I am going to make a ring from this balloon, which I am going to call a
"Circle of Love" (Make a circle from the balloon
). This is
like a wedding ring which your mother, and perhaps your father, wear to
to show that they are married. Wedding rings have no end, and show
that the love of the two people should last forever.
I want a boy and a girl who are friends to come and help me. I am
going to put my "Circle of Love" around their necks (Place it around
both their necks
). Perhaps you will say, "With this ring I do
marry thee...." No? Oh, well perhaps one day you will find
someone you want to love and want to marry. But, not today?
Seriously though, Jesus loves us with an everlasting love, but John 1:11
tells us that He came to His own, but they would not receive and accept
Him. What a tragedy that they rejected Jesus. But praise God,
verse 12 goes on to say:
"Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name,
He gave the right to become children of God."
And so this "Circle of Love" is like Jesus' love for me, so I am going to
put it around my neck (Put the circle around your neck
I am sure that Jesus loves me. And He loves you too, so I can put
the circle around your necks as well. If we love each other, then
other people will know that we belong to Jesus.
(Make a two "Circles of Love" while you talk). If one of you
shows the love of Jesus and tells other people about Jesus, one of them
may want to know more about Jesus, and ask Him to come into their hearts.
You will have won someone for Jesus. What will happen to our
"Circle of Love"? Yes, it will become two "Circles of Love"!
(Make a four "Circles of Love" while you talk
). Jesus said that
we should go into all the world and tell every person that He wants to
save them (Mark 16:15). How can we do this? After all, your
Mom and Dad won't allow you to pack your bags and fly off to China, will
they? So who does Jesus want us to tell the Gospel to?
He wants you to tell your parents, brothers and sisters, and then your aunts
and uncles, and your grandparents. After that there are your friends
and the children at school and your teachers. There are lots of
people that you can tell. If both of us continue to show love and to
tell others about Jesus, what will happen now? You are right!
We will now have four "Circles of Love".
If we show love to each other, to our parents, brothers and sisters, and
friends, then all these people will know that we love Jesus. If we
keep on doing this, then soon many people will know about Jesus!
And then we will have to make a whole bunch of "Circles of Love".