Hook: In this easy Bible Lesson we wonder if God is in to preventing messes the way we are? So often with children we spend time encouraging them to clean up their messes. But how would mud pies ever get made, how would beautiful works of art come into being without paint on clothing and clay on the floor or dissonant notes sounding from the piano or trumpet?
Book: “But some of you do not believe me.” For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.” (John 6:64) Jesus knew who would betray Him, but He did not try to clean up this mess. He allowed those people to remain around Him for it was through this messy process that the Father’s will was done.
Look: (Read John 12:3-6) Here was Judas who was stealing money from the money box. Jesus must have put Judas in charge of the money box and Jesus would have known that Judas was stealing from it. And yet Jesus had a higher purpose than stopping this stealing. Ultimately Judas’ betrayal would be used by God to take Jesus to the cross to make forgiveness and restoration available to all mankind.
Took: Ask your children if there are messes in their lives that God is using to help them grow? Schoolwork they don’t understand, an art project, a new sport they are learning, a new friendship? Rather than rejecting this mess, let’s ask God to bless us through the mess and look for what God is going to do through it.
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