For an introduction to this series, read this.
We continue our series through the Apostles’ Creed today.
Memorization for the Week
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
Thoughts for Discussion with Children
Does God approve of things that are evil? Of course, we know that he doesn’t. God is completely good, which means that he hates all sin. We know that he hates sin because of the many ways he has answered it with judgment. Can you think of any stories in the Bible where God judged people for sinning against him? [Examples include Adam and Eve in the Garden, the flood, the Canaanites, the destruction of Jerusalem, etc.]
The greatest example of God’s hatred of sin has not happened yet, but the Bible says that it will. One day, God will judge the whole world, and on that day, he will give a complete answer for all sin. Not one single sin will escape his notice on that day, for he is a God who is completely good, and every sin will be answered by him.
That is bad news for us because we are sinners, and we deserve God’s judgment. If God gave us what we deserved on that final day, he would send us away from him forever, where we would suffer in hell under his judgment. But the wonderful news of the gospel is that God can still be good AND not make us answer for our sins. How so?
This is where the good news of the cross comes in. The good news of the cross is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, answered for our sins in our place. Though he had committed no sins of his own, he willingly gave up his life and suffered under God’s judgment in the place of his people, that is, all who would believe in him for eternal life. When he was crucified, the sky went dark and the earth shook as a sign of God’s judgment falling on him in the place of his people. And the bloody cross on which he died is the only hope we have of being delivered from God’s judgment to come.
God hates evil, but he loves us who have committed many evil deeds. Trust in the death of Jesus Christ for you, and give thanks for God’s great love!
Suggested Scripture readings for the week: Mark 15; Romans 3:21-26; Galatians 3:10-14.