ETERNITY = FOREVER… WHERE WILL YOU SPEND IT?
Just because the mouse lives in the cookie jar, doesn’t make him a cookie, as Papa ten Boom [from The Hiding Place movie] tells us. In the same way, just because we may believe in God or go to church, or even read the Bible, that doesn’t make us forgiven. One of the most important things we can do is to make sure our child knows the Gospel and the way to get to Heaven. It is NOT our default destination. God respects our CHOICE. We each have to choose it… one on one with God. And we have to do it His way, not ours. It’s all about a relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to make sure my kids know this. Here are some free Heaven colouring pages, puzzles, activities and free printable posters that will help explain it to them.
QUESTION: Would you consider yourself to be a good person?
Of course you would! But who are you comparing yourself to?
Another person? Or God? (And His pass mark is 100%)
THE BAD NEWS: WE ARE ALL BORN WITH A GENETIC DEFECT THAT SEPARATES US FROM GOD – WE ARE ALL S.I.N. POSITIVE
There is a problem. A big one. God created the world perfect. He gave Adam and Eve, the first humans, just one rule. They broke it. Now we are all born with a genetic defect that separates us from God. It’s called sin or rebellion. We may think that we are a pretty good person, but who are we comparing ourselves to? The person next to us… or God? We have ALL broken God’s laws and gone our own way. And when Jesus (God) was on earth, He raised the standard even higher. He said that even ***thinking*** about breaking one of God’s laws was sin. We ALL stand guilty and condemned. There is now a massive gulf between us and God. And it would take nothing but God Himself to find a solution to rescue His kids. Lots of people think they have a way to bridge the gap… or that they can make up their own rules… or that all roads will eventually lead to God… but let’s have a look at what the Bible – the Word of God – says.
WHAT WILL NOT GET YOU INTO HEAVEN
- Trying to be a ‘good’ person (our good can never be good enough)
- Obeying the Ten Commandments (the pass mark is 100%)
- Doing nice things for people
- Thinking nice thoughts
- Going to church
- Giving money to the poor, the church, or God’s work
- Believing in God (James 2:19 tells us the demons also believe… and tremble!)
- Praying to God
- Reading the Bible
These are all great things, but God is NOT impressed with our D.I.Y. efforts to win His favour. So how can I be sure that I will go to Heaven?
THE STORY OF MR BAD GUY AND MR NICE GUY
There were a couple of guys who wanted to swim from New Zealand to the USA. Mr Bad Guy and Mr Nice Guy. They both think they have a pretty good shot. The starting gun goes off. Mr Nice Guy makes a great start and is well out in front. His community service record of helping people is standing him in good stead. He is making some great strokes and getting some good distance between him and the shore. Mr Bad Guy has done a lot of bad guy stuff. He flounders and drowns in the shallows. But no matter how hard they try, or how far they get from shore, or how well they might do in relation to each other; the simple fact is: neither of them will ever be able to swim to America. In the same way, no matter how hard we try, or how good we think we might be, we can never be ‘good enough’ to get to Heaven. There was ever only one person who was good enough, who lived a perfect life and scored 100%. And that was Jesus Christ. God Himself.
THE GOOD NEWS: BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED
God loves you. You were created to know God in a personal way—to have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. First, you must realise that you are a sinner. There is a huge gulf between God and us. No matter how hard we try, we can never be good enough. There is no way we can cross it, but God’s love bridges the gap. Jesus Christ (who is God in human form) paid the penalty for all of our sins by His death on the cross, so that God can forgive us our sins and give us eternal life. He died an agonising death to rescue His kids. It’s the judge stepping down from the bench to pay the penalty of death for the condemned and guilty prisoner. We can’t buy it. We can never earn it. It’s a free gift!
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (this is the Gospel in a nutshell)
Colossians 3:12 God loved you and chose you for His own.
Revelation 3:19-21 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Romans 10:9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED
Where to start? God invites us cross over the huge gulf separating us by the ONLY bridge He has provided. This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son (i.e. Himself in human form) to die in our place. Jesus Christ (the innocent) died on the cross for us (the guilty), and paid the penalty of death for our sin and rebellion against a Holy God. It was a swap. He did die and was buried, but because He was God and perfect, He didn’t stay dead. He rose again! He was seen by somewhere like 500 eyewitnesses, many of whom lost their lives because they refused to deny it. Will you choose to commit your life to Jesus Christ right now, making Him the Lord and Master of your life? Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Repent = u-turn = to change your direction in life. Instead of running from God, run to Him. He is the perfect Father and He is crazy about you. Receive His love. He promises to live in your life and heart. When we give our lives to Jesus Christ we have eternal life.
Let’s talk to God about it.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe that You died to pay the penalty for my sins and rose again from the dead. I put my faith and trust in You. Please forgive all of my sins. I now turn from my sins and receive your free gift of eternal life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Please come live in my heart and be Lord of my life. Thank you for loving me and forgiving me. I worship You. Amen.
If you have just received Jesus Christ as Lord, then you now have a new love and a new life… eternal life! Your name is now recorded in the Lamb’s book of life. You can talk to Him about anything. Get to know Him through His Word, the Bible. This is just the beginning of a wonderful new intimacy with Jesus Christ. What’s next?
HEAVEN ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Choose your Kingdom – colouring (Answers in Genesis) showing two castles and the words: Of two, only one is true; free printable
Special agents (Mission one) – colouring and Special Agents ( Mission Two) – colouring (Answers in Genesis) Each colouring page shows both a boy and a girl dressed as special agents with words: Prepare to know, love and live for the one true God; one colouring page shows the two special agents landing on a roof from a helicopter; the other page shows the two agents in the street with their top secret instruments; free printable
Jesus died for me – colouring so that I may be a child of God, a member of His own family; angels blowing trumpets around the cross and Bible verse from Romans 3:25; write your child’s name on the cross; free printable
John 11:25-26 – colouring Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”; decorated with large flowers and a cross; free printable
Decide your side – colouring (Answers in Genesis) Three empty crosses on a hill and an empty tomb below with the words: Decide your side; free printable
Lamb’s Book of Life – colouring (Answers in Genesis) A group of people checking to see if their name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Don’t delay… make sure your name is there today; free printable
Truth – stained glass colouring (Answers in Genesis) the word ‘truth’ etched in stained glass; free printable
John 3:16 – colouring words swirling around hand with a heart in the centre; a cross; a crown; surrounded by light; free printable
John 3:16 – doodle to colour simple words in a doodle style; free printable
John 3:16 – colouring colour in the words plus butterflies; free printable
John 3:16 – colouring showing the life of Jesus from the manger – to the triumphal entry – to the cross – to the empty tomb – to the ascension; free printable
John 3:16 – colouring colour in the Bible verse words plus a few butterflies and flowers; free printable
1 John 4:10 – colouring Stone path to the cross; light shining through the clouds; a banner and these words to colour, ‘This is love. Not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins – alternative link; free printable
Romans 5:8 – colouring But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; a beautiful decorated cross in a doodle style with words radiating out from centre; free printable
Ephesians 5:2 – colouring Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a sacrifice and a fragrant aroma unto God. flower doodles; free printable
John 5:23-27 – colouring A believer no longer belongs to death. Christ gives believers not only resurrection life but gives life abundantly now; free printable
Acts 2:38-39 – colouring Every one of you must turn from sin, return to God and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; free printable
John 11:25 – colouring I am the resurrection and the life; free printable
Revelation 3:20 – colouring Behold I stand at the door and knock; free printable
God will forgive and erase a person’s sin because of Christ – colouring boy and girl kneeling to pray; free printable
Heaven – Christ will reign in peace – colouring young children looking after animals; free printable
Jesus is judge over all things – colouring free printable
Heaven – colouring city scene with gates, winding path and words, John saw a new heaven and a new earth. He heard Jesus say, “I am coming soon”; free printable
God cares for you – colouring (Answers in Genesis) Jesus with two boys and two giggling girls; free printable
John 3:16 valentine – colouring heart with Bible verse arranged so that the word ‘valentine’ is clearly marked; free printable
Cross falling across a large snake – colouring free printable
Heaven colouring pages: ABCs of the Gospel – colouring admit that you have sinned; believe God’s promise; confess; He was buried and that He rose again the third day; Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; All we like sheep have gone astray; Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved; Wordless Gospel book with room for your child to draw their own face; The Law teaches that we need God; I am the resurrection and the life; Go and preach the Gospel; I am not ashamed of the Gospel; For all have sinned; John 3:16; The narrow gate; Wide is the gate; I stand at the door and knock; But God showed His love for us while we were still sinners; Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; These are written that you may believe; The Father has sent His son to be the Saviour of the world; He who has the Son has life; For it is by grace you have been saved; free printable
HEAVEN ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Kingdom of Darkness to Kingdom of Light – maze (Answers in Genesis) The journey to the Kingdom of Light does not require a difficult trek because the King made the way easy for us. You see, His love has done more than we could ever imagine. Follow this map to discover a treasure far better than any gold or silver; in colour and beautifully decorated; free printable
God’s love for us / Grace changes everything (Calvary Curriculum) a selection of fun and busy Bible study booklets for kids with mazes, word searches, crosswords, fill-in the blanks, puzzles and decorated with cool clip art; free printable
Bible Puzzles (max7.org) great Bible puzzles for kids (I really like these for my older kids) – here are some direct links – How do I get to Heaven – maze; Jesus died for us so we can live with Him forever; The Blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanses us from all sin – hidden picture puzzle; The Gift of God is eternal life – dot to dot; Cling tightly to your faith in Christ; All who Trust in Jesus Have Eternal Life; Know God Know Life; Christ takes our sins gives us His goodness; God so loved the World that He gave His Only Son – word search; All who receive Jesus become God’s children; some also available in Spanish, French, Hindi, Swahili and other languages; free printable
How do I get to Heaven rank the good deeds needed for getting to Heaven, only to learn that Heaven is a gift, and cannot be earned; free printable
Romans 1 – Crossword Look up different Bible verses to solve this puzzle, The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; free printable
Power of the Cross – Puzzle (Cross-out) As Jesus died on the cross between two criminals, He asked His Father to do something very special for all of us, that is found in Luke 23:24; free printable
All sins forgiven – Puzzle Cross out words in this puzzle to reveal the message of 1 Peter 3:18, that Jesus died for our sins to bring us to God; free printable
John 3:16 – puzzle using a combination of words and pictures to work out the Bible verse; free printable
John 3:16 – puzzle work out the code to reveal the Bible verse; free printable
John 3:16 – word search 15 words; free printable
Matthew 22:37 – heart maze free printable
Jesus maze (scroll down to ‘Mazes and Puzzles’ – click on ‘Jesus Maze’) go through the maze to reach the cross and the name of Jesus at the centre; free printable
How do we respond to God’s gift to us – puzzle worksheet (Bible Society) coloured maze, crossword and other puzzles about the life of Jesus from His birth to His resurrection; (pdf) free printable
The Atoning Blood of Jesus Christ questionnaire to fill in from Bible verses to look up; free printable
HEAVEN ~ ACTIVITIES / CREATIVE IDEAS ~ Adapt these ideas to suit your child
Whose Kingdom will you choose? (Answers in Genesis) Although your story begins in the Kingdom of Darkness, the King has shown you great love. He gave His life for His disobedient children. If you turn away from the Dark Kingdom and swear allegiance to Him, He promises to give you a new life in the Kingdom of Light
The key to reaching the lost – article (Ray Comfort) What key did Jesus, Paul, Timothy, James and Stephen all use extremely effectively to reach the lost? Have you ever thought, “There must be a key to reaching the lost”? There is – but it’s rusty through lack of use. The Bible does actually call it “the key,” and its purpose is to bring us to Christ – to unlock the Door of the Savior (John 10:9). Yet much of the Church still doesn’t even know that it exists. Not only is it Biblical, but it can be shown through history that the Church used it to unlock the doors of genuine revival.
You are a precious pearl – devotional (click on ‘I don’t care’ to get behind the sign in screen) Priceless to God. But the beautiful pearl is covered with sin. God wants to clear off the dirt that surrounds us and bring out the beauty of who we are, as a part of His beloved creation. This cleansing starts when we completely give our lives to Jesus Christ, who suffered for all our sins and imperfections when He died on the cross. He wants to free the beauty captured by your sins, and make it visible to the world that surrounds you. He wants to show you to other people as a sparkling pearl. Filled with Him. Share this beautiful insight with your sponsored child.
Good news story booklet to make (Mary Dean Draws) with cute stick figures in a fun doodle style; free printable
Salvation – one page mini book – to make decorated with clip art; free printable
Salvation explained for kids So you heard there’s this guy named Jesus. But… Who is He? Why should you get to know Him? You see, way back in the beginning (yeah, even way before your mom and dad were born), God created the heavens and the earth…
The Power of the Cross a visual Sunday school lesson representing the deep canyon that separates us from God and how the cross of Christ bridges the gap
Am I a sinner? we have all committed sin; and to see sin for what it really is, a serious problem in everyone’s life.
Heaven is a free gift lesson to show it is impossible for someone to get to Heaven on their own efforts; all persons are sinners and this sin causes separation from God; God sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins and it is by placing our trust in Jesus alone that we can be saved.
No way across visual Sunday school activity showing how Jesus is able to restore the gap that sin created between men and God.
The cost of sin lesson to show children that they are separated from God because of sin, and that God is just, but also merciful.
The 10 Commandments Lesson to show we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s plans for us, but through faith in Jesus our sins are forgiven.
Jesus died for our sins Lesson to show children that Jesus loves us so much, He willingly died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. When we respond to God’s call to repent and ask Jesus to forgive our sins, He washes us clean so we may have eternal life with Him in Heaven.
Jesus is the answer discover that Jesus is God’s answer to our sin; Jesus died on the cross for us and purchased our place in Heaven. Jesus got what he did not deserve, to keep us from getting what we do deserve.
Finish the Story discover how God became human in the person of Jesus Christ so He could show us the way to salvation by thinking about how a farmer could lead some birds to safety.
Sin Spoils visual Sunday school activity making a sandwich using a piece of bread that is mouldy, to demonstrate how even a little bit of mould can ruin a good sandwich, comparing this to how even a little bit of sin, without Jesus can keep us from going to Heaven.
A heart for Jesus Visual Sunday school lesson using hard and soft candy to show soft hearts and hard hearts and how a person can have a relationship with Jesus – and the sin that covers the heart; and how each time someone sins another layer is added; then we refuse to admit we are sinners and try to cover our sin which is like the wrapper covering the candy. When a person removes the wrapper of denial and pride, the Holy Spirit can lick past all the hard stuff covering your heart and give you the gift of life. :)
The price is right Visual Sunday school lesson where children guess the price of several everyday items and discover the real price for Heaven.
Forgiveness in Jesus Sunday School edible treat representing how Jesus died on the cross to forgive the sins of all the people in the world.
The Empty Tomb Lesson to understand the resurrection of Jesus, and how the disciples found hope and joy because He rose from the grave. This hope and joy is available to all who know Jesus.
Trusting in Christ alone Lesson to help children discover that faith is the key to receiving the gift of salvation and to trust in Christ alone.
Heaven and Hell questionnaires to fill in from Bible verses to look up; free printable
What’s it like being in Heaven? activity for kids to choose some of the things they would like to do in Heaven.
Forgive Me – God’s plan of salvation (Billy Graham) God loves you and has a plan for you. Man is sinful and separated from God. God sent His Son to die for your sins. Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
Hell is for real, too (Greg Laurie) Hell is not a party and the devil does not rule over it. According to Jesus,Hell was created for the devil and his angels. The last thing God wants is for any person created in His image to end up in Hell… it’s because He loves us that He spoke about and warned of it often. The same Jesus who tells us of Heaven with all its glories also tells of Hell with all its horrors.
ABCs of salvation for kids with Bible verses Admit honestly to God that you have sinned and disobeyed Him. Believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. His blood was shed to pay for your sins. Choose to trust Jesus alone for the forgiveness of your sins.
HEAVEN ~ PAPER GIFTS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Romans 10:9 – Bible poster If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved; by Paper Gifts for Estefany; free printable
1 John 1:9 – Bible poster If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Ephesians 2:8-9 – Bible poster (scroll down) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast; showing a gift box; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Ezekiel 36:26 – Bible poster A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh; showing a red heart among dark rocks; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
John 3:16 – posters white background with a pretty watercolour splash and verse in white text; free printable
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – poster wooden cross against a beautiful dark sunset background; with light shining on the large face of lion behind cross and white lamb curled up at foot of the cross; for purchase
Jelly bean Prayer – Bible bookmarks for kids (scroll down) Children learn the salvation message with these cute and colourful jelly beans; 4 per page; free printable
The price was paid in full – cartoon (Answers in Genesis) One can only ‘rest in peace’ when one has ‘made peace’ with the Prince of Peace; But that peace is not made by us, because the price was paid in full by Him; free printable
Kids Million Dollar Bill ~ Gospel tracts from Ray Comfort and The Way of the Master team; send them to your sponsored child for them to hand out million dollars bills to their family and friends; for purchase (small cost)
Gospel tracts in 100 different languages also from Ray Comfort and Living Waters; so you can easily share the Gospel with your sponsored child and their family; free printable
“I do not believe that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach the Law. The Law is the needle, and you cannot draw the silken thread of the gospel through a man’s heart unless you first send the needle of the Law to make way for it.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
“There is no one in all of history to take your sins… only one… that’s Jesus Christ the Son of God… preach the Gospel at any cost.” ~ Franklin Graham
Do you know God?
Not good – just forgiven
Justification / Sanctification
The Gospel and you – in a 4 minute rap
Excuse me, if you were to die tonight where would you be – Heaven or hell?
Moses and God’s Top 10
Easter / Passover – FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
God’s promise of eternal life “Oh the wonder of it! The outrageous beauty! God didn’t have to give us cherry blossoms, you know… the promise of eternal life is out here, all around us! A week ago, these trees were just dead sticks–now they’re bursting with life! It’s a message from God, just like Walter said… Jesus said that whoever believes in Him will never die!… Springtime is God’s promise that someday we’ll all share His resurrection life!”
Franklin Graham (short video – less than 2 minutes) tells us there was only ONE person who died for our sins (hint: and it is NOT any other religious leader); powerful
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