For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4
It was my first day as a Sunday school teacher to junior-age students—a leap into the unknown! The lesson was about
Jesus, our Redeemer. That is quite a switch from the Jonah-and-the-Whale type stories I had been teaching to beginners-age children for many years.
I was teaching a class of fifth grade girls and it was Promotion Sunday. On the table, I put a small pile of coins, a gift card, a credit card, and a piece
of red felt. We talked about what each form of currency might buy. In each case a transaction is made—the price is paid then the article of trade
is delivered. When we got to the red felt, I explained that it represented the Blood of Jesus. When Jesus shed His Blood on the Cross, He paid the
price for our sins. All we have to do is tell Him we are sorry for our sins and ask His forgiveness. I explained that none of the other forms of payment
could buy forgiveness.
That simple object lesson packed a profound message about God’s plan for salvation, and as I taught it, I was once again reminded of the transaction that
took place in my life when I asked Jesus to forgive my sins. His death on the Cross became the payment for my debt of sin. It is a simple concept,
yet the Lord made it new for me again. It is a miracle that I never want to forget or take for granted!
What a joy it is to have experienced God’s wonderful salvation, and now to have the privilege of passing on that message to these young people! Though
we may have read and taught some Bible stories and lessons more than once, there is always something new for us to learn when it comes to the Gospel.
As I continue following Him, I am excited to see what He will teach me next!