Hide and Seek
You need: Some coins
Task: Hide the coins around the room and then ask someone who lives with you to find them. If they are finding this hard, you can tell them ‘warm’ and ‘hot’ when they are near them, and ‘cold’ when they are far away from them.
When they have found the coins, ask them how they felt when they had found them all. Were they happy or sad?
Reflect: When you find something which is lost, how do you feel?
Our story today is about people finding things that were lost. Let’s find out more. Remember that a parable is a story with a deeper meaning, so can you work out what the meaning of these stories are?
What does the Bible say?
Many tax collectors and “sinners” came to listen to Jesus. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to complain: “Look! This man welcomes sinners and even eats with them!”
Then Jesus told them this story: “Suppose one of you has 100 sheep, but he loses 1 of them. Then he will leave the other 99 sheep alone and go out and look for the lost sheep. The man will keep on searching for the lost sheep until he finds it. And when he finds it, the man is very happy. He puts it on his shoulders and goes home. He calls to his friends and neighbors and says, ‘Be happy with me because I found my lost sheep!’ In the same way, I tell you there is much joy in heaven when 1 sinner changes his heart. There is more joy for that 1 sinner than there is for 99 good people who don’t need to change.
“Suppose a woman has ten silver coins, but she loses one of them. She will light a lamp and clean the house. She will look carefully for the coin until she finds it. And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Be happy with me because I have found the coin that I lost!’ In the same way, there is joy before the angels of God when 1 sinner changes his heart.”
Choose the right answer to the following questions.
1. In Jesus’ parable, when the sheep was lost the shepherd:
a. Played his flute
b. Searched for the lost sheep
2. In Jesus’ parable, when a woman lost a coin she:
a. Lit a lamp, swept and searched for it
b. E-mailed all her friends
3. When the sheep and coin were found:
a. The shepherd and woman were happy
b. No one cared very much
4. Jesus said that there is rejoicing Heaven when:
a. 100 people repent at the same time
b. One sinner repents
Answers at the bottom of the page
What would this story mean to you if you were a tax collector or sinner?
What would this story mean to you if you were a Pharisee or teacher of the law?
Why was the shepherd and woman so worried about finding the one sheep or coin, when they had lots of others already?
This story is not just about people finding lost items. Let’s see if we can discover the deeper meaning of the story.
Who is the shepherd or woman in the story, and who is the lost sheep or coin?
The shepherd or woman is God, and the sheep or coin is us. God loves us and cares for us and wants us to be with him. He looks carefully for each one of us and invites us to be friends with him. We are all unique and precious to God and he wants each one of us to be with him.
Why did Jesus tell this story?
Jesus wants us to know how much God loves each one of us. We’re all sinners and we all need God. When one person comes to God, there is a party in Heaven!
How much do you think God loves you?
How do you feel, knowing how much God loves you?
If you have time, you may want to do this online jigsaw which is a picture of the party in Heaven when one person comes to God and repents.
God Loves You
Make a picture or craft which shows how much God loves you. You can make whatever you want out of whatever materials you have at home!
If you need some ideas, you could think about making something heart shaped, or a sheep or coin. Or you could look at some of these bible verses for ideas.
- John, chapter 3 verse 16
- Romans chapter 5 verse 8
- Romans chapter 8 verse 39
- 1 John chapter 3 verse 1
As you look at your craft, remember that Jesus wants us to know how much God loves each one of us. That’s why Jesus gave up his life for you.
Thank you that you love me, just as I am, when I am good and when I am not.
Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me so I can be your friend. Help me to tell others about your love.
Answers to the quiz!