When you see a skeleton, what comes to mind? (Receive answers.)
Skeletons are a reminder that we die. Do you have any idea why everything dies? (Receive answers.) Science hasn’t answered this question, but the Bible has!
The Bible teaches us that without Jesus, we are dead in our trespasses and sins. What do you suppose this means? Trespasses and sins are actions or thoughts that oppose God’s rules or his way of doing things. The Bible
says the punishment for sinning is death—physical and spiritual death. And everyone who has ever been born, sins. This is why everything dies! And because we sin, we cannot go to heaven! So what are we to do? We can’t do anything. But God has done something!
A loooong time ago, before Jesus came to earth, God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel. He told him that his people were like dried up, dead bones. Let’s read what God said,
Read Ezekiel 37:1-6 from a child-friendly Bible.
God promised his people that one day those dead bones would come to
life—God's Holy Spirit would breathe life into them. And do you know what? Because God loves us, he sent Jesus to earth to die in our place, to take the punishment we deserve for sinning against God!
The Bible says if we confess our sins to God, which is admit we do wrong, God will forgive us, cleanse our sins,
and the Holy Spirit will
breathe new life into us—into our dead bones!
Read John 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 5:17 from a child-friendly Bible.
If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior and Forever Friend, you can do so today.
(Suggested prayer: “Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross to take my punishment. Forgive me for sinning against you. Help me to follow and obey you. Thank you for giving me new life. Amen.”)
What You Need
Flip-card pattern with insert; a flat, cellophane wrapped lollipop on a stick; scissors; double-stick tape; stapler.
Print out skeleton pattern and
insert. Fold pattern in half so the skeleton is facing out. Fold pattern in half again so the skeleton is facing out and the words are folded inside. Cut out pattern. Wrap a piece of double-stick tape around lollipop, and then stick it inside over the "Jesus Gives Life" circle.
Staple shut with one staple (so pattern can be opened and read). Hold between the palms of your hands and roll the stick back and forth to animate your skeleton.
Give one to a friend or hand them out to trick-or-treaters!
You may print this page with the pattern and then distribute it at no
cost, but please do not remove the copyright notices.