Light From the Broken Pieces

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Theme: Christ’s Exaltation As King
Text: John 1:4

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Preparation: For each child, you’ll need a
1-inch piece of cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll),
spray-painted gold; scissors; several sequins or small plastic
jewels; glue; one-half of a clean shell from an extra-large egg;
and a votive candle. You’ll also need an uncracked egg, one-half of
a clean shell from an extra-large egg, a bowl, a completed crown
(see directions below), a votive candle, a match, and a Bible.

The Message: Jesus left his home in heaven
where he was a king. (Show the crown.) He came to earth as a
fragile human being, just like you and me. (Show the egg.) When
people decided they didn’t want this man to be their king, they
hung him on a cross, and his body was broken. (Break the egg into
the bowl.) Jesus’ life was poured out, much like this egg is being
poured out. What do we usually do with broken eggshells?

People planned to toss away Jesus too, but God had another plan.
God took Jesus’ broken body, and gave him back his heavenly crown.
(Set the clean eggshell half in the crown. Read the Scripture.) God
raised Jesus from the dead and made him the light of the world.
(Place the votive candle in the eggshell and light it.)

God replaced Jesus’ broken, empty shell with life and gave him
power and authority. God wants us to share the light of Jesus with
others. We’re going to make these candle holders to remind us of
what God did with Jesus’ broken body to give us new life.

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(Give each child a section of the cardboard tube painted gold.
Have them each cut notches on one edge of the roll to create a
crown. Have them glue on the decorations. Give the kids each an
eggshell and a votive candle to put inside of the crown.)

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