The Colorful Bracelet

On one end of the bracelet is a yellow bead or gold.

Let's start there.

GOLD: This bead represents heaven. Heaven is where God lives and we want to be able to live with him there. But there is a problem, only something that is perfect can be where God is. Are we perfect?

BLACK: Next to the gold bead is a black one. This bead represents sin. Romans 3:23 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." If we have ever told a lie, hated someone, or taken something that wasn't ours, we have sinned. Romans 6:23 says that the penalty for sin is death. We have all sinned and the penalty for our sin is death.

BUT!

RED: The next bead is red. This represents the blood of Jesus. At the end of Romans 6:23, it says that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. John 3:16 tells us that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Jesus died on the Cross for our sin. He paid our penalty, when we believe in Him our sin is washed away.

WHITE: That's what the white bead represents, having our sin forgiven. How do we have our sin forgiven? Romans 10:9 says this "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." To be saved, we believe in Jesus. We believe that He died for our sin, that He was buried, and that He rose again.

What happens next?

GREEN: We learn more about Jesus and we grow, that's what the green bead is for. It's green like grass, grass grows all the time. After we trust in Jesus we are supposed to grow. That means we learn about Jesus from the Bible and we do what He tells us to do in the Bible. 2 Peter 3:18 says "but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen."

BLUE: The last bead is blue. This bead represents water baptism. The Bible teaches that everyone who believes in Jesus should be baptized. Being baptized doesn't save you. What it does is show everyone that you have trusted in Jesus and you want to live the way He says to live. In Acts 22:16 the Apostle Paul tells how a friend told him to be baptized. "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’"