Series: Who is Jesus
Theme: Jesus, The Lamb of God
Lesson Number: 2 of 4
Lesson Title: What is Sin
Memory Verse: ROMANS 3:23; For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
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ELEMENTARY LESSON: WHAT IS SIN; Theme: JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD
Have you ever noticed that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t be perfect. You want to be good and kind and honest all the time but then you did something that you knew was wrong. Maybe you lost your temper and got into a fight. Maybe you told a lie or took something that did not belong to you.
Deuteronomy 5:7-21; Are the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses after the Children of Israel left Egypt. God wrote these commandments on stone tablets and gave them to Moses. When Moses saw that his people were already breaking these laws, he broke the tablets in anger. God then told Moses to write them again and put them into a special wooden chest. (Deuteronomy 9:10&11 and Deuteronomy 10:1&2) As the Children of Israel travelled in the wilderness, these tablets in the special chest were always with them. These Ten Commandments were just part of the many laws that God gave to His people. God gave them many rules and instructions for how they should live.
But just as the Children of Israel could not follow these laws, we cannot follow them either. Our memory verse says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. What does it mean to fall short of the glory of God? For that we need to look at one of the meanings of Sin. It means to “Miss the mark as in archery.” Have you ever shot an arrow at a target? In an archery competition the best possible mark would be a Bulls-eye. That is the red circle right in the center of the target. That bulls-eye is the mark we are speaking about. Imagine that in a competition you are disqualified if you do not hit the bulls-eye. Most of us would probably not make it past the first round of competition. It would be very difficult to hit that bulls-eye every time. That is what Sin is like. It is impossible for us to be perfect as God is perfect and so we fall short of His requirement. But Jesus came to meet those requirements for us. He did live a perfect life for us. Romans 8:1-4 Tells us that God sent Jesus to fulfill the requirement of the law for us so we might be free from the law which would require us to die for our sin.