Object Lessons

Consider the Lilies

Objects: An Easter Lily and a Lily Bulb.

Pure white lily with its calyxes of gold always blooms for us at Easter time, boys and girls, reminding us anew of our Father's love and care.

When here upon earth, the Lord Jesus one day said, "Consider the lilies of .the field:" So let us look at this beautiful Easter lily. I am sure it has a message for each of us. (Display Easter lily.)

It was once a dark brown bulb (show bulb, speak of color, size, etc.) with no beauty at all. You have seen the bulbs before, haven't you? And perhaps some of you have planted them.

Could anything beautiful come from the little brown bulb? Ah, yes, when we remember that our Heavenly Father is concerned with even little, brown, ugly bulbs. If you have ever planted a lily bulb you will remember how you waited and nothing seemed to happen at all—that is, nothing that you could see; but after a while a little green blade or shoot was seen peeping up above the earth-bed. Each day the little blade seemed to grow taller and taller and soon became a lily stalk with cool, green leaves like these (Designate). Surely our Heavenly Father was good to give us even this beautiful green plant—but this was not all.

One day you noticed a bud, a lily bud, didn't you? How eagerly you watched your lily plant then. Your watchfulness and care were soon rewarded—your lily bud had burst into blossom and you had a beautiful lily, like this one. (Designate.) The little brown bulb had become your beautiful Easter lily, shedding forth the rarest of perfumes.

Again the Lord Jesus spoke of the lilies and said, "Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

What a transformation—from dark brown bulb to a beauty, surpassing the costly robes of a King. Yes, a miracle has been wrought by our Heavenly Father and if He cares for the lily, which can only shed its beauty but a few days, how much more shall He care for and provide for you, His dear children, for whom He gave His only begotten Son?

The Heavenly Father who changed the ugly, brown bulb into the most beautiful of flowers can also change the lives of boys and girls. He wants to snake us all "new creatures in Christ Jesus." As the little lily blade shot upward from the dark earth, so we must turn our faces heavenward to the Lord Jesus. Believe on Him as the one who died on the cross to be your Saviour, and the change is wrought. "Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new." His blood washes all our sins away, and in His sight we become as beautiful and pure as the lily, shedding forth the perfume of His love and grace.

The lily has yet another message. The Heavenly Father called forth the lily flower from the dark earth. Some day the Lord Jesus will call us unto Himself and then what a transformation! (1Thes. 4:13-18.) His word says that we are to be like Him. The change in the lily plant was truly wonderful, as it emerged from the dark, ugly bulb, but how marvelous will be the transformation in us who are so dear to His heart when we awake in His likeness! "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, but it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."—1 John 3:2.

So shall we "consider the lilies of the field" at this blessed Easter season, and let them speak to us' a message from our Heavenly Father.

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