Here is one of The Scripture Lady’s favorite Gospel magic tricks:
It is both amazing and sobering to realize that the Bible says the blood of Jesus covers over the sin of all who believe in Him. Romans 4:7 says this: “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” Here is a a Gospel magic trick that uniquely shows this truth. It uses a great magic tool called “Dissolvo Paper” which can be purchased online. Here is a site that I have bought a couple of tricks from in the past and I am very happy with their service: http://themagicwarehouse.com/FL1247/Dissolvo-Paper-8.5-x-11-sheet-.html One sheet of paper is only $.50 and you can easily do the trick 10 or 15 times with one sheet.
What you will need to prepare:
Cut off a small piece of the Dissolvo Paper – 2″ x 3″
You will need 3 wine glasses:
One will will be empty.
One will be filled almost to the top with water
One will have about 13 drops of red food coloring down at the very bottom. I actually have a wine glass that has a nice dip in the very bottom that hides the coloring quite nicely. By the way, don’t skimp on the number of drops. You want a nice blood red, not a pink.
You will also need a pencil or pen.
I use a small table that I cover with a red cloth and place all the items on a serving tray.
Here is the script that goes nicely with this Gospel magic trick that I have adapted from the script found in the Dissolvo envelope
For this lesson, I am going to need a helper.
(Ask for a helper from the audience. When performing for children, try to pick one of the older kids in the audience as they will be able to think quickly of a sin in their life.)
Great! Thank you for volunteering! What is your name?
(Wait for the answer.)
Well, ____________, I am so glad that you are willing to help me with this lesson.
Here is what I’d like you to do. Can you think of the worst thing you’ve ever done.
(At this point, your helper will usually look a little sheepish and the audience will start laughing.)
Looking at the audience say: I bet you’re glad you didn’t volunteer to be up here!
But seriously, ____________. Don’t worry! You don’t have to tell me your wrongdoing or anyone here. It will only be between you and God.
Now, while ___________ is thinking about the worst thing he has ever done, I want to remind all of you in the audience that you have done wrong things too! In fact, the Bible says that all of us are something called sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But what is sin anyway? Try this definition with me: Sin is anything I think (point to your mind), anything I say (point to your mouth), or anything I do (make your finger wiggle around as if doing something) that displeases God. An example of a sin is lying; not telling the truth.
OK. So, _____________, have you thought of the worst thing or sin you have ever done?
(Wait for their response.)
Here’s the next thing I’d like you to do. Could you take this piece of paper (hand him the piece of paper) and write down one word which best describes that sin. For example, if you lied to your mom, you could just write the word “Lie” on the paper. Here is a pencil for you to write with. (Give him the pencil.) And after you’ve written your word, go ahead and fold the paper in half so none of us can read what you’ve written.
While ______________ is standing here and doing as I have asked, I want to remind everyone here something very serious that the Bible says. It says that every person since the beginning of time will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of all they have done in their lives, both the good and the bad. (For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10) Wow! That is serious stuff!
OK, _____________. Are you done writing your word down? Thank you. Now go ahead and place that piece of paper in this glass here. Awesome! Boys and girls, let’s give a big round of applause for my helper here. You were great and you may now sit down.
(Wait for applause to stop.)
Lift of the glass with the paper inside and show it to the audience and say: Here is the worst thing _____________ has ever done! (Usually there are some giggles.)
You know, every time I talk about sin, I can’t help but think about my own sin! (Put down the glass with the paper inside then place your hand on the glass of water.) In fact my mouth gets all dry just thinking about all the horrible stuff I’ve done in my own life that has displeased God. (Move your tongue around in your mouth as if you are dry and thirsty. Pick up the glass of water.) I remember when I was in high school and I… (before saying the sin, you will drink the water out of nervousness and muffle what you are saying. This can come off very funny if you look embarrassed and uncomfortable.) Or even just yesterday, I was driving down the freeway and someone cut me off and I started to say….(Once again, take a drink to block out what you said.)
But then I stop myself and I remember, “Hey, I’m a Christian! That means that I believe God loves me so much that He gave His one and only Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. (At this point, pour the remaining water into the third glass that is “hiding” the red food coloring. The glass will fill up with red water. The audience loves this.) And the Bible says that because I believe Jesus died for my sin, that His blood covers over my sin and Jesus completely forgives me! So, if ____________ is a Christian, then guess what…His sin will be covered over as well. (Pour the red water into the glass with the paper. The paper will dissolve fairly quickly. Then pour that water back into red water glass to show that the paper or “sin” is completely gone.)
(The audience usually claps at this point.)
Wow! I am so thankful that I am a Christian and that Jesus has forgiven me and that His blood covers over all my sin.
That is something I can really raise my glass to! (Raise your glass in the air.)
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