It could just be that you’re scratching your head wondering what you’re going to say on Sunday morning in the kids’ slot. This is one I’ve used before to help our pre-school and primary school aged kids think about what’s going on at Halloween. Mum and Dad may need to raise their game for any subsequent discussion at lunch. But that’s not bad thing!
This morning we’re going to think about Halloween. It’s a time of the year when
- The shops have lots of scary costumes in them, like Sainsburys on the High Road
- The TV has lots of scary programmes, they even dressed up in costume on Strictly Come Dancing last week
- And lots of your friends may dress up as scary monsters, they may stay out later than usual and they may go round to other people’s houses asking for a treat.
There are some really good things about Halloween.
- It’s great to dress up and pretend to be something else
- It’s brilliant that God gives us an imagination so that we can invent stories
- It’s fun to have parties and share sweets and lots of other tasty food
That’s why we have a Pumpkin Party, where we’ll do all of those things. But there’s another side to Halloween that we ought to think about. Halloween is a time when people think about what frightens us.
Most people are frightened of things like the dark, monsters, spiders, witches, evil spirits and the devil. Those sorts of things are scary. Some of them are real and some of them aren’t. But they’re all scary. But God tells us in the Bible that we don’t need to be afraid of scary things for three very good reasons. Here then are three reasons not to be scared of scary things.
1. God made all the scary things
God tells us in the Bible that he made everything. Genesis 1:1 says, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. There’s nothing in this world that God didn’t make. That means he even made the scary things. We don’t know exactly why God let this happen but we know that He did. But because God made them it means that He’s in charge of the scary things. They can’t do anything that He doesn’t want them to do. So if we follow Jesus then we’re on God’s side. And he won’t let anything hurt us.
2. God is stronger than all the scary things
God tells us in the Bible that He’s not scared by anything He’s made. In fact it’s the other way around. The scary things are afraid of God. In Mark’s Gospel Jesus talks directly to a scary evil spirit. In Mark 1:25 he writes, “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek’. Every time that Jesus met an evil spirit it screamed and ran away from him. Jesus even met the devil. The devil tried to get Jesus to do what God didn’t want him to do. But he couldn’t. In fact, every time there’s a fight between God and the devil, God wins. That’s clearest on the cross. The devil thought He’d killed Jesus. But God made Jesus alive again. If we follow Jesus then we’re on God’s side. And Jesus showed that God is more powerful than any scary thing.
3. God will get rid of all the scary things
God tells us in the Bible that one-day He will get rid of all the scary things. Revelation 20:10 says, ‘And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever’. In heaven there won’t be anything that makes us afraid. One day Jesus will come back and send the devil away from us forever and ever. And so there’ll be nothing left to scare us. If we follow Jesus then we’re on God’s side. And he’s going to take us to heaven where there’ll be no scary things.
So even though lots of people might be thinking about the things that frighten them on Halloween, we don’t have to be scared because even though there really is a devil, Jesus is more powerful than him and has beaten him on the cross. If there’s more that you want to find out why not ask your Dad or your Mum.