Jar of Sin Object Lesson


This object lesson demonstrates the salvation we have in Christ Jesus. Supplies needed are two jars, one larger than the other, four colors of food coloring, and bleach. You fill the larger jar 3/4 of the way with water, the other you fill completely with bleach.

To begin the lesson, you explain that the jar of water is a representation of our lives. Without sin we are clear and pure, like water. But because we are sinners, it is impossible to stay clear. The Word of God teaches us that we have ALL sinned. Then you demonstrate... say "how many of you have disobeyed your parents before?" Explain that disobedience is a sin and place a drop of food coloring into the water. Now repeat that step 3 more times, each time using a different sin (color) as an example, until the water turns an ugly green-brown.

Then explain that Jesus wants to come into our lives and fill the void (the 1/4 of the jar that is empty). Pour Jesus (bleach) into the jar of colored water and watch the transformation begin as Jesus takes away the sin in our life! You can put more drops of food coloring into the jar after Jesus has been poured in, and the food coloring will continue to disappear...just as Jesus continues to forgive and cover our sin, making us righteous before God.

We need Jesus. Without Jesus, we continue to get darker and blacker inside, as our sin makes us unrighteous. You can show this with another jar if you wish. Just add a third jar to the lesson, and don't add Jesus (bleach) to that one.