Use this glowing tonic water object lesson at Easter (or any time of year) to help teach kids that Jesus is the light of the world, and when we follow Him, we can be lights too!


  • Bible
  • Tonic water in a clear glass/cup
  • Blacklight

Say: One of my favorite verses is John 8:12, and in it, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in darkness. They will have that light. They will have life.” (NIRV)

Did you hear that? It said Jesus is the light of the world! And that if we follow Him, not only will we not walk in darkness, but we will have that light too! Pretty amazing, huh? I want to have the light of Jesus. Don’t you?

OK, so I have an idea. I have some special Easter water here (hold up clear glass/cup of tonic water) and look! It’s glowing! (turn down lights and hold black light near tonic water so it glows). Do you think that if I drank some, I would have the light of Jesus in me too?

Let’s try it. (Drink some water.) Am I glowing yet? (hold light near you, but be sure your clothes are not ones that will glow too brightly in the black light) No? Why not? I guess it didn’t work!

John 8:12 doesn’t say “drink special glowing water and you’ll have the light of Jesus.” What does it say? It says to follow Jesus. We have to believe that Jesus is God’s Son, that He died for us on the cross, and that He rose again 3 days later, and that’s what we celebrate at Easter. You don’t have to drink silly glowing Easter water to have Jesus’ light inside you. Jesus promised his followers that they would be lights too.

This object lesson is part of the large group teaching time for the Jesus is Light Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Event! Learn more about this unique Easter Event here.

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