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John 20:19-31

What We Do Not See


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John 20:19-31

What We Do Not See


By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Helium-filled balloons

(To obtain a helium-filled balloon, check party-supply stores, florists, Wal-Mart or Costco)

Do you believe in things you can’t see? Can you think of examples? We can’t see the wind, although we feel it and see how it causes the trees to bend. And also the electricity that lights our homes – we can’t see it, but we know it is there and if we were to touch certain wires we could receive a shock.

I’ve brought along some balloons. See how they float at the end of the ribbons? Do you know what causes them to float above our heads? They are filled with a gas called helium. Helium is lighter than air so when the balloon is filled with that gas it floats.

If I were to pop one of the balloons, and I’m not going to do that because I don’t want to frighten you, you would not see helium escaping because it is invisible.

We can’t see helium, but we know it is in the balloons because they float. (You can further demonstrate this idea with a balloon that is not filled with helium – optional.)

After Jesus died he returned to be with his disciples and, of course, they were amazed. They could hardly believe what they were seeing. Jesus asked them, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed” (20:29).

We can’t see God with our eyes, but we can see all the wonderful things He created in our world. We also know of God because of the love we feel and receive from others.

Jesus says,“Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”

Bless you children.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan