On March 5th, while the Primary Class was learning about John the Baptist, Barbara taught her class about another important figure in the New Testament, Nicodemus.
Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, was curious about the teachings of Jesus. Undoubtedly, Nicodemus had heard His message of redemption preached in the synagogues during the day. But, Nicodemus confused being spiritually born again with being physically born again. Nicodemus could not understand that the salvation Jesus offers is a spiritual rebirth. One can assume Nicodemus spent a lot of time thinking about how one could be “born again”, but because of his position, Nicodemus did not want to be seen during the day time talking to Jesus. He would surely be accused of conspiracy and was too proud to lose his position as a ruler and his high status. But, nonetheless, Nicodemus knew in his heart that Jesus was different than the other teachers and priests and sought out Jesus in the night to ask the Master questions.
Jesus explained to Nicodemus what He meant when He said one must be born again in order to see Heaven. Jesus simply meant that one needs to repent of his or her sins and be born of the water and Spirit to receive eternal life in Heaven. Barbara explained to her class that Jesus can cleanse a black, sinful heart and make it new once His blood is applied.
To demonstrate Jesus cleansing the sinner’s heart, the kids taped a cardboard heart in the center of a canvas. Each kid painted their entire canvas, including the heart, with black paint. Next, the children dabbed red paint around the cardboard heart and then carefully removed the cardboard heart, leaving a white heart trimmed in red. See the pictures below!
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3