“2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” Romans 8:2-3
Read the Key Verse with them. Help them understand that Jesus set us free from the law that condemned us to death because of our sins. We could never fulfill that law, but Jesus did and paid the penalty to save our life.
Summary: We have been learning about the first five books in the Old Testament, the books we call The Law. In those books we watched as God gradually, over time, revealed himself to mankind. He allowed us to see that He is perfect and sinless, and also, we saw just how sinful man is. God showed from the beginning that it took the shedding of blood to cover man’s sins. He, at the same time, revealed that He would one day send the perfect once and for all sacrifice to take away man’s sin. Today, we see in Hebrews 10, that that law was just a picture to help us understand just what it was that Jesus had to fulfill completely in order to take away our sins. When we accept the gift God gave us in His Son, Jesus, he then writes His law on our hearts. Then we have no excuse. We know. We are to live our lives pleasing God.
Encourage your students to bring their Bibles and use them!
Emphasis: In the books of the law, we saw the importance of recognizing sin and even the cost of sin – the shedding of blood. It was just a picture for us to understand what Jesus one day did on the cross.
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Ideas for children:
Stickers always work well with children. Often times I watch Wal-Mart or Oriental Trading Company for specials or deals on things I can use for crafts for Sunday School (i.e. foam sheets, Bible Story scene stickers, crowns, stick on jewels, construction paper, etc.). I keep a stash and when I need something, I go search in my stash! Pinterest always has great ideas!
You could have a coloring sheet that goes with the lesson.
One idea for today’s lesson: (See picture below). For this lesson I cut out a very large heart out of construction paper (as big as the whole sheet). We then cut out some preprinted verses (that I had made) and glued them on the heart. We then added stickers of different verses (purchased through Oriental Trading). The idea is to remind them of the importance of hiding God’s Word in our hearts (memorizing Scripture verses).
Refer to the wall in your classroom that has become a mural. Today, have them draw a large heart and write some of God’s commands on it to remind them that we are to write God’s Word on our heart so that we won’t sin against Him. You may also want to let them make a Bible marker with Psalm 119:11 on it to keep in their Bibles to help them remember to hide God’s word in their hearts.
Have them each add anything else they may have brought to add to the wall. Encourage everyone to participate.