Object Lessons

The Power of the Cross

Objects: 1. A Fish Bowl containing a white solution made by dissolving 1 phenol phthalein tablet in a glass of water. 2. A red solution made by adding a few drops of ammonia to the above solution. Indicated in story. 3. A white Cross made of boxes, weighted at the base. Small atomizer, containing a small amount of hydrochloric acid concealed inside cross, and this added to the above solution as indicated in story.

Let us look at this large fish bowl this morning, boys and girls. (Exhibit.) You can see that it is partly filled with a pure, white liquid. (See 1 above.) This brings to our minds something very dean, and white, and beautiful. We will let this white liquid picture the world as it was before sin entered. Plants grew without thorns and briars; animals played about with no tendency to harm, or destroy. God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day.

In Genesis, chapters 1 and 2, we read the wonderful story of the creation of this great wide, beautiful, wonderful world. We read, too, of the beautiful Garden of Eden which God made as a home for Adam and Eve. What a lovely place this must have been! (Describe; Gen. 2:8-20.)

Then after a while, how long we do not know, a terrible thing happened. Satan (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:13-19) came to Adam and Eve in the garden as a bright and shining creature and tempted them to disobey God. They listened to his words and disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of "knowledge of good and evil." (Repeat story of Gen. 3.) Sin had entered the world.

Let us look again at this large bowl! Why, the solution has changed color. (Add few drops of ammonia while giving above story.) Sec how red it is! You wouldn't like to get any of this liquid on your clothes, would you? Red is the hardest color of all to remove. Red rags have to be placed by themselves in the paper mills. No acid has been found that will remove this "red" color, so that rags of this kind have to be made into special products, as red blotting paper, etc.

God knew this, and so described sin by this color. In Isa. 1:18 we read, "Though your sins be as scarlet they, shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

So, we will let this red liquid picture the world as it looked after sin entered. Because of Adam's disobedience, ALL men became sinners. (Rom. 5:19.) Romans 3:23 says, "For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God." This red liquid, then, boys and girls, pictures the sins of all the people of the world including your sins and mine.

But Isa. 1:18 says that though your sins be as "scarlet and red as crimson, they shall be as white as snow and as wool." How, then, can this change take place? The object I have here will answer the question. (Present cross.) As I place this cross in the red liquid, notice what takes place! (Demonstrate. Press rubber bulb of atomizer concealed in the cross. Hydrochloric acid changes red liquid to clear,) Ah, the red liquid has become pure and clean! This is God's way of removing sin, and what a wonderful way it is! God so loved that He gave—gave His only beloved Son to die on the cross of Calvary in the sinner's place. "For He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."—2 Cor. 5:21. "In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins."—Col. 1:14.

Yes, the cross tells of the death of the Lord Jesus, and God's way of removing sin. There is no other way. "Without shedding of blood, is no remission" of sin.—Heb. 9:22.

The Old Testament gives a beautiful picture of what the cross will do in any life. The children of Israel in their wilderness journey came to the bitter waters of Marah (Ex. 15). God commanded Moses to Place a tree in the waters, which he did, and they became "sweet." This tree was a picture or shadow of the cross of Calvary, (Gal. 3:13). The cross, and all that it stands for will make a "bitter" life "sweet," and make a blessing of any trial or circumstance.

Have you given the cross a place in your lives, boys and girls? The old hymn says, "The way of the cross leads home," and so it does. Those who have believed that the Lord Jesus died on the cross in their place and stead, not only have their sins "red as crimson" made "white as snow," but are looking toward heaven as their home. Some day they shall be with Him, and live with Him forever in the beautiful home He has gone to prepare.

In 1 Cor. 1:18 we read, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the POWER OF GOD."

So shall we ever give the cross a place in our lives, boys and girls, and as Paul said in Gal. 6:14, seek only to "glory in the cross."

"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I could but loss,
And pour contempt on all soy pride."

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