(From the song “Romans Road”)
REVIEW: Jesus wants us to “declare” and “believe” the good news about him.
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.’”
Revelation 19:6 NIV
Kids love making the “crowd” noise. They do it when they are playing and imagine scoring an amazing last second touchdown, three point shot or home run. The “crowd” sound is easy. Just open your mouth and make a breathy “haaaaaa” sound. Try it now!
People cheer at sports games because they are excited. We express our joy by yelling, whooping, and clapping our hands. When people are happy and excited, they want to make noise!
People who experience their sin being taken away by Jesus also feel excited. Imagine carrying a suitcase filled with rocks all the time. Think about how heavy it would get. And then, imagine putting it down. That’s what it feels like in our hearts to be forgiven. In the Bible, people don’t make a “haaaaaa” sound. Instead, when people are excited and happy about Jesus they yell out “Hallelujah!”
Try it now! On the count of three, yell out “Hallelujah!” One…Two…Three!
OBJECT LESSON: Get a small suitcase, backpack, or bag and fill it with something heavy like rocks or books. Walk around the house for one minute carrying the heavy bag. Then put it down. Sure feels good to put down that weight, doesn’t it? That’s what it’s like in our hearts to be forgiven of our sin. That’s why we shout “Hallelujah!” It feels good to be forgiven and put down the weight of our sin.
PRAY: “Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord, for giving us a great reason to celebrate!”