“But here is how God has shown love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16
Think about This:
Why did Jesus die on the cross?
Bible Exploration: Genesis 4:16, Mark 15: 33-34, John 18 and 19, Romans 3:23, 5:6-11, 6:23, II Peter 2:4-6
The Bible is like a jigsaw puzzle with every verse being a puzzle piece. Each piece is important and needed . But there is more understanding of the value of each piece when they are connected. Likewise, each verse in the Bible is very important, but also like a jigsaw puzzle, there is more understanding when the verses are connected.
It is easier to put jigsaw pieces together if you look at the picture on the puzzle box. It is also easier to understand the Bible is you know that it forms a picture of God’s love. So if you read what seems to be a scary part, read on because with more of the puzzle pieces God’s love will be revealed. For example, verses in Genesis explain that the penalty for sin is death (separation from God). Romans 3:23 is a verse that says everyone has sinned. So everyone is guilty and has received a death sentence. This is not physical death, but spiritual death (separation from God). But by adding more puzzle pieces, God’s rescue plan is revealed.
In God’s rescue plan, the spiritual death penalty for sin doesn’t change and God demands payment. But a Savior, Jesus Christ pays the penalty for the sins of his children.
The part of the puzzle revealing Jesus paying this penalty shows Him dying on a cross. This part makes us sad, but we can be thankful that He loved us so much that He suffered and died for us.
In the following activity, using a sheet of copy paper, and following steps 1 through 4, you will make a cross. The cross represents a Bible puzzle piece for God’s rescue plan.
FYI: For a little extra, follow steps 1 through 3, and then use step 4B (below). You might tell kids that the cut away pieces is what Jesus protects us from (HELL).