Youth Ministry Illustrations - Roses and Thorns by sappken

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   Youth Ministry
    Illustrations -
  Roses and Thorns

     A rose serves as a
      reminder of the
        Easter story.

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   Material
   • A rose



  Activity
  1. Pass around a beautiful
     rose, with the thorns
     still intact, to the youth.
     Talk about how fragrant
     and pleasing it is.



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    2. Next bruise some of
       the rose petals and
       point out the thorns.
       Jesus Body was
       bruised for our
       iniquities and a
       crown of thorns was
       placed on his head.




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    3. Now Enlist someone to
       be a timekeeper and
       someone to take the
       rose and see how fast
       he/she can pull all the
       petals off the rose.
       (Make this into a fun
       contest). At the end of
       the “race” announce
       the time it took




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  4. Ask for another
     volunteer. Get the
     timekeeper ready and
     then announce – “Ok,
     let’s see if you can beat
     that time. Are you
     ready? Ok, get set….put
     it back together.”
  5. This is an interesting
     moment.




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  Application
  Sometimes things may seem
  hopeless. Christ was
  crucified, his body bruised,
  his blood shed and he was
  dead. While only God can
  make a rose, we can destroy
  it. In the same way, Christ’s
  was God in flesh, flesh
  created by God and then
  crucified by men.



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   It seemed impossible to
   bring him back to life. But
   with God all things are
   possible. No matter how
   hard one tries, you cannot
   rebuild a rose. It’s ruined.
   But God can restore life
   through Jesus Christ. Give
   each person a rose to
   remind them of the Easter
   story.



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