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Forgiveness Of Sins

Children's sermon
... Let the Children Come
Fifty-two Object Lessons For Children In Worship
Object: 
Erasers or pencils with erasers
Good morning, boys and girls. Ever make a mistake? I've made a great many in my lifetime. What kind of mistakes have you made? (Take four or five responses.)

Well, today I want to talk about the kinds of mistakes we make when we are doing paperwork, like in school, on a test, or when you make a mistake writing a letter or drawing a picture. If you suddenly think of the answer to a question after you've already written in an answer, what can you do about that? (Response --Someone will say erase it or rub it out.)

When I was a small boy in school I didn't always have an eraser, so I would wet my finger and rub the paper. It made a terrible mess! Aren't you glad that someone invented erasers? Erasers make it possible for us to start over and correct our mistakes.

You know, God has a way in which He deals with our mistakes. Do you know what that is? (Response -- someone will mention Jesus.) Yes, that's it. He forgives us when we confess our sins and failures, and He makes things clean and new in our lives. In fact, the Bible says He blots out our sins. He remembers them no more because the Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our sins.

I'm going to give you this eraser to remind you of this story -- but remember, though an eraser may leave a bit of a smudge behind, the cleansing which God applies to our sins leaves us wholly clean and makes us just like new again. (Give the children the erasers.)

(Prayer of thanks for God's cleansing.)
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