The Snake (Children’s Talk – Animals in the Bible series)

Children’s talk (youth message). Presented on 7th December 2014.

Overview

This talk is about the Snake – and it’s about creation, sin, and God’s solution – Jesus. During Advent it helps to remind children of the true meaning of Christmas and what God has done for us.

Preparation

  • Two narrators, A and B.
  • A number of snakes cut out of paper, each with a sin written on it (see list below) clearly and legibly.

Script

A: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
He made everything… the earth, the sky, the ocean, the plants, the birds, the animals,
and he made us.
And he saw that it was very good

B: He put us in an amazing garden called the Garden of Eden.
Let’s imagine what it might have looked like. What might be in the most beautiful garden ever? [create an imaginary garden together]
In the middle was one special and dangerous tree.
God warned them, “You can eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden. But you must not eat the fruit of this tree. If you do, you can be sure that you will die.”

A: The first people in the garden were called Adam and Eve. Now the snake, who we also call Satan, the Devil – he sneaked up to Adam and Eve.
The snake said “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden’?”
Can you hear how the snake is lying already?
Eve said “No, we can eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But we must not eat the fruit from this tree. If we do, we will die.”
The snake said “You won’t die – when you eat the fruit of that tree, you will become like God!”
The snake was tricking them into doing something very bad – something God told them not to do.
Eve believed the lie, and ate some of the fruit God had told them not to eat. And so did Adam.

B: So Adam and Eve had disobeyed God.
[Pull out snake “I did what I was told not to”] – the first sin, the first bad thing. But it’s not the only sin.
[Put down the row of snakes, Narrator A holding them, get children to read out each one (repeat them for the microphone so everyone can hear them). As we do so shuffle the children subtly onto the other side of the snakes.]

  • I didn’t tell the truth, I didn’t do what I was asked to do, I took my friend’s toy, I hit someone, I was mean to my brother/sister, I shouted at my Mum and Dad, I said bad words, I was jealous of my friend’s toy, I cheated at the game, I was selfish, I ate a sweetie I wasn’t supposed to, I wouldn’t let someone join in our game

A: Can you see what’s happened here? There’s a big barrier now between us and God. When we do wrong things, it separates us from God. And that’s because God is perfect, and we are sinful – we do bad things. So now God can’t be with us, and we can’t be with God. In fact, the Bible tells us that the punishment for sin is death – but what death means is that we are separated from God for ever.

B: So God had a problem! God made us and he loves us,
but now he can’t be with us because we disobey him and do bad things.
So how’s God going to fix this?

A: Well, God loved us so much that, 2014 years ago, he sent his son, Jesus, into the world.
He came then as a little baby!

B: [Narrator B crosses the line over to their side and says]
Jesus came to us and lived with us – and as he grew up he never did anything wrong!
Then when he was a grown-up he was killed on a cross and, because Jesus was perfect, Jesus could take all of our sins upon himself!
When Jesus died for us, He took all our sins away!
[Jump on / crush all the snakes and carry them away]

A: In fact, the Bible says that Jesus crushed them under His feet! Now, if we believe in Jesus, there are no sins keeping us apart. God can be with us and we can be with God!
God sending his son into the world is such an amazing thing that we celebrate it every year –
we call it Christmas,
when Christ Jesus came to us!

B: As the angel said to the shepherds:
This is the good news of great joy for everyone.
Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born for us.
He is Jesus Christ the Lord.

[Pray – Dear Father God
Thank you that you sent your son Jesus
to die for us and take all our sins away
so that we can be with you forever!
Amen]

Credits

Bible quotations based on New International Readers’ Version (NIrV). Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®.