For our lesson on Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, we talked a lot about sin and how we are tempted to sin. Our snack was a reminder of that theme. First, the teachers displayed a tempting looking bowl. There was something red on the bottom, whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top. Too bad the red stuff on the bottom was beets!
The teacher talked about how sin can sometimes look tempting, too. It may even seem good for a little while, just like taking a couple of bites of whipped cream off the top would be. But eventually you get farther and farther into sin and it’s not so pleasant anymore, and it’s not at all what you thought it would be when you started. So too with the beets at the bottom of our sundaes. Sin can look tempting and attractive, but it’s not what it seems.
We followed up the sundaes with a much less tantalizing snack, but something that was good for us. The teachers then talked about how the things God has planned for us may not look as good as the other things that tempt us, but they are what is good for us. God cares about us, so he gives us what we need and what is healthy for us. Apples and bananas were the real snack.
Honestly, I think the symbolism was lost on the very little kids, but that’s okay. The older ones were able to grasp it.