes Jesus’ blood. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He took our sins on himself.
“Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
When we ask Jesus to forgive us for our sin, He does. It is like the piece of paper that disappeared. Jesus will not remember that sin.
Take the empty egg with you today as a reminder that the tomb that Jesus was buried in was empty on Easter morning. Jesus died on the cross for our sin but did not stay dead. He rose from the dead. He is no longer in the tomb. He gives us new life when our sins are forgiven.
How would you use this lesson on Easter or the weeks leading up to it?