What sin can do to our lives, and how Jesus can set us free.
This story could be changed into an object lesson if a boy's action figure,
some apples, a paper bag, a black glove, a wooden cross and a red square
of cloth are used at the relevant places in the story.
One day a small person crept along the market street until he came to a
stall with lovely apples. Tiny Tim's mouth watered as he thought
how juicy they were going to be. He looked around to see if anyone
was looking and then grabbed as many apples he could and sneaked them
into his paper bag.
"Good! No one saw me!" he thought and quickly stuffed the bag into his
jacket and started to move away. "Stop thief!" roared a gruff voice
and before he knew what was happening a large hand had seized him by the
scruff of his neck.
Now Tiny Tim loved to tell lies. The bigger they were, the better he
felt! And so when the stall owner demanded, "Did you steal those
apples?" Tim lied, "No, it wasn't me, it was your son!"
"We'll see about that!" said the stall owner and searched him. He was
caught red-handed with apples in his bag! All the stall owners
chased Tim out of town. He was a disgrace! Tim just shrugged
his shoulders and shouted, "Well I'm sure somebody else needs me!"
Eventually he reached Sin Hotel. What a place it was! Tim was
delighted with everything he saw. The manager, who was called Sin, saw
Tim walking around admiring all the pleasures and wicked things on show.
"Hey you," he called, "You're just the person I need! I have a
lovely room for you in my hotel!" He led Tim down a broad stairway to
a great horrible black room. "This should suit you fine," he chuckled,
"Just the place for a great big Liar!"
Tim wasn't going to stay there! He ducked under Sin's arm and ran for
all he was worth. He heard footsteps pounding behind him and looked
over his shoulder, and there was Sin chasing after him. "I'm not going
to spend even ten minutes in that terrible room!" shouted Tim.
Fortunately, just then he found the front door of the hotel, and ducked round
it just as it slammed shut!
Hiding in a Tree:
He ran with all his might until he dropped with exhaustion. Just then he
saw a palm tree. "I'll hide up there," he exclaimed and climbed up the
trunk like a frisky monkey. "Sin won't find me up here!" He hid
in the palm leaves and sank into a deep sleep.
As the sun came up Tiny Tim woke up and stretched his arms. "I'm free,"
he chuckled, but to his horror he saw the black hand of sin reaching up to
Tiny Tim slithered down the palm tree as fast as he could and ran again
until his legs ached. "I can't go on any more," he cried, "Oh, what
will become of me?" Just then he happened to see some red cloth lying
on an old wooden cross. He crawled under the cloth and dragged it over
himself hoping that Sin wouldn't see him.
"I know you're somewhere here!" yelled Sin. But Tiny Tim had vanished!
Sin saw the red cloth and the cross and yelled in fright, "I can't
stand the cross and the blood. I must be off!"
No more Sin!
Tim was very glad to see the last of Sin. "Father," he called, "This is
a safe place for me to be. Please make me clean inside. I never
want to do anything bad again!" With that he crawled out and mopped
his brow in amazement. "What happened?" he asked. A gentle voice
replied, "You hid beneath the blood of My Son, and He has made you clean
inside just as you asked."
"Well," said Tiny Tim, "I'll never steal or tell a lie again, Father. I
see the cross where Your Son died for my sins. And now I want to
follow You every day and I want Jesus to live in my heart forever. I
cannot let Sin catch me again and put me in that awful room!"
Getting Free from Sin:
Eating apples reminds us of how Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God and
eating the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It
also reminds us of what happened to Tiny Tim when he stole apples from the
market stall. Remember that Romans 6:23 says:
"For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
We can do all the wrong things we like and the devil will be pleased.
But Jesus wants us to ask Him to forgive us for all the wrong things we have
done and make us clean inside. He will set us free from sin and change
us into a child of God. Perhaps you need to ask Him right now to make
you clean from all the wrong things you have done.
Then like Tiny Tim you will want to follow and serve Jesus every day of your
lives. Just imagine, on the day you die, Jesus will be waiting to
welcome you into Heaven and will say to you, "Here's your new house.
It's free and you can live here with Me forever!"