THE APPLE SELLER
a large red apple
plate or napkin to hold apple
Now, is this an apple or is it an apple. Nice, polished red apple. Isn't it a very luscious looking one? In fact, I am tempted right now to bite into it because I do enjoy eating good apples, sometimes I put a little salt on them.
Now, apples have something to say to us. Yep, this one in particular. I don't know where I first heard this story, but I do want to pass it on to you dear kids.
Another thing that the apple tells us is to look at the color. Red. Many of you know that that color represents the blood of Jesus. Jesus spilled his blood for you boys and girls. It is the way for your atonement. Now, that is a very big word, but what it means is that Jesus has paid the price for salvation. If a person wants to go to Heaven (and who doesn't) they must believe and accept what Jesus has already done on the cross. He died for them.
Now watch. As I cut this apple open, you can see how nice and white it is on the inside. This is how white we become inwardly when we as God to forgive us of our sins. Even boys and girls do things that are wrong. Wrong doing is called sin. We say that the sin is real dark, but the Bible says we can be made clean. Psalm 51:7 says, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
Something else. What shape is the apple? Sorta round, huh? That gives me the picture of the endlessness of our eternal salvation. No end to that.
The brown or black seeds that you see could represent the word of God, because when God's word is planted in our heart it begins to grow just like a plant from a seed.
I suppose the last thing that the apple can tell us is that sit must cling onto the tree by its stem. This steam to me represents our faith. It is faith whereby we cling to Jesus. It trust boys and girls that your faith will be strengthened every day even at your young age.
So, that's the message from a lucious red apple. Thanks for coming. I'll see you next Sunday.
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