What do soft drinks, raisins and the Holy Spirit have to do with each other?
The answer lies in a science experiment found in lesson 1 of our Acts curriculum. It is used in the introduction and the connection part of the lesson. It goes like this:
I have some raisins here who think they can swim up and down if I drop them in a glass of water. Do you think they can do it? No! Let’s try it and see what happens. (Drop the raisins (or lentils) in a glass of water – they sink and nothing happens.) You were right, they cannot swim.
Now we are going to check again if the raisins can swim.
The jar is the same.
But this time I’m using carbonated water. Water with bubbles.
The raisins are the same. Let’s drop them in and see what happens.
Something is different this time. They are swimming up and down! Is it something the raisins did themselves that made it possible for them to swim? (No.) No, the raisins did not do it themselves. The raisins did not change, but the water has. It’s not normal water, it’s Sprite®. The water has bubbles in it, a special type of gas. Those bubbles attach themselves to the raisins and they are strong enough to lift the raisins up. When they get to the top, the bubbles burst and the raisins sinks down again.
This is such a cool picture of what happened to the disciples on the day of Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples! These bubbles give the raisins the ability to do something they cannot do in their own strength. In the same way the Holy Spirit gives us power. God gives us the Holy Spirit. We cannot give the Holy Spirit to ourselves, but God gives His Spirit to all believers. He lives inside all people who believe. So if you believe, the Holy Spirit lives inside you! And because of the power of the Holy Spirit inside us, we can do the things God calls us to do to build His Kingdom and tell the world about Him. Without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible, but with the Holy Spirit we can reach out to the world!
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