Object Lessons

Pure Gold

Objects: A gold ring, a cheap ring from the five-and-ten-cent store, some nitric acid, and a swab made with a toothpick and cotton.

Which one of these rings would you like to have? One looks bright, the other rather dull. Before you choose, I want you to know that one is real gold and the other is not. Most of you have chosen the bright shining one.

There is a way to find out which is gold, and which is an imitation of gold. I will dip this swab in acid and show you how to make the test.

This dull-looking ring is not changed by the acid. It is real gold. Now we will test the bright-looking one.   Immediately it turns green, showing that it is
not real gold.

As we have been making this test, I have been reminded of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was taken into the wilderness and tempted by the devil, in order that it might be shown that He is the sinless Son of God. If He had not been the Son of God, He would have come forth tarnished by sin, as all human beings are; but the fact that He did not sin proved that He was God's sinless Son.

"For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15).

How glad we should be that Jesus Christ is without sin, for otherwise He could not be our Saviour.

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