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John 14:1-14

One and the Same

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John 14:1-14

One and the Same

By Lois Parker Edstrom

OBJECTS SUGGESTED: Popcorn––popped and in kernels. If appropriate to the situation, small bags of popcorn could be provided for the children at the conclusion of the lesson.

Let me describe something and see if you can guess what it is. It is fluffy and white. It is something that you can eat. You may like to eat it with butter and salt added. It is fun to eat it while watching a video. Yes, it is popcorn. (Show the popped corn.)

Now look at this. (Show kernels of popcorn.) Describe what you see. You see popcorn? How can that be? This is not fluffy and white; it is yellow and very hard. Would it taste good with butter and salt added? No, you cannot eat it while it is in this form.

When heat is applied to the kernels of corn, steam forms inside the kernel causing it to change its appearance and pop or explode into a tasty treat that we can eat.

In the Bible Jesus tells his disciples, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me….” (14:11). This is a difficult verse for many of us to understand. How can Jesus also be God, The Father? It may help to think about it in the way we see two different forms of popcorn. Both the kernels and the fluffy white popcorn we eat are both popcorn, but in two different forms.

Jesus also says something else that is an important thing to remember. “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me” (14:1).

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Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan