This Bible object lesson will demonstrate to kids what's
true and what's false.
You'll need 12 4X6 cards arranged in order from bottom to top
with the following words printed on them: Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead,
Dead, Alive, Buddha (Buddhism), Muhammad (Islam), Mary Baker Eddy
(Christian Science), Baha'u'llah (Baha'i), Joseph Smith
(Mormonism), and Jesus (Christianity). Turn the cards over in a
pile with the writing side down. Keep the cards in the same order
with "Jesus" on top and "dead" on bottom.
Christianity is different from other religions because Jesus is
alive, not dead as other religious leaders. To illustrate this, I
need a helper.
Tell your helper: I'll shuffle the cards by taking
the top card and placing it on the bottom. I'll continue shuffling
until you say stop.
Next, place the top six cards of the deck in your helper's hand-one
on top of the other.
Say: Jesus died for my sin. I'm going to spell
each word in this special phrase beginning with the word "Jesus."
As each letter is said, choose the top card of either deck and
place it on the bottom of its deck. If you choose your deck, you'll
place a card under your deck. If you choose my deck, I'll place a
card under my deck.
Place a card in either deck on the bottom of its deck after each
letter is said. After you finish spelling the word "Jesus," reveal
the top cards in both decks. The word "dead" will accompany each
false leader, but the word "alive" will accompany the word "Jesus."
Comment on the two cards and put them to the side. For example, you
may say, "Muhammad is the leader of Islam, and he's dead." Or you
may say "Jesus is the leader of Christianity, and he's alive."
Continue spelling each word in the special phrase, pausing to
reveal the top cards after each word is spelled.
Afterward, say: Christianity is different from all
other religions because our leader is alive.
Excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine.