This Object Lesson for children and youth uses static electricity as a metaphor for Christ’s work of Salvation in the lives of Believers. Christ not only takes our sins upon himself, but also wants us to cast all our burdens upon him.
Salt, Pepper, and a nail + cloth. (See note below for variations)
NOTE: This object lesson uses static electricity and can be greatly affected by the humidity and temperature. Depending on how dry the air is, you may be able to rub a key or spoon on your clothing, rub a glass rod with silk, use a comb on your hair, or rub a piece of rubber like an inflated balloon on your hair. Each of these creates a static charge under the right conditions. HINT: Don’t use clothing or cloths that have been treated with a fabric softener as these help prevent the buildup of static electricity.
What to do
- Pour a small mound of pure white salt representing a pure life into the center of a dark colored plate.
- Sprinkle a dash of salt on top of the salt, representing sin.
- Get a large iron nail and rub it with a piece of cloth to create static electricity.
- When you place the statically charged object near the pepper. When you do this the pepper will be attracted to it and can be lifted away.
- Practice this a couple of times. If you put too much pepper there may not be enough static charge to attract all the pepper.
Take It to the Next Level
- The significance of using a nail is obvious. Christ’s nail scarred sacrifice lifted away our sin and attached it to himself (1 Peter 2:24). Christ is also the key to eternal life. Our sin was taken off us and placed on Him that we might become pure and blameless before God.
- Another option is to have the pepper represent hurts, bad habits, hurtful words or other things in our lives that we want God to remove. I Peter 5:7 …casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Cast your burden on the Lord Psalms 55:22.
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