Object Lessons

Not Guilty

Objects: A pint jar, red gasoline, and clear water. (Cover the jar with light grey paint or paper, with the exception of an opening in the back about three inches wide, and two openings in the front—one the shape of a cross near the top, and the other the profile of a head near the bottom. If red gasoline is not available, clear gasoline may be colored with bulletin red, ground in oil, a color for paints. Put enough clear water in the jar to cover the head, and fill the remainder of the jar with red gasoline.)

In thinking of the words of Christ, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature," we need to remember that the only thing for us to do is to obey. If we cannot go in person, we can go by praying and paying.

Peter was on his way to the temple with John to pray, when a lame beggar asked for some money. Peter had no money to give; but he said, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee." He had the Lord Jesus Christ, who was much better than money, and in the name of Jesus the man was healed.

This jar reminds me of Peter. You will notice that the face on the jar is clear. The cross on the jar is red. Peter was true to his responsibility, because he had given Christ to the lame man. No matter how I shake this jar, the cross still stays red, and the face clear. Each one of us must lift the cross of Christ and tell of His death, if we want to be clear of our responsibility to those who do not know Him as Saviour.

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