Materials You Need:
Two or more similar and simple children's puzzles, each having about twenty
to forty pieces.
A packet of sweets or other small prizes for each child.
Before hand secretly remove a different piece from each puzzle and store them
in your pocket. Divide the children into two or more teams and let
them race to see who can complete their puzzle in the fastest time.
Grades 1 - 5 (7 to 11 years).
God is not willing that any person should be lost and not go to Heaven.
Today we are going to have a competition. I'm going to choose two teams
and then you will race to see who can complete your puzzle in the fastest
time. (Goive each team their puzzle box
) Are you ready?
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 in vain all over
the room with your loud encouragement!).
What was Lost is Found!
You can't find it? Well, no wonder! 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! And I have a prize for each of you after the lesson!
It's terrible to make a large puzzle and to find at the end that a piece is
missing. Are you missing from God's puzzle?
Jesus told a story in Luke 15:4-7 about a missing sheep. A man had a
hundred sheep and one of them wandered away and was lost in the desert.
The shepherd left his ninety-nine sheep in the open country and went
to search for the lost sheep.
When he found it, he joyfully put it over his shoulders and ran home and
called his friends and neighbours together and said, "Rejoice with me.
For I have found my lost sheep!"
Jesus went on to say, "I tell you that in the same way there will be more
rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine
righteous people who do not need to repent."
He was saying is that God wants His puzzle to be complete. 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.
Lost and Found!
You had to go and look all over for the missing piece of your puzzle.
Eventually we found it in my pocket and you were able to complete your
puzzle. In the same way Jesus wants you to go out from here, and like
the story of the Lost Sheep, go and find other boys and girls who do not
know Jesus. 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."
And now I have your prizes. Perhaps you would like to give it 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!