But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Hebrews 10:12
The brazen altar is the first piece of furniture is the tabernacle of Moses. It’s located in the outer courts. This was where the sacrifices took place. The fires on this altar burned day and night, consuming sacrifices for the sins of the people.
We no longer have to sacrifice on the brazen altar. Jesus paid the price for our sin. He is our ultimate sacrifice.
Children cannot enter the presence of God until they have accepted this sacrifice, until they have been saved.
Leading children into salvation is the greatest thing you can do as a children’s pastor. Unfortunately, there are many who believe children shouldn’t accept Christ as their savior until their older, until they understand what their doing. This is faulty thinking. They may not understand everything about salvation. I don’t either. But they can respond to what they do understand.
According to Barna studies, 43% of all Christians today were saved before the age of 13, and 64% were saved before the age of 18. These statistics show how important it is to lead children to Christ at an early age.
In churches where salvation altar calls are given, it is joked about that some children will “get saved” every week. This should not be discouraged. Although you can teach children that the commitment they make to Christ will last, every time a child wants to respond to God, it’s a good thing.
Also as children grow and mature, they will respond to God on deeper levels and may feel the need to renew their commitment to God from time to time.
There were different types of offering given at the brazen altar. These types of sacrifices can help you teach children the ways they need to respond to Christ’s sacrifice for them.
- Sin and Trespass Offerings: Jesus was our sin offering. If we ask Him to He will save us from everything we’ve ever done wrong.
- Burnt Offering: We are to offer our lives & our own self-interests to God. Romans 12:1.
- Meal Offering: We offer our time & talents to God.
- Peace Offering: If we have anything against someone, we need to get it right before we worship.
The best method I know for teaching children about salvation is the Wordless Book. This link will show you how to use the book. These are the basic colors of the book:
- Gold represents God. God is in Heaven where there are streets of gold. God wants us to live in Heaven with Him.
- Black represents sin. We can’t live with God in Heaven because we have sinned.
- Red represents Christ. Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
- White represents salvation. If we accept Jesus as our savior, He washes away our sins making us as white as snow.
- Green represents growth. It doesn’t end there. God wants us to grow closer to Him.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of preaching salvation and the sacrifice Christ made to children. Unless children have accepted Christ as their savior, it doesn’t matter how good they are or how much they obey their parents and teachers. It doesn’t matter how many Bible stories they know and how many verse they memorize. They are still sinners in need of a savior.