Day: Pentecost 4C
Lectionary Passage: Galatians 2:15-21
Scripture Focus: Galatians 2:16
Object: A cross (the altar cross would be prefect!), a piece of paper with a wavy edge and “Us” written on it, and a piece of paper with “God” written on it
Today, I’ve got a few things with me. The first one is a kind of picture of us before we become friends with Jesus. See how it’s all wavy? Now, this is kind of a picture of God. When I put the two together, they don’t really match up. See, we have all those gaps. That’s because we’ve done some bad stuff that messes us up. That stuff is called sin. And sin keeps us from lining up with God.
But thankfully, God worked out a plan to help us. God decided to send Jesus to help us get connected again. You see when we’re friends with Jesus, that wavy, messy side gets covered up by his amazing love (tuck the wavy edge behind the cross). Because of his help, we have a smooth path to God (put the God paper on the other side of the cross).
And that’s what our Bible story is about today. It’s about the amazing work of Jesus who helps us get lined up with God. Do you want to know the big fancy word for that? It’s called Justification. Let’s say that together: Justification. But, I really just like to think of it as Jesus smoothing over the mess we made so that we can be lined up with God.
Let’s pray: God, thank you for sending your son Jesus to help us. We are so grateful to know you and that’s all because he helped smooth over the messy bad stuff in our lives. Amen.