Jesus faced opposition from many people, but the Pharisees were the most opposed to him. Nicodemus was a leader of the Sanhedrin, a group of Pharisees, but he respected Jesus. He is mentioned in the Bible in three different instances which each can be used when creating a craft. He is first mentioned in John chapter 3, verses 1 through 21, where he secretly meets Jesus at night to ask him the way to heaven. Then, in John chapter 7, verses 45 through 51, Nicodemus speaks up in Jesus' defense when the Pharisees are disputing when to arrest him. Lastly, after the death of Jesus, Nicodemus is seen in John chapter 19, verses 39 through 42, preparing the body of Jesus for burial.
Wall Hanging Quilt
Nicodemus used textiles to prepare Jesus' body for burial, so creating a craft in fabric can go hand in hand with this act. A wall hanging quilt with an appliqued motif of the three stages of Nicodemus in the Bible is an illustrative way to show his commitment to Jesus. Choose a rectangle shaped wall hanging where it can be divided into three panels.
Involve a Bible class in a group project to make a scrapbook and to reinforce the lesson. The class should be divided into smaller groups of around four to six where each group creates three pages showing the three texts in the Bible. They can then share their work with the rest of the class and express what they felt was the most important aspect of these stories. All the pages can then be inserted into a scrapbook that stays in the classroom.
A window box acts like a mini-theater stage where the act can be viewed. The inside of the window box can be filled similarly to a doll-house with small figures, trees, or whichever props are desired. Choose three medium size window boxes, around 16 inches squared. Each of the boxes can be creatively filled with the desired figures. The background can even be painted to match the scene: the first one at night with stars, the second in a tabernacle and the third at the tomb of Jesus.
Hanging paper lanterns can tell a story with their design. They are perfect for a group or family project. A string of clear Christmas lights, stock paper and colored pencils or markers are needed. The complete story of Jesus and Nicodemus can be told by drawing a piece of the story on each piece of paper. Bible verses can be included by writing them at the base with bold markers so they can be visible when the lights are turned off. When the designs are finished, tape the edges to form a tube and attach each lantern around a Christmas light with a strong clear tape.
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