This post is going to be a little different than previous posts on the Buckeye Bible Buddies blog. And that’s because Sunday School class in Sandra’s Primary class was a little, well, different. For all those who don’t know, it’s Cassie, Sandra’s “helper” that is writing this post.
Class started off like any regular Sunday School class with Sandra taking prayer requests from the kids and praying for their needs. The lesson of that day was supposed to be on “The Fruits of the Spirit” and we had a craft to go along with the lesson that would have taken most of the class time to complete. However, before Sandra even got to the lesson, one kid piped up and asked, “So, what happened to Adam and Eve after they got thrown out of the garden?”.
If you’re a regular reader of the blog (or you’ve been keeping up with Buckeye Bible Buddies), you know that the last Bible Buddies meeting was on Creation. And while we essentially had a second Bible Buddies meeting after Sunday School last week (Pastor asked us to do the skit directly after Sunday School and the kids dressed up in their animal costumes again), I was a little surprised that the kid had been interested enough in the Creation lesson to ask us about it. I’m not really sure why I was surprised, but I was. These Sunday School children never cease to amaze me on the things they remember from each week. And I am so, so proud of them for taking an interest in the Bible and Jesus and for all that they have learned.
Sandra began to explain Adam and Eve’s story in a little more detail- how they were ashamed of their nakedness once they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and what their punishments were for sinning against God. She told the kids once more that Jesus was sent as a sacrifice for the world’s sins. At this point, I’ll be honest, I almost thought we were going to get to the lesson scheduled for that day and I had hoped that we did. Solely for the reason that we had a visitor and I was hoping he would have a completed craft to take home and show his parents what he did in Sunday School class. But just as I thought the questions were winding down, another child asked the tough question “Where did God come from?”
Sandra started out her answer with “Truthfully, I don’t know. But I do know that God wasn’t alone in the beginning. He had lots of angels with him, one being Lucifer. Lucifer was the most beautiful angel and thought he should have more power. So, he and his followers were cast out of Heaven. He was the one that tricked Eve into disobeying God and eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”. She went on to explain that Lucifer, or was he’s more commonly referred to these days- the Devil, is still roaming the world today seeking souls that he may devour and Hell was created for him to be cast into eternity.
I’m sitting at the table with the Sunday School kids looking at each of their faces when Sandra begins telling them what the Bible says about Hell- the constant burning, gnashing of teeth, and never ever getting a single drop of water for relief. Just by looking at their faces, it was pretty obvious each kid understood how horrible spending an eternity in Hell would be. But, thankfully, and as Sandra told the kids, we don’t have to spend eternity there.
Sandra explained that Jesus made it possible for us to spend eternity in Heaven with Him and God. She told the kids about the riches and wonders of Heaven and that if we give our lives to Jesus Christ, one day we each will have a starry crown and live in peace with God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, the angels, and all of the children of Christ. The big grins on each of their sweet faces when she told them that the animals in Heaven won’t be mean and that we will be able to pet them if we want to absolutely made my day.
While Jesus made it possible for us to go to Heaven, we, as individuals, have to make the choice to repent and follow Him. Sandra explained that one day when God comes knocking on their hearts door, they, too, will have to make a choice. Either choose to live in sin and go to Hell or give their life over to Jesus and live with Him for eternity. She really made a point to tell the kids that living for Jesus is not hard and it’s the best life one could ever choose to live. He cares for us and wants us to talk to Him on a daily basis.
With ten minutes left of class, we finally got to the Fruit of the Spirit lesson. Needless to say, we didn’t get it finished. But while the visitor didn’t have a completed craft to take home, he did have something else. He was told about the goodness of Jesus and salvation. And that, to me, is most important.
Sometimes, I think I get more out of these lessons than the kids do. I’ve thought a lot about this past Sunday School class over the past few days. Just seeing the smiles on their faces thinking about the wonders of Heaven makes helping with Sunday School class and all that we do worth it to me. I pray often that the Lord would use us and the other Sunday School teachers to make a difference in a child’s life (and their families’ lives), that the kids wouldn’t see us, but Him and that He helps us lead them to the path that is always straight. I hope this lesson sticks with the kids as much as it has already stuck with me and I pray that one day when God does come knocking on their door, that they’ll remember it and what Sandra told them about the wonders of Heaven. And I have an inkling of a feeling that they will.
Peace and blessings,
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalms 23:6