Denise Day Spencer

August 28, 2006

Children’s sermon: God’s response to evil, part two–His punishment

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 2:34 am

Another in my series of children’s sermons based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:10, 14-15, 21:4

OBJECTS: a balloon filled with air and a straight pin

We talked last time about the fact that God is in control of everything, and can turn bad into good. You may still be wondering, “What about the people who do bad things? What about the devil? Does God ever punish evil?” Yes, He does.

People often are punished by the natural consequences of their sin. This means that when people make wrong choices, they have to live with the results of those choices. If we had a candle burning here, you might tell me, “Don’t touch the fire. If you do, you’ll get burned.” If you told me that and I touched the fire anyway, what would happen? That’s right; I’d get burned. People often have to live with the sadness and pain brought on by the sin in their lives.

But that’s not all. God will someday judge all of us, and we will have to answer for what we have done in this life. People who have followed Jesus will get to spend forever with Him, but people who have rejected Jesus will be forever separated from Him.

And there’s still more. Let’s pretend that this balloon represents all the evil in the world. We may wish the evil would just go away right now. We may try to get rid of it in one place (put balloon behind your back) but it just pops out somewhere else (bring balloon out on the other side). We may try to fight evil (punch balloon with your fist) but we don’t have the power to kill it.

The Bible teaches us that at the end of time, God is going to not only judge people, but also Satan. Then God will even kill death itself! He’s not going to just hide evil or fight it, but He’s going to totally destroy evil. (holding the balloon) Are you ready? (pop the balloon)

Listen to this verse from the book of Revelation: “He [God] will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” Let’s trust God, and wait for that day.

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