The Bible is the only authority to interpret itself. The Gospel is only a way of saying, “Good News!” The first four books of the New Testament in the Bible are called “The Gospels,” because they explain the “Good News!”
And what is the good news? The good news is that there is more to life than just this world. It explains the creation, the fall of man, the crucifixion, and the resurrection. But most importantly man’s relationship with God and the plan of Salvation that allows man to enter heaven and live eternally.
Many thousands of man-created illustrations have been designed to help us understand how all of these work together to explain the plan of God for man.
Sometimes it is harder to explain to small children all of this at once; and it would be overwhelming to them for us to get into such technical explanations and illustrations.
The “Jelly Bean Gospel” is very short and correct way to share the Gospel with small children and it can open up the conversation as they wonder, ponder, and ask questions.
This Easter if you have small children, you might want to use this illustration to help set their minds on the real meaning of Easter using modern day symbols.
JELLY BEAN GOSPEL:
In the beginning was God (white jelly bean). God created everything, including Adam & Eve. Adam & Eve disobeyed God, & brought sin into the world (black jelly bean). Sin separates & keeps us away from God. But God loves us so much that He wanted us back. He sent Jesus to live & die for us (red jelly bean). Jesus was crucified, buried in a tomb, & everyone thought that was the end of the story. But on Easter Sunday morning (yellow jelly bean), Jesus rose from the dead. He was alive again (green jelly bean)! Jesus died for us so that we could have our sins forgiven & be a part of God’s family (purple jelly bean). We can be happy (pink jelly bean) because of what Jesus did for us. “Orange” you glad that Jesus loves you!
Colors & their meanings are as follows:
White = purity, Godliness
Black = sin, evil
Red = Jesus, blood
Yellow = sunshine
Green = life
Purple = royalty
Pink = happiness (“in the pink”)
Orange = see the end of the story for this one.
The history of Jelly Beans
“Jelly beans became a wide-spread American treat in the early 20th Century, sold with other penny candies, and in the 1930’s the popular association of jelly beans and Easter was firmly entrenched in our culture, most likely due to the ovate shape (that means ‘shaped like an egg,’ but we prefer the fancy word).”
“Jelly beans earned fame as President Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat (he started munching on them to help him stop smoking his pipe). Jelly Belly, maker of the famous gourmet jelly beans, created the Blueberry Jelly Belly expressly for the president, who once said about himself and his comrades, “We can hardly start a meeting or make a decision without passing around the jar of jelly beans.”
For a more in-depth more adult explanation of the Gospel you may wish to read, “The Four Spiritual Laws” which can be found at this site.
PS: You can select one Jelly Bean of each color and place them in a small snack size Zip Lock bag along with the explanation of the “Jelly Bean Gospel” as great Easter favor for children.