God’s Good News In Colors

Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus goodsoni) ©BirdPhotos.com

The color GOLD reminds us of Heaven. It also makes us think about God, who lives in Heaven.

The Bible teaches us that God made everything, including you and me.

What does God see when He looks at you? Does He see somebody who makes Him happy?

God looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that … did seek God. Psalm 53:2

Because God can see everything we do, He knows us very well.

The Bible says that when God looks at us, He sees that everyone has done bad things.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) by Kent Nickel

The color BLACK reminds us of these bad things, which God calls sin. Because God is holy, our sin must be judged and paid for.

Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psalm 53:3

Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata) (2) by Raymond Barlow

Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata) (2) by Raymond Barlow

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus, His only son, to pay for our sin.

The color RED reminds us of when Jesus suffered, and bled, and died on a cross for you and me.

Jesus then rose from the dead, proving that He has won the battle over sin and death.

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

White Dove ©©

White Dove ©©

WHITE makes us think of things that are clean.

The Bible says that we can be clean in God’s sight by admitting that we are sinful, turning to God, and putting our trust in Jesus.

When we do that, He makes us ready for Heaven, and gives us a brand new life to live for Him.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Isaiah 1:18

Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) by Margaret Sloan

Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) by Margaret Sloan

Living things grow. That’s what GREEN reminds us of. God wants us to grow in our new life.

One very important way we grow is by reading the Bible. Another is by speaking with God in prayer.

God also wants us to grow by helping each other and gathering with other Christians.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2

 

God’s good news is that He loves you and wants you to be with Him forever! Remember the message of each color:

GOLD reminds us of God, who lives in Heaven.

BLACK speaks of how our hearts are dark with sin.

RED tells us about Jesus, who died to set us free.

WHITE shows the purity of new life in Christ.

GREEN is all about growing as a Christian.

When God looks at your heart, does He see the darkness of sin, or does He see that you have been washed clean through Jesus Christ? If you would like to have your sins forgiven, now is the time to turn your heart to God and put your trust in Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

The Salvation Story

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

If you would like to find out more about how to get to heaven, feel free to write to Lee@Leesbird.com.

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Wordless Birds

Wordless Woodpecker – Yellow-Fronted

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) by Dario Sanches

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) by Dario Sanches

This GOLD reminds us of Heaven. The Bible tells us Heaven has a street of gold! But the best part about Heaven is that God, who created you and me, lives there. The Bible, God’s Word, says: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 Jesus, God the Son, is in Heaven preparing a place for all who put their trust in Him. (John 14:2-3) God is holy and perfect. He cannot allow anything in Heaven that is less than perfect, so there’s one thing that can never be in Heaven. Can you think of what that might be?

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) ©WikiC

It is sin! That is what this DARK reminds us of. Sin is anything you think, say, or do that does not please God, like lying, cheating, being selfish, or hurting others. The Bible says: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” — Romans 3:23 That means everyone, big or little, young or old! No matter where you live or who you are, you have sinned. Everyone is born with a “want to” to do wrong. God says that sin must be punished (Romans 6:23), and the punishment for sin is to be separated from God forever in a place of suffering….a place called Hell. But God has a wonderful plan so that you will not have to be punished for your sin!

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) ©WikiC

God sent Jesus Christ, His perfect Son, to be born as a little baby. Jesus lived a perfect life….He never sinned. When He was grown, wicked men nailed Him to a cross. The bird’s RED reminds us of Jesus’ blood. The Bible says that without the giving of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). So Jesus Christ willingly died to take your sin punishment. “…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.“— 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Now, because of what Jesus has done for you, you can have your sins forgiven. Read on to see how!

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) ©Galo Torquato

The Bible says: “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believed on His name.” — John 1:12 The WHITE reminds us of a CLEAN heart. How can you have a clean heart? A = Admit to God you are a sinner and want to turn away from those sins. B = Believe in Jesus Christ, that He is God’s perfect Son who died for your sin, was buried, and rose again. C = Call on Him to save you from your sin. Would you like to do that right now? He has promised to hear, and once you are His child, He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). Take a moment and talk to God right now. It will change your life forever. Only one more color! What can it mean?

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) by Dario Sanches

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) by Dario Sanches

The GREEN stands for things that grow. When you ask God to forgive you and save you, you become His child. God wants you to get to know Him better and to grow to become more like Him. These four things will help you grow:

1. PRAY (talk to God every day)
2. READ & OBEY THE BIBLE (to know what He says, then do it)
3. TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS
4. GO TO A BIBLE-BELIEVING CHURCH (where you can learn more about pleasing Him)

As a child of God, if you should sin again, stop and tell Him about it. He promises in His Word… “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” — 1 John 1:9 Ask God to help you live a life to please Him! Share the Good News of this story with someone else.

The Wordless Book has been used for many years by CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship). These words are from CEF.

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) by Dario Sanches

Wordless Woodpecker – [Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons) by Dario Sanches]

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A friend shared with me about someone who uses the Toucan to teach the “Wordless Book.” So, why not a Woodpecker?

Other Wordless Birds:

Wordless Birds

Wordless Birds – With Hummingbirds

The Wordless Book

Story of the Wordless Book

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker – Cornell Neotropical

Feel free to share any of these “Wordless Birds.” All photos are Creative Commons.