Before you begin this kids’ devotion, practice creating “Fireworks in a Jar.” Here’s how:
- Fill a clear bottle about 3/4 full of warm water. Into a small dish, pour three or four Tablespoons of cooking oil.
- Drop 3–4 drops of food coloring into the oil. If you can, use different colors. Gently mix this with a fork. Then carefully pour the mixture into the bottle.
- Watch for the “fireworks.” The food coloring will sink out of the oil and into the water. It will expand and the colors will begin to mix.
Note: Be sure to experiment with the water temperature ahead of time. If it’s too warm, the reaction will go too fast for the kids to observe it. If it’s too cool, the reaction won’t happen quickly enough.
I am so happy to see all of you here today! We are going to talk about the very, very best day ever and about what made that day so wonderful.
To get us started, we are going to make some fireworks. How many of you like to watch fireworks? (Ask for a show of hands.) Fireworks can be fun! But they can be sort of scary too. All that loud banging and exploding! Our fireworks today won’t explode. And they won’t be up in the sky. But they will be pretty! And we will see them happen right in this jar! (Show the jar with the warm water. Then proceed with the experiment as described above.)
These weren’t real fireworks, were they? They weren’t in the sky, and they didn’t explode with lots and lots of noise. But I hope they were fun for you.
This experiment wasn’t magic either, was it? Anyone who has the recipe can do it. When you leave today, I will send the recipe with you and you can show your friends and family how to do it.
This experiment certainly was not a miracle, either! Who knows what a miracle is? (Invite one or two volunteers to explain. Affirm their ideas, then add this:)
Here’s one way to think about miracles: A miracle is something only God can do. It shows his great love for me and you.
Our fireworks weren’t magic and they weren’t a miracle. I want to read something to you now. It tells about something that truly was a miracle, a Sunday morning miracle. It happened on the first Sunday morning after Jesus died on the cross for us. What day did Jesus die? Yes, on Friday. Listen!
(Read Matthew 28:1–10 to the group, perhaps from a children’s Bible. Or, if time will allow, read the CTA children’s book The Sunday Morning Miracle.)
This was a real miracle! A miracle is something only God can do. It shows his great love for me and you. It wasn’t magic. It wasn’t a trick. It wasn’t an experiment. There weren’t any fireworks.
Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday. Then, he came alive on the first Easter Sunday! Here’s what the angel told the women who came to visit Jesus’ tomb:
He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen (Matthew 28:6 NLT).
Can you say those words with me? (If your group includes younger children, help them repeat it phrase by phrase several times until, together, they can say the entire verse.)
Jesus rose from the dead. Now all our sins are gone! God forgives us. Everyone who believes in Jesus is God’s very own child. Right now, God helps us with every single one of our problems, no matter how big those problems are. And right now, Jesus is getting a place ready for us in heaven. We will live there with all believers forever someday. Jesus said he would rise from the dead, and it happened! It was a miracle. Jesus says we are his children, and we are! It’s a miracle!
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