Trading Sins for Salvation (Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12) Sunday School Lesson & Activities

We cannot even fathom the depth of God’s love for us. He chose to take on humanity as Jesus and come to Earth to live and die for us. In this passage from Hebrews, we see how Jesus shows us who God is, and connects us to the Lord. Jesus traded Heaven for Earth, and He also trades our sins for His salvation. He grants us new life in Him and loves us more than we deserve!  

Use these free lesson plans and teaching activities in your Sunday School or children’s ministry. The download links below are 100% free and print-friendly.

Children’s Sermon: The Unfair Trade

This message uses a familiar idea of trading items to illustrate the Gospel principles of salvation. Children will consider what it means to give one thing up to get another, and how that concept relates to the life and death of Christ. When we accept His free gift of life, Jesus takes on our sin and “bad stuff” and in return makes us children of God. He has paid the ultimate price to give us a new beginning.

Bible Craft Ideas: The Cost of the Cross

We often teach children how Jesus came to Earth to live and die for us. However, we don’t always elaborate the essential reasons behind why He did so. The sacrifices Christ made for us included relinquishing a Heavenly throne in order to embrace humanity and take the punishment for our wrongdoing. These crafts aim to recount those essential truths. A “Journey of Jesus Wheel” traces His life, death, and resurrection. A “Cost of the Cross Collage” uses the cross to recall His tremendous love and gift to us.

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Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 ESV

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them,  a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little lower than the angels;  you crowned them with glory and honor
8   and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”

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