Have you ever gotten in trouble for being bad? Were you afraid? What were you afraid of?
There was only one thing in the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve weren’t allowed to do. Do you remember what it was? Here’s what God said:
Genesis 2:16-17. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
They were not allowed to eat from the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil. To eat from this one tree would be a sin. What is sin?
Sin is anything we think or do that disobeys God’s rule or rejects his love and grace. And Adam and Eve did both. They disobeyed God’s rule to not eat from the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil, and they rejected God’s love and grace when they chose to reject the Tree of Life – the tree that would give hem God’s eternal life. That’s right, they sinned. They chose to try to be like God instead of choosing to simply love and trust God.
And as soon as they sinned, Adam and Eve were afraid. Here’s what Adam said when God came to the Garden looking for him:
Genesis 3:10. And [Adam] said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid.”
Sin is a terrible thing. The Bible tells us that sin is not only the bad and selfish things we do, but that it is also a powerful force that tries to keep us away from God and his love for us. It makes us afraid of God. And it makes us want to hide from God. That’s what Adam and Eve did. They tried to hide from God. Can anyone hide from God?
When sin makes us feel this way (afraid, and alone, and ashamed) that’s called guilt. Sometimes feeling guilty makes us do even more bad things. We might stay away from each other, or start to blame each other for what WE did wrong (have you ever blamed someone else for your sin?). That’s what Adam did. He blamed Eve for his sin. He told God that it was all Eve’s fault that they ate from the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil, because Eve had eaten from the tree first. But then Adam did something even worse – he blamed God. He said that it was all God’s fault, because God made Eve.
The Bible says that every single one of us is like Adam and Eve. We all sin. We all try to do things our own way, instead of God’s way. We all disobey God’s rules and reject his love and grace. And because of sin, we often feel guilt and shame. We feel afraid, and blame others, and hide from God.
But Jesus came so that we don’t have to feel this way. We don’t have to feel guilty and afraid of God. We don’t have to try to make excuses for our mistakes and blame others. Instead we can confess (admit) our sin and ask others to forgive us. Why? Because Jesus died on the cross for our sin. And because of Jesus, God has already forgiven us!
Because of Jesus we don’t have to feel afraid when we sin because we are forgiven.
With Jesus we can admit our sin and make things right.
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If you have time watch the movie Frozen, or just watch the clip(s) and think about the questions below.
- How did Queen Elsa sin?
- Why do you think she felt afraid and ran away?
- How does Elsa’s song “Let it Go” reveal her selfishness?
- Do you think Elsa is really “not afraid anymore?”
- Talk about how being loved helped Queen Elsa learn to love others.
- How is Ann like Jesus?
Thank you for forgiving me and loving me even when I sin. Help me to be able to admit when I do bad things and make it right because I know you love me no matter what.
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