Use this object lesson on the cross to teach kids why Jesus' death is so important.

Object Needed: Plunger

Big Idea: God used the cross to do a very dirty job and wash us white as snow.

We've included the text for this object lesson below and we even recorded a video to help give you ideas for how to teach it.  Enjoy watching!

The Cross Object Lesson Script

Have any of you had the pleasure of learning how to use this little tool? When you were a kid, this was one of those things you always wanted to get your hands on. It’s fun, because you can stick it to a wall and make it hang in the air. But any time Mom caught you with it, she freaked out and made you wash your hands.

Plungers are a dirty tool for a dirty job. When the toilet gets stopped up and the water starts rising, you need something to unblock the clog. Flushing won’t help because  it will only make the mess worse, and if you wait too long, the water backs up and overflows on the floor. That’s why you keep the plunger right there by the toilet. When the water starts to rise, it takes a plunger to open the clog and flush the mess away. The plunger is a useful reminder of another dirty tool: the cross. The cross was a tool used to execute the worst of criminals. It was a terrible, filthy way to die, full of dirt, splinters, and blood.

And yet the cross was the only way that God could unclog the mess in our lives known as sin! Like a dirty toilet, sin can overflow in our own lives, and no amount of work on our part can undo the mess. There’s only one way to get rid of the mess; we need the cross to break the clog and wash us clean.  It’s a dirty tool. It’s a gross, dirty analogy. The real cross was not shiny and gold like the ones we wear. God chose the cross to do a dirty, filthy job and wash us white as snow!

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