Object Lessons

A Door and More

Objects: A capital "H" and a pair of scissors. (Make the "H" by using a piece of white paper 81/2 by 11 inches. Fold to 5 ½ by 8 1/2  inches. Place fold to the left. Cut along the fold ½ inch from it up, 5 inches. Turn to the right, and cut to within 1/2 inch of the right side of the paper, and then straight down. Make the crossbar 1 inch wide. Cut above the crossbar the same as below. Color the front and back gold. Open and color the center red, as well as half way across each of the crossbars. When cut and opened, the center will be a red cross. Pin the folded "H" on the wall with the fold to the left.)

Who can guess what this gold "H" stands for?

"Since it is gold, I should think it stood for heaven, where the streets are of gold."

You are right. This "H" represents heaven before the Lord Jesus came into the world. If you look carefully you will notice that there is no door. Jesus, realizing that there was no door into heaven for sinners, came down to earth, lived a sinless life, and died a sacrificial death on the cross. Then He rose again, and in ascending to heaven He opened the way for all who receive Him to go to heaven, too.

I am going to cut this "H" in two, in order that I may show you what happened. I would not be surprised if heaven seemed spoiled when Christ left, even as this "H" looks spoiled when I cut it in two. (Cut up through the center of the middle bar.)

Look, we now have a red cross, reminding us of the cross on which Christ died. (Pin the cross on the wall with its left arm just above the remaining portion of the "H." This remaining portion is in two pieces, one concealing the other. Turn the top one over toward the left, and place in the proper position to make a new "H," the right side of which will come directly under the right arm of the cross. Open the cut crossbar, to represent an open door.)      

Now heaven has a door, and Jesus Christ can say to all the lost people of the earth, "Come; for all things are now ready" (Luke 14:17). I am wondering if there are those here today who would like to receive Christ as Saviour and find the open door to heaven.

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