This week, I was able to help with my church’s VBS. Wow! VBS is such a huge production compared to the small little church VBS that I grew up attending at a neighbor’s church in Virginia. We had over 200 children, lots of decorations, lots of stations, and tons of food.
The sheer magnitude of the event was remarkable.
Still with all the bells and whistles, my heart was moved the most by the words said by one little outspoken girl.
“You mean Jesus died for me?”
With lessons about Sarah and Abraham, the Good Samaritan, and Elijah and the Widow, the message of the gospel was the most moving to my heart.
Our Bible Story team was able to share with the children how God created humans to be in relationship with Him. He created us good and wanted us to share in his holiness. Only . . . we chose to disobey. We sinned and separated ourselves from God. Sin is the opposite of holiness and we couldn’t be in the same relationship anymore.
But God wasn’t satisfied with our broken relationship. He created us to be loved by Him and to give our love to Him. He wanted to win us back. So He sent his only son Jesus to the world to pay the price for our disobedience, for our sin. His death, his blood, paid the price for our sins. We could now accept his free gift of salvation, his redemption, and our sins would not just be covered but be completely removed. The stain of sin would be gone and we could once again be in a right relationship with God. We could be God’s “neighbor”.
This amazing story of love, relationship, and redemption was the most powerful story that we were able to share with these wonderful children who came to VBS this summer.
It doesn’t get any more real than this.
One girl saying, “You mean Jesus died for me?” made the entire week worthwhile.
How many other children asked that question quietly to themselves? I will never know. Thank you God for giving me this chance to be a part of sharing the most important message of love that these children will ever hear.
Who will share this story with your family and friends?
There is no greater honor than to share the greatest gift.
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