The Puzzle Competition:
Today we are going to have a competition to see which team can complete
their puzzle first. I'm going to choose two teams and here are
your puzzles. Right! Are you ready? Then GO!
We have a winner, but a piece is missing! You must try and find
it! (To the other team) You also have a piece
missing! It must be somewhere in this room. (Let the
children search all over with your encouragement).
What was Lost is Found:
You can't find it? Well, no wonder, look what I've found!
I had the missing pieces in my pocket all the time! Now you can
complete your puzzles. And since you both finished at the
same time we will declare both teams as winners! I have a prize
for each of you after the lesson!
It's terrible to make a large puzzle and then to find that a piece is
missing. Jesus told a story in Luke 15:4-7 about a lost sheep:
Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does
he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost
sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts
it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and
neighbours together and says, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my
God wants His puzzle to be complete, and so He wants every boy and girl to
come to know Jesus as their Saviour and have eternal life. God
does not want us to get to Heaven and then find that a brother or
sister, or a friend is not there because they did not accept Jesus as
their Saviour. In John 3:16, Jesus said:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The Missing Piece:
You had to look everywhere for the missing pieces of your puzzles.
Eventually we found them in my pocket and then you were able to
complete your puzzles. In the same way Jesus wants you to go out
and like the story of the Lost Sheep, find other boys and girls who do
not know Jesus.
And now I have your prizes. Perhaps you would like to give yours to
someone who doesn't know Jesus. You can tell them that Jesus loves
them and wants them to go to Heaven. Who knows, maybe another
piece will be fitted into God's puzzle!