Object Lessons

The Book Without Words

Objects: A large Wordless Book, several feet high and several feet wide—made of colored papers—black, red, white, green and yellow.

I suppose boys and girls, that every one of you have some books of your own at home, haven't you? Books with lovely stories and beautiful pictures? Now, I have a book here with me this morning that tells a wonderful story, and yet it hasn't a single word or picture in it. Would you like to hear the story of the Wordless Book? See what a tall book it is! (Show book, turn first page and then continue to turn pages as the message of each page is given.)

Why, the first page of this tall book is BLACK—black as the very blackest object you can think of, isn't it? What does this BLACK page say to you, boys and girls? In God's Word we read, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23) and, "The wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). This black page tells us how black our hearts must look to the Lord Jesus if we have not believed on Him as our Saviour. I am sure that no boy or girl wants a black, sinful heart.

The second page is RED (turn page), red as blood. What a blessed story this page tells! It tells of One who loved us enough to die for us. (Tell the story of Jesus—of His coming into the world—His life and death.) Yes, the red page tells us that "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:7). There is no other way to cleanse sinful hearts, "Without the shedding of blood is no remission of sin" (Heb. 9:22).

We turn from the red page to one that is clean and pure, and WHITE as snow. This is the way our hearts look to the Lord Jesus if we have believed on Him as our Saviour. His blood makes black hearts white and clean. "Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psa. 51:7). I am sure that you would rather have a heart washed clean by the blood of Jesus than one that looked as black as the first page of our book, wouldn't you?

Then there is the GREEN page. The green color tells us of the green grass and all growing things which we see in the springtime. After you have come to know the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, He would have you "grow in grace and in the knowledge of Himself" (2 Peter 3:18). Even boys and girls can do this by taking time to read God's Word each day, and to talk to Him in prayer.

The last page of our Wordless Book is most beautiful. Can you tell the color before I turn the page? Yes, it is GOLD. Gold tells us of that beautiful city, the New Jerusalem whose streets are to be of pure gold (describe Rev. 21:2). Gold also tells us of the glory that we are to share some day with the Lord Jesus. "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory" (Col. 3:4).

Now I'm sure, boys and girls, that you all want to live in this beautiful city some day, don't you? The Lord Jesus wants you to be there, and you yourselves may be sure of going there if your BLACK hearts have been washed WHITE in the BLOOD of Jesus. "Blessed are the PURE in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8).

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