This week's lesson (chapter 3) is very similar to what we learned last year. God created everything and made a beautiful garden where He had a close relationship with Adam and Eve. God would visit with them daily and walk through the garden with them. One day Satan convinced Adam and Eve to disobey God (sin). That put a wall between them and God. This was not the way God planned it, it wasn't what He wanted, BUT it was what He knew would happen. No longer could a holy God walk with the people. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden.
Slowly God's plan to redeem the undeserving people played out. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for all people so all people had a chance to be redeemed. Jesus died on the cross even though He had done nothing wrong, and rose again the third day to show victory belonged to God. We now had a simple, undeserved path to a clean relationship with God. All we need to do is believe Jesus died for our sins and then our sins are forgiven. We are still sinners because we still live in our old bodies. But God sees us as white as snow. We are forgiven sinners, redeemed saints, walking through a sinful world with God at our side. Praise God! One day we will have our new bodies and we will once again walk with God in the garden.
I hope you have been reading this weeks story (chapter 3) with your children/teens. Help them understand this important lesson. God bless you for loving your kids!