Jesus is the new and better… Adam

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive

Who can you think of who has changed the lives of everybody on the planet? Show some pictures of well-known people and ask whose life they have changed i.e Einstein, who changed the way we look at space; an Egyptian pharaoh, who changed how much of the continent of Africa was governed; Christopher Columbus, who discovered America – without meaning to; Hitler, who started the second world war; Gandhi, who refused to fight and used a peaceful way to change how India was ruled; your mum, who has changed your life even if they haven’t changed the world. Two people have changed the world more than any others and we’re going to learn about them today!

Game: Follow the leader
Take it in turns to be at the front of the line, all the kids in line must do whatever the person at the front is doing, whether that is standing , waving, running, jumping, dancing, skipping, hopping, sitting etc.

Game: Stuck in the mud
Run around! One person is ‘it’ anyone they touch gets stuck and has to stay in the same place with their arms out and legs apart. They can be rescued by a saviour who has to crawl in between their legs or run under their arms. (Choose an option based on the physical ability of the group/relative sizes of children/how many of them are wearing skirts.)

Memory Verse:
Learn Isaiah 46:9&10 (There is  a simplified version of these verses in song form by Colin Buchanan on his album Super Saviour).

Choose from these Three Sketches.
Sketch one shows how death affected the world.
Sketch two is an advert comparing Adam and Jesus.
Sketch three is a news report explaining how we can be friends with God.
There’s also a hint at what age these are best suited to with each sketch but they could be adapted for different ages and abilities.

Adam was the first ever man, He lived in God’s perfectly made world with his wife Eve and they were friends with God. (Gen 2)
Most importantly Adam and Eve had been made in the image of God (Gen 1:26&27) which means they were like him in the same way that a picture or a reflection is like you.
And they were given one rule to remind them that God was in charge and that they were his people; They could eat from all the trees in the Garden except one. (Gen 2:16&17)
Then Adam and Eve broke that one rule which meant that they weren’t friends with God any more. And worse than that Adam and Eve are now going to die instead of living with God forever, they’ve been separated from him. (Rom 5:12)
Ever since then every single person has been like Adam; breaking God’s rules and not able to be friends with him. (Rom 5:14)
This is a disaster because God made us and he’s the source of everything good. But no-one is good enough to be friends with him. And there’s nothing we can do about it. (Rom 3:23)
So God did something about it.
God gave us a gift. Jesus. Jesus wasn’t just made in the image of God like Adam, but was God himself as a man. (John 1:1)
Jesus kept all of God’s laws perfectly and stayed God’s friend. (1 Peter 2:22)
He also died, taking the punishment for all the sins that other people had done, but that he was innocent of. (1 Pet 2:24)
And because Jesus took away the reason why we are enemies of God it means that he has given everybody the chance to live forever with God as their friend. (Rom 5:17)
So Adam brought sin to all men, therefore we disobey God just like he did, and Jesus brings righteousness to everyone who trusts him because he obeyed God. (Rom 5:19)
Romans 5:12-21

On post it notes get the children to write or draw things they have done that God would not want them to. They will probably come up with actions like ‘fighting with my sister’, ‘not putting away my clothes when my mum said to’ so I would remind them of Jesus two most important laws – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.” from Luke 10:27. Then either get them to stick their post-its to a cross or to some one representing Jesus and then ‘deal’ with them by putting them in the bin, showing how Jesus can take all our sins away so that we are free to be friends with God.

Our God is a Great Big God – Nigel and Jo Hemming: Vineyard Records

If you do the post-it note activity use the time before you stick them up to get the kids to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. You can give a template prayer either aloud or written that goes something like this: Dear Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die in my place. I’m sorry that I have done these things that break your rules (Leave a gap for them to put in their own sins). Please forgive me and help me to love you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. Amen