OBJECT: Bloodstained shirt
STORY WITH THE OBJECT
Once there were two brothers. One was a good man, responsible, always concerned about others. The other was the opposite. He was lazy, self-absorbed, didn’t care about anyone else, and was always drunk or on drugs. One day the bad brother killed another man in a fight and his shirt was stained with blood. He ran to hide himself where his brother was. When his brother saw him arrive stained with blood, he asked his brother to exchange shirts and he put on the bloodstained one. When the police arrived, they arrested the innocent brother and the guilty brother went free.
TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL
We are like the bad brother because we are full of the blood of our guilt.
THE PROBLEM (LAW)
We are guilty when we deceive and lie to others; we are guilty when we steal things that don’t belong to us; we are guilty of hating and harboring bitterness against others and of living a selfish life.
THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)
Our Judgment Day is coming. The day we die and all the stains of sin are uncovered in our lives, we will be sentenced to an eternity far from God, without hope in an eternal prison.
THE SOLUTION (CROSS)
But today I have good news because the innocent one took the place of the guilty. 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ came to earth, never stained his life with sin, but nevertheless, chose to die on the cross and receive the punishment for our sins. He put on our stained shirt, our sin, took our guilty stains and shed his blood so we could have a second chance.
THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)
If you want to receive his forgiveness, come to Jesus! Repent and give him your life stained with sin, and he will give you a new life, that is fresh and clean to serve him.