What better time of year to share the story of salvation than at Easter! Use Jelly Bean colors to help illustrate the “sweetness” of salvation within your family and with others.

Things you’ll need:
* Jar or bowl
* Bag of multi-colored jelly beans that include red, green, yellow, orange, black, white, purple, and pink
* Bible

Faith Talk:  
It’s easy to share the truth of Easter with Jelly Beans. After reading the poem below, select one Jelly Bean of each color for use during your discussion. (Of course, you can eat them when you’re done.)

Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for the hours of sorrow.
Pink is for a new tomorrow.

RED – 1 John 1:7—When Jesus was on the cross, the nails made Him bleed. Sing “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” and thank Him for dying on the cross for our sins.

GREEN – Psalm 23:2—God wants us to enjoy His beautiful creation.  Discuss some of your favorites (include each child by name as one of God’s special creations). You can also discuss locations in the Easter story—the tomb, the garden of Gethsemane, Calvary, etc.

YELLOW – Mark 16:2—Discuss the importance of the sun. It helps grow food, gives light, and changes the seasons. Jesus’ friends went to the tomb before sunrise on Sunday morning and found the stone rolled away.

ORANGE – Psalm 104:19—What colors do you see in a sunset?  What colors are your favorites? From sunrise to sunset and from sunset to sunrise, we can celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

BLACK – Romans 3:23—Compare a list of “bad” sins and “not so bad” sins. We may view them differently, and the consequences may be varied. However, any single sin separates us from God. We need God’s help!

WHITE – Isaiah 1:18—Although our hearts are dirty from sin, Jesus can wash us white as snow with forgiveness. Discuss how we wash our hands with soap before each meal to get clean. When Jesus forgives us, we are perfectly clean. GRACE is when God gives us what we do not deserve—forgiveness.

PURPLE – Mark 15:17—Purple is a color of royalty. Although Jesus is truly the King of Kings He was mocked by soldiers. They put a purple robe on Jesus and laughed at Him. They also twisted a crown of thorns and placed it on His head to make fun of Him. How do you think He felt?

PINK – Lamentations 3:22-23, Galatians 2:20—Every new day brings God’s great and faithful love toward me. When I give my life to Jesus, my new life in Him is a new “day”. We are new creations in Christ.

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