Object Lesson: Spreading the Gospel

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PROPS: A newspaper

Has anybody ever picked up one of these? It’s a newspaper, isn’t it? Probably not your favorite thing in the world to read, unless you read the comics. But newspapers are very important. Every day, millions of people pick up the paper to learn what’s going on in the world. The first section is usually full of big, important news like what’s going on in America and the world. Then there’s state news, local news, weather, dining, entertainment, and sports. Everything a person might want to know about their world and their community, newly printed and updated every day.

You know, newspapers have been around a long time. Back before television, radio, and the Internet, the newspaper was the ONLY way to find out what was happening in the world. And newspaper companies would hire kids like you, called “newsies,” to stand on the corner. The kids would shout out: “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” to get people’s attention.  There was news to be read.

This newspaper reminds me of some very important news we need to share: the good news of Jesus Christ. You know the story of Jesus is over 2000 years old, but it’s still new today. Why? Because Jesus keeps on changing people’s lives. And even though we have the printed word of God that never changes, Jesus wants us to tell his good news on every corner, in every town.

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gave us the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Remember, when it comes to the good news of Jesus, we are God’s “newsies.” Let us tell the good news until everyone has heard.

Object Lesson: Heaven

open-suitcasePROPS: An empty suitcase

How many of you guys have something like this at home? If you’ve ever been on vacation, I’m sure you or your parents have one of these. We can’t travel anywhere for a long time without packing some sort of luggage, can we? Why not? Because we need clean clothes, right? That’s very important if we’re going to be gone overnight. We’ll need pajamas, and clothes for a new day. What else might we pack? Maybe some toys or books or games to keep us busy?

Grown ups have a lot of stuff to pack as well, like deodorant and razors and hair dryers and makeup. And a lot of grown ups can’t go anywhere without their cell phones or laptops, can they?

Every person is different, and they have a different list of things to pack. But this suitcase is empty. Do you know why? Because this suitcase is for a very special trip. One of these days, we’ll all make the trip from this world to the next. And do you know what the Bible says about that trip? All the clothes, all the toys, all the laptops we have in this world have to stay behind.

You know we spend a lot of time worrying over stuff. We keep a close eye on our favorite toys and stuffed animals. But God doesn’t want us to be attached to earthly treasures. The Bible says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Let’s ask God to help us remember that while we can enjoy the things of this world while we live here, our real treasure is up in Heaven.