Object Lessons

Ringing True

Objects: Two drinking glasses (one cracked so to give a false note when tapped) and a lead pencil.

Did you know that glasses could be like people?

These two glasses look alike, but they are far from being the same. One is false and the other true. As I tap them with this pencil, see whether you can tell which is the false one. Yes, this one does not ring true. It is cracked. The other glass has a clear tone.

You do not have to talk long with a boy or girl until you find out whether or not he or she rings true.

These glasses remind us of what people said about Christ. He had asked His disciples, "Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?" (Matt. 16:13).

They replied, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." All these statements were false, just as the note from the cracked glass is false.

Christ then asked the disciples, "But whom say ye that I am?"

Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Christ said, "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

Peter's correct answer is like the clear true tone which comes from this glass. What do you say about Christ? Do you say that He was a great teacher and prophet? That is not enough. Each one needs to confess Him to be the Son of God, as Peter did. Which one of these glasses are you like? Are you giving out a true or a false message about Christ?

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