- a staircase (maybe the steps onto the stage in your building)
Have your class or family stand at the bottom of a staircase and you are at the top. Challenge any one of them to find a way to get to the top of the stairs without touching the stairs or the rails or the walls. Tell them there is a solution. If no one figures it out, then go to the bottom and have someone piggy back on you and carry them up the stairs.
The other message is the mission of Jesus, how he is the one to carry us up the stairs, we can't do it ourselves. That's what grace is; what the atonement is.
Some scripture references you can use with this lesson are 2 Sam. 22:49 ...thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
Ps. 3:3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
Psalms 30:1 I WILL extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Alma 36:3 ...I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.
And another saying that could be used:
Quaker Proverb: Thee lift me, and me lift thee, and together we'll ascend to heaven.
Source: Focus on the Family, some additions by Jenny