"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6 NIV)
Hey Kids! We learned that Noah obeyed God in everything, and exactly what God told him to do, he did it right away. It was Noah’s faith (trust and believing) in God that led him to build the ark that saved his family.
When all of Noah’s family, the animals, and all the crawling creatures were in the ark as God told Noah to do, it rained 40 days and 40 nights without stopping. The waters became deeper and deeper, rising higher and higher. All the people who were not in the ark looked for different ways to save themselves, but only those who were in the ark were saved.
God made a special promise to Noah to save him and his family. And He has made a special promise to you and your family, too! The same way that God provided the ONLY way for Noah and his family to escape the flood, God has provided the one and ONLY way for you and your family to be saved!
You might be thinking, "Whaaat, is there a flood coming? Do I need to build an ark to save me and my family? Do I need to get gopher wood and gather the animals?" Well no, a flood is not coming, but one day we will either go to heaven or hell. And it is all our choice. The ONLY way to heaven is to ask Jesus into your heart and life. God sent His Son, Jesus to die on the Cross to rescue you from your sins that separates you from God, forever! Yikes!!! Forever separated from God!!! Who wants that?
You see, we all have sinned. What is sin you ask? Sin is doing bad things like lying – not telling the truth, cheating, swearing, not obeying or respecting our parents or leaders, talking bad about others, doing things you shouldn’t on the internet, or watching movies that are not good.
God loves you and your family so much that He made a way, the ONLY way to never be separated from God. It is JESUS! Jesus took our place on the Cross for our sins: past, present and future. He took the consequences for our sins. And because He did this for us, we can go to God boldly and without any fear to ask Him to forgive us of all our sins. He will forgive you and throw your sin in the sea of forgetfulness. Yes, the sea of forgetfulness!! Where your sins go and are never to be remembered again. Totally erased from your life! That’s the power of the Blood of Jesus!
No matter how bad your sin is God wants you and He wants you close to Him. You and I have an enemy and His name is Satan, the devil. He has come to steal, kill, and destroy our lives. He wants you to hold on to your sin. He wants you to be ashamed and hide. The devil wants you to think that you are not good enough for God because of your sin. He wants you to be afraid to go to God and stop you from coming to God. He does not want you to come into God’s Ark of Salvation.
Do Not Listen to the devil. God sees everything you do, and He still loves you. He is waiting for you to come to Him.
Remember, what happened to all those that did not get invited to go in the ark? Yeah, we sure don’t want to be those left out of the ark!! But that’s not you! God is inviting you into His Ark. All you have to do is accept His invitation. Will you say, yes to God? When you come to God one drop of His Blood that He shed for you on the Cross is like an atomic bomb that will destroy every sin.
It is as easy as A, B, C!
A: Admit you have sinned, you need Jesus, and ask Him to forgive you of your sins
B: Believe that Jesus died on the Cross for you and rose from the dead
C: Confess (Say with your mouth) – Jesus come into my life and be the Lord and Savior over me and my life
Let’s together enter into the Ark of Salvation and say this prayer:
PLEDGE OF HONOR
"Jesus is my way, my truth and my life. He is the only way to heaven. I will help others to be saved by telling them about Jesus."
Hebrews 11:7 (NLV)
Because Noah had faith, he built a large boat for his family. God told him what was going to happen. His faith made him hear God speak and he obeyed. His family was saved from death because he built the boat. In this way, Noah showed the world how sinful it was. Noah became right with God because of his faith in God.
The Flood Begins
Then the Lord said to Noah, “I have seen that you are the best man among the people of this time. So you and your family go into the boat. Take with you seven pairs, each male with its female, of every kind of clean animal. And take one pair, each male with its female, of every kind of unclean animal. Take seven pairs of all the birds of the sky, each male with its female. This will allow all these animals to continue living on the earth after the flood. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. It will rain 40 days and 40 nights. I will destroy from the earth every living thing that I made.”
Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.
Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. He and his wife and his sons and their wives went into the boat. They went in to escape the waters of the flood. The clean animals, the unclean animals, the birds and everything that crawls on the ground came to Noah. They went into the boat in groups of two, male and female. This was just as God had commanded Noah. Seven days later the flood started.
Noah was now 600 years old. The flood started on the seventeenth day of the second month of that year. That day the underground springs split open. And the clouds in the sky poured out rain. The rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.
On that same day Noah and his wife, his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives went into the boat. They had every kind of wild animal and tame animal. There was every kind of animal that crawls on the earth. Every kind of bird was there. They all came to Noah in the boat in groups of two. There was every creature that had the breath of life. One male and one female of every living thing came. It was just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
Water flooded the earth for 40 days. As the water rose, it lifted the boat off the ground. The water continued to rise, and the boat floated on the water above the earth. The water rose so much that even the highest mountains under the sky were covered by it. The water continued to rise until it was more than 20 feet above the mountains.
All living things that moved on the earth died. This included all the birds, tame animals, wild animals and creatures that swarm on the earth. And all human beings died. So everything on dry land died. This means everything that had the breath of life in its nose. So God destroyed from the earth every living thing that was on the land. This was every man, animal, crawling thing and bird of the sky. All that was left was Noah and what was with him in the boat. And the waters continued to cover the earth for 150 days.