A couple of years ago for Easter we introduced the Wordless Gospel to the children, and had them make their own little books.
To refresh your memories, this is the meaning behind each colour:
- BLACK represents sin: “There is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Sin is doing something wrong on purpose, or not doing something we know we should – that is, known sins and unknown sins – and we all sin – Mother Teresa, the Pope, me, you. Some days are better than others!
- RED represents blood: Jesus’ blood was shed at Easter. What was it about? How can Jesus dying be good news? Because he died for us and for all our sins so we could come to know God.
“The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.” (1 John 1:7)
- WHITE represents our being washed clean: “Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51: 7)
We become new again by His grace. We need to be cleansed to be able to be with God, and that’s a constant process – as we continue to sin, we need to continue to tell God we are sorry and ask for his forgiveness.
- GOLD represents Heaven: Gold – is a precious metal, but God is more precious still. God is the most precious thing we can have in our lives, and heaven is God’s house – with many rooms for all of us who believe in him and have asked him to save us through Jesus. Because heaven is where God is: it will be full of love, joy and that’s somewhere I want to be.
“I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me where I am.” (John 14: 2,3)
- GREEN represents growth and new life: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3: 18)
When we become a Christian we become new again, like a little seed that will grow into a plant. We will all be different as we grow, in the same way that a garden is full of different plants, flowers and trees. What do we need to do to grow? Pray; read the Bible to learn more; do things God would like us to do. Sometimes God needs to do a bit of pruning as we grow and develop as Christians: getting rid of our bad habits.
So the good news is that although we sin, though the death of Jesus, he makes us pure so we can be in God’s presence in heaven when that time comes – as long as we accept him.
Now the point of the Wordless Gospel is that there are no words! However, just to be different – and to make it a little easier for the younger ones to remember the message associated with each page – we added a Bible verse, which they stuck to the back of the appropriate page.
We cut our card into pieces 15cm x 10cm – this means it was just the right height to use a hole punch on.
It is best to talk to the children about the Wordless Gospel first, and then get them to put their own booklets together, attaching the Bible verses to the back of each page – some may need help attaching the right verse to the right colour page – and tying together with ribbon.