Things you’ll need:
- Large piece of cardboard or poster (OR 2 pieces of wood)
- Tape (OR nails)
- Index cards, pencils or pens
- Thick red marker
Parents must be intentional to maintain a Christ‑focused Christmas season. Commercialism and gift exchanges are tempting diversions. You can help your children connect the dots between the birth of Jesus and the reason why He came through this family activity.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him will not perish
but have eternal life.”
Before you gather your family, cut out a large cross shape, or nail two pieces of wood together to form a cross.
Each family member takes a stack of index cards. Write a word, a sentence, or draw a picture of something you do that the Bible calls “sin.” Include both actions and attitudes.
Ask a child to read Romans 3:23 “For everyone has sinned; we all for short of God’s glorious standard.” SIN is anything that does not make God happy.
Read Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death”. WAGES is our punishment or payment for doing wrong. When Jesus came to earth He came to pay for our sin!
Each person can tape (or nail) their index cards to the cross while mom or dad completes verse 23. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Read John 3:16 together. “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Next, use the red magic marker to write the word “JESUS” across each index card. Explain that when we allow Jesus to pay for our sins, He writes His name across our sin to show that He has paid the penalty! Now, when God looks at me, He does not see my sin—He sees Jesus.
Practice saying Romans 6:23. Pray together and thank God for giving us the best Christmas gift ever—JESUS.
Display your cross as a reminder of the gift of God’s forgiveness.